Edwin C. Taylor, 98, passed away May 19, 2023. He was born August 28, 1924 in Greene, Ohio to the late Dorothy and Claude Taylor. Edwin was predeceased by his wife, Patricia, and sisters, Doris Porter, Joanne Roberts and Nancy Donnell. He is survived by loving companion, Karene Hall and by children, William Boyd (Elizabeth), Janice Benjamin, Daniel (Kimberly), and Betsey Nelson (Dennis); as well as, twelve grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
A United States Navy veteran, having served honorably in World War II in the Southwest Pacific and Philippine Islands, Edwin engaged in action as a member of the 7th Fleet Amphibious Forces. He attended the University of Wisconsin, Ohio State University, Ohio Northern University, and New York University graduate law school. Edwin was admitted to The State of Ohio Bar.
Edwin was a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, retiring after twenty-five years. He was agent in charge of the Painesville, Ohio office of the F.B.I. Edwin received several letters of commendation and meritorious awards for successful investigations of organized crime and Soviet espionage cases in the New York City and New Jersey areas. Among them was the Colonel Rudolf Abel Soviet spy case, which the movie "Bridge of Spies" was based, and the arrests and convictions of members of the Genovese and Gambino La Costa Nostra crime families.
After retiring from the F.B.I., he was employed as Deputy Director of the Office of Budget and Management for the State of Ohio, and retired as Executive Director of the Ohio Lottery Commission. While with the Lottery Commission, Edwin received honorable recognitions from the State of Ohio House of Representatives, the State of Senate, and the United States House of Representatives. He was also a certified instructor of the Ohio Peace Officer Program, and was a contract investigator for the Federal Government. Edwin was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and a lifetime member of the Society of Former Special Agents of the F.B.I. He was a member of the Ohio State Alumni Association in the Ohio State Golf Club, as well.