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Jack Taylor Baldridge
August 26, 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old
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Jack Taylor Baldridge, a beloved brother, uncle, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away on Saturday, August 26th, 2023, at the age of 90. He leaves behind a legacy of love, community service, and devotion to family.
Born on April 5th, 1933, in Little Paint, Kentucky, Jack hailed from a long line of Kentuckians and was deeply connected to his family's heritage. He carried with him the rich history of the land that his great grandparents had purchased in 1856. He was born to Ernest and Hazel Baldridge and had two siblings, Ernest and Janet.
Jack's educational journey led him to graduate from Ashland High School in 1951 and Marshall University in 1955. His commitment to service was evident as he served as a 1st Lieutenant in the National Guard from 1950 to 1962.
Jack married Ellen (Ernie) Johnson on April 15th, 1953, in Ashland, Kentucky.
Professionally, Jack made a significant impact in the insurance industry, starting his career in 1955 and becoming an integral part of Bituminous Insurance Company from 1963 to 1993. His dedication and expertise saw him rise to the position of Vice President of Underwriting. Jack's influence extended to New York City, where he served as Chairman of the Associated Commercial Property Insurers.
Jack's faith was an essential part of his life, and he actively participated in the First United Methodist Church in Rock Island, IL. He not only attended but also volunteered as a Sunday school teacher and youth leader. His commitment to community extended beyond the church doors; he served as the Vice President of the Jaycees, a director in the Chamber of Commerce, and actively contributed to the United Way, Music Guild, Big Brothers, and Boy Scouts.
Jack had an unshakable love for his Kentucky roots. He was a passionate fan of the Kentucky Wildcats and took immense pride in his home state. He was also an avid supporter of his grandchildren in all their sports and activities. His love for knowledge and history was reflected in his reading habits, as he stayed well-informed about current events and had a deep understanding of history. Jack's passion for exploring new places led to countless family vacations and reunions, creating cherished memories for all.
Survivors include his wife, Ernie Baldridge, and children: Debbie (Bill) Miller of Manakin Sabot, Virginia, Tim (Robyn) Baldridge of East Moline, Illinois, Melissa (Bob) Feller of Hampton, Illinois, and Joe Baldridge of Silvis, Illinois. He is also survived by seven adoring grandchildren: Josh Baldridge of Prophetstown Illinois, Alissa (Patrick) Herbert of Silvis, Illinois, James Baldridge of Glen Allen, Virginia, Scott (Elisabeth) Feller of Rock Island, Illinois, Renee (Dan) Kurtz of Edwardsville, Illinois, Jenna (Matt) Gibb of Colona, Illinois, Ben Baldridge of Silvis, Illinois. He also has seven great-grandchildren: Chaz, Cole, Kennan, Ruby, Isabelle, Ellen, and Hazel, a testament to the love and family bonds he held dear throughout his remarkable life.
He was preceded in death by their children Jack Baldridge (1954) and Geoffery Baldridge (1960), parents, and siblings.
Jack Taylor Baldridge will be remembered not only for his professional achievements but also for his kindness, generosity, and unwavering commitment to his family, faith, and community. His legacy of love and service will continue to inspire those who had the privilege of knowing him, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of many.
Memorials made to Winning Wheels Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center in Prophetstown, IL or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation are greatly appreciated.