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Richard Naylor


Dr. Richard "Dick" Wayne Naylor, age 78, passed away peacefully on Thursday evening, Nov. 29, 2018, at the River Terrace Health Campus.

He was born on June 24, 1940, in Franklin County, Indiana, to the late Merritt Naylor and Betty Dorrel Naylor.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lorna Miller Naylor. Two children blessed this union, daughter, Cheryl Naylor Hartman, and son, Christopher Naylor. In addition, Dick had four grandchildren, with the fifth to arrive shortly. He had one sister, Nancy Naylor Bodnar, and five nieces, one nephew and many other beloved relatives.

Born in humble fashion, Dick's parents farmed and raised livestock, mainly Hampshire hogs. He participated in this family business and became a 10 year 4-H member. He won numerous awards showing livestock at the local and state fairs. This competitive drive followed Dick into high school, graduating from Brookville High School in 1958. He participated on the varsity football, basketball, and baseball teams but his overriding passion became baseball. He went on to play baseball at Ball State University in second base and shortstop positions.

While at Ball State, Dick was a founding member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, Epsilon Omega chapter. He graduated from Ball State in 1962, majoring in education. Later, as Dick would often fondly recall, the very best thing that came from his tenure at Ball State was his wife, Lorna, whom he met there. They were married in Waldron, Ind., on Jan. 26, 1963. They welcomed their daughter, Cheryl, into their lives and later son, Chris.

Dick was committed to seeking as much education as possible, which was instilled in him by his parents. He earned his Master's degree in guidance and counseling from Ball State in 1966 and then pursued his doctorate from Indiana University. Dick began his teaching career at Sandusky (Ind.) High School where he taught and coached basketball, track, and baseball. The following year, he moved to Burney (Ind.) High School, where he served as a multi-sport coach and athletic director. In 1966, Dick began a career at Hanover College that spanned almost four decades. He joined the Hanover College physical education staff as assistant basketball, baseball and cross country coach, athletic trainer for all sports, and head golf coach.

In 1970, he began the longest coaching tenure in Hanover College history, when he was promoted to head baseball coach. From 1970-2005, Naylor led Hanover's baseball program to a 791-577 record — the most wins in school history in any sport, with four league championships. Dick served as Hanover's men's cross-country coach for 24 years (1966-89). He guided his men's team to four consecutive trips to the NAIA national championships in the mid-1970s (1974-1977). He sent two athletes to the national meet in 1978 and had individual runners compete at the 1983, 1986, and 1987 finals. His 1974 squad won the Hoosier-Buckeye Collegiate Conference and Little State championships, while his 1975 and 1977 teams captured the HBCC crowns. Dick was named the District Coach of the Year in 1973, 1975, and 1976. He was the Hoosier-Buckeye Conference Coach of the Year in 1974 and 1975.

Dick served as men's athletic director from 1991-98. During that span, he supervised the college's transition from the NAIA into the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the construction of the Horner Health and Recreation Center. Dick was inducted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Hall of Fame in 1992, the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1996, and the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2003. He joined the Hanover College Athletic Hall of Fame following his retirement in 2005. In 2014, the college honored Coach Naylor by naming the Hanover College baseball diamond the Dick Naylor Field. He was known to many as "Mr. Hanover".

Locally, Dick was a member of the organizing committee for the Madison Courier's annual 10-kilometer race for more than 30 years. He also served the Madison, Indiana Park Board for 10 years. One of his great passions was supporting the "Big Red Machine", the Cincinnati Reds. Gardening and later grandchildren filled his leisure time activities. Perhaps the greatest legacy that Dick leaves is the thousands of young men whom he mentored and coached for 39 years. He taught more than just the game of baseball. These young men were taught how to play the game of life. Respecting the rules and leading by example, Coach Naylor, through his young charges, impacted the world in a positive and powerful way.

Dick will be missed by his loving wife of 55 years, Lorna Lynne Miller Naylor, of Madison, Ind.; daughter, Cheryl Hartman, and her husband, Mel, of Fountaintown, Ind.; son, Chris Naylor and his wife, Lydia (Lehner), of Carmel, Ind.; his grandchildren, Tyler Hartman, Riley Hartman, Madison Hartman, and Levi Naylor, with another grandson on the way; his sister, Nancy (Naylor) Bodnar and her husband, Rich, of Brookville, Ind.; his brother-in-law, Richard "Rick" Zirkman, of Springfield, Ohio; five nieces, one nephew, and many other beloved relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father, Merritt K. Naylor, who died Sept. 24, 1976, his mother, Betty J. (Dorrel) Naylor-Hall, who died Aug. 1, 2011, his stepfather, Harry Hall, and his sister-in-law, Roseanne (Miller) Zirkman.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at 2 p.m., by Pastor Steve Rundel at the Brookville United Methodist Church, 150 East Eighth Street in Brookville, Ind. Interment will follow in the Big Cedar Cemetery near Brookville, Ind. Friends may visit Friday from 4-8 p.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive Madison, Ind. and Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of service at the Brookville United Methodist Church, 150 East Eighth Street in Brookville, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hanover College Baseball (Hanover College Naylor Memorial, 517 Ball Drive, Hanover, Indiana 47243) or to the Naylor Family Scholarship Fund (Franklin County Community Foundation, 527 Main Street in Brookville, Indiana 47012).

Cards are available at the funeral homes and the church or online at www.morgan-nay.com