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Walter “Dick” Naylor

June 14, 1946 - June 30, 2022

Walter “Dick”  Naylor Walter “Dick”  Naylor
    July 5, 2022 | 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Tuesday
  • Chapelstreet Church
    2300 South Street
    Geneva, IL
  • Funeral
  • July 5, 2022 | 7:00 P.M. Tuesday
  • Chapelstreet Church
    2300 South Street
    Geneva, IL
  • Burial Location
    Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery at a later date

Dick Naylor unexpectedly passed away at home on June 30, 2022.

Dick was born in Chicago, to Glenn and Genevieve Naylor, on June 14, 1946. Dick grew up in Chicago and graduated from Reavis High School in Burbank, IL. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from NIU and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Dick worked many years in commercial insurance brokerage and risk management. He also worked, at times, as a teacher as well as a real estate agent.

Dick served his country as an Aviator in the U.S. Army. He took great pride in his military service. Dick was active duty for three years and flew helicopters in Vietnam during that time. He went on to serve 23 years as an Army reservist, retiring in 1996 in the rank of Lt. Colonel. Being born on Flag Day it was a rare occurrence to ever see him without an American flag being worn or displayed somewhere on his person.

Dick accepted Christ as his personal Savior at the age of 11 while attending Phantom Ranch Bible Camp in southeastern WI. It was also there that he would later meet Peggy Best. Peggy turned out to be the love of his life and the woman he would marry in February of 1970. Dick and Peggy recently celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary.

Dick was strong in his faith and loved sharing it with others. His faith was one of his greatest passions. He never missed an opportunity to share with others that they, too, could have a relationship with Christ and that he promises an eternal home in Heaven. Dick absolutely loved his family and friends but he looked forward to the day that he would reach that eternal home. He has now arrived and is, undoubtedly, smiling and pain free.

Dick LOVED to play golf. He played his last round on Thursday just hours before he left us. He remained active and was always on the move. Dick participated in many Bible studies throughout the years. This past year he became very involved with the St. Charles Veteran’s Center. The center is made up of four groups: the American Legion, the VFW, AmVets, and Vietnam Vets. Dick served as one of their Chaplains. His duties included visiting veterans at their homes or assisted living facilities as well as driving them to various appointments. He loved helping and serving his fellow veterans.

Dick is survived by Peggy, his wife of 52 years, as well as their four adult children and their spouses: Scott(Mary) Naylor, Steve(Jessica) Naylor, Tim(Jennifer) Naylor, and April(Joe) Howard. Dick is also survived by his 16 grandchildren whom he loved dearly. He was so proud of every single o(ne of them. He is also survived by his sister Sandie(Robb) Rapp-Bay, his brother Dan(Georgene) Naylor, his 93 year old maternal aunt, Babe Marcetich, as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Dick was preceded in death by both of his parents as well as his brother, Howard(Bud) Naylor.

Dick was a passionate and loving person who will be dearly missed by everyone whose life he had a part in. He lives on in the hearts of countless family and friends.

In lieu of flowers we ask that donations be made, in Dick’s name, to Phantom Ranch Bible Camp at the following link:
Donations can also be mailed to the camp at the following address:
Phantom Ranch Bible Camp
W309S10910 County Road I
Mukwonago, WI 53149


Denny & Cyndi Hinds from Jackson, TN

"Sad to hear about Dick passing and asking God for grace for Peggy and family. Knowing that Dick is now with his Lord and Savior does warm our hearts. We’ll see you again cousin!"

Dan Naylor from Bloomington, IL

"So sorry to see Dick taken so soon. He had his heart in the right place."

Nancy Abbott from San Antonio, TX

"Peg and family, I’m so very sorry for the loss of Dick. What a special man he was! Praying for you all as you grieve his loss.❤️🙏🏻❤️"

Rhoda Engstrom from Batavia, IL

"Jim and I are so saddened to hear of Dick’s sudden passing. We were hoping for a few more social get togethers - we always enjoyed the company of Dick and Peggy. We were blessed to have known Dick; to have had the opportunity to worship together in years past and to see each other’s families grow and multiply. May Jesus hold your family close and provide comfort as you grieve your loss."

Sharen Sommerville from Wheaton, IL

"It seems just a short time ago that you and I were classmates at Foreman High, Peggy. And now today and in the coming weeks, my prayers are with you and your family during this time of heartache and loss. May you sense God's closeness and His love for you day by day, and treasure His sure promise of eternal life."

Holly Daniel from Batavia, IL

"What a privilege it was for me to do 10 weeks of Rooted group meetings at Chapelstreet Church this Spring with him & Peggy, to get to know his servant heart and passion for the gospel, and hear his wisdom and experience from years of following God, and see this beautiful couple who have been married for so many years… Just from that Rooted group alone, he has had an impact on so many and that legacy will be continuing for years if not generations! 🙌🏻❤️ Thank you, God. And we know Dick is now where he longed to end up!"

Larry Lewis from Fort Myers, FL

"Brenda and I, Were so saddened to hear of Dicks home going! Our memories are so filled with happy time together. Peggy you are deeply love by us and so many!"

Donald K Hubbard from Batavia, IL

"My sincere condolences to Dick's family. Although a true patriot who served our Country with distinction, first and foremst, Dick served God thourghout his life. He loved his family deeply, and will be sorely missed by whomever lives he touched and impacted. Rest In Peace my friend. Your "brothers have the watch"."

Bob and Helene Winters from Oak Lawn, IL

"Bob and I were so sorry to here of the passing of a truly wonderful man, Dick. May your treasured memories be forever held in your heart. Offering Our Sympathy and Love. Heaven Gained An Angel"

Charles Leingang from St. Charles, IL

"So sorry to hear about your loss. I recently enjoyed socializing with Dick at the recent St. Charles Poppy Days. He truly was a special person.cleingang"

Virjean Beach from Arlington Heights, IL

"Dearest Peggy, Larry and I are sadden for you to hear that Dick passed away but to full of joy that God has every breath counted for each one of us and that he is with the Savior he loved so much. What a hope knowing that we will all see each other again On June 30th we were on vacation and I had a feeling that someone I knew needed God's intervention so I prayed for that person not knowing who or why. You were on my heart all day and when I got home on Friday I knew then it was you and your family I was bringing to the throne. So many memories or our friendship through the years. I am asking God for peace and understanding and comfort . You are loved !"

Brenden Page from Chandler, AZ

"Dear Naylor family, Peace be with you all...Please know of our heart-felt thoughts and prayers as you mourn and celebrate your Dad's passing. Mrs. Naylor, our deepest sympathies. I have fond memories of spending time with Steve and the family back in the day--your home was always a place of warmth and hospitality (and good humor)! Sorry we have not kept in better contact and yet we remain connected in the Love and Hope of Christ. Sincerely, Brenden (and all of the Page family)"

Mike Mahoney from Glen Ellyn, IL

"I am shocked regarding Dick's passing. Dick & Peggy recently came to my wife's memorial service. I intended to contact Dick because I hadn't seen him in quite awhile. I'm disappointed that I won't get to do that now."

Mark and Maureen Dixon from Geneva, IL

"From our hearts to the Family of Dick Naylor; Peace and thoughts to you . He had a wonderful life and the Family and his activities are proof he was so Blessed"

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