Dick Naylor

Richard “Dick” Wayne Naylor, 78, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, at River Terrace Health Campus.

He was born June 24, 1940, in Franklin County, Indiana, the son of Merritt Naylor and Betty Dorrel Naylor. Born in humble fashion, his 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 him into Brookville High School where he graduated in 1958. He participated on the varsity football, basketball and baseball teams but his overriding passion became baseball. He went on to play second base and shortstop positions at Ball State University. While at Ball State, he was a founding member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, Epsilon Omega chapter. He majored in education and graduated from Ball State in 1962. He earned a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Ball State in 1966 and then pursued a doctorate from Indiana University. He began his teaching career at Sandusky High School, where he taught and coached basketball, track, and baseball. The next year, he moved to Burney High School, where he served as a multisport coach and athletic director. In 1966, he 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 until 2005, he led Hanover’s baseball program to a 791-577 record — the most wins in school history in any sport, with four league championships. He served as Hanover’s men’s cross-country coach for 24 years from 1966 until 1989. He guided his men’s team to four consecutive trips to the NAIA national championships in the mid-1970s from 1974 until 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. He 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. He served as men’s athletic director from 1991 until 1998. 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. He was inducted into the National Association of Intercollegiate (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 after his retirement in 2005. In 2014, the college honored him by naming the Hanover College baseball diamond the Dick Naylor Field. He was known to many as “Mr. Hanover.” He was a member of the organizing committee for The Madison Courier’s annual 10K race for more than 30 years. He also served on the Madison 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 activities. Perhaps the greatest legacy that he leaves is the thousands of young men 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.

He is survived by his wife, Lorna Lynne Miller Naylor of Madison; one daughter, Cheryl Hartman of Fountaintown, Indiana; one son Chris Naylor of Carmel, Indiana; one sister, Nancy Bodnar of Brookville, Indiana; four grandchildren, with another grandson on the way, and several other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by his stepfather, Harry Hall.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Brookville United Methodist Church in Brookville, Indiana. Burial will follow in Big Cedar Cemetery near Brookville.

Visitation will be at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre Friday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday at the church from 1 p.m. until the service.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Hanover College Baseball (Hanover College Naylor Memorial) or to the Naylor Family Scholarship Fund (Franklin County Community Foundation). Cards are available at the funeral homes and the church or online at morgan-nay.com

Robert Scott

The Rev. Robert Scott, 74, of Madison died Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, at his home. Arrangements and additional information are pending at Lytle Welty Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Vail Chapel or at lytlewelty.com