Francis E. Naylor, 83 years old, of Independence, Iowa, died on Saturday, February 22, 2020, at his home in Independence. He was born on February 15, 1937, in Fairbank, Iowa, the son of Henry Granville and Edna Mae (Albert) Naylor. He graduated from high school after serving in the U.S. Army. On June 18, 1960, he and the former Elaine Margaret McCardle were married in Independence. They later divorced. At the time of his retirement, Mr. Naylor was the head custodian at the Colorado Springs School District in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He returned to Independence in 2012. Mr. Naylor enjoyed refinishing and rebuilding furniture. He also enjoyed all woodworking, hiking, and fishing.
Mr. Naylor is survived by 3 sons, Rodney Naylor of Kirksville, Missouri, Wayne (Gretchen) Naylor of Jordan, Minnesota, and Bradley (Robin) Naylor of La Plata, Missouri, 1 daughter, Mary Beth (Kirk) Mikita of La Plata, Missouri, 11 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. He is also survived by 3 sisters, Lorraine Romick, Florence Hermsen, and Evelyn McCalley, all of Independence, and 3 brothers, Donald Naylor of Oxford Junction, Iowa, Kenneth Naylor of Independence and Richard (Linda) Naylor of Papillion, Nebraska.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister, and 3 brothers.
Graveside services will be held at a later date at Brandon Cemetery in Brandon, Iowa. White Funeral Home of Independence is in charge of arrangements. On line condolences may be left at www.White-MtHope.com.