Robert J. Naylor

BRANDON - Robert John Naylor, age 92, died Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Naylor was born in Weybridge on May 23, 1920. He was the son of William and Faith (McCray) Naylor.

He received his early education in Weybridge and Whiting schools, and was graduated from Brandon High School. He furthered his education in Minneapolis, Denver and Toronto.

He entered active military service in April 1942 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in April 1943. Following his release from active duty as a 1st Lieutenant in 1946, he returned home and began his career with General Mills as the branch manager in Brandon. He later became district manager and was responsible for branches in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and New York. He afterwards founded the R.J. Naylor Co., which was eventually sold to H.K. Webster which became Blue Seal Feeds. Bob later worked for the Johns Manville Co., as a sales representative in Vermont and New Hampshire and was promoted to Regional Sales Manager for New England. He retired in 1986.

Following retirement, he and his wife spent winters in Bradenton, FL, and summers in Vermont. Bob was an avid golfer and along with the late Herbert LaRock, founded The Neshobe Golf Club, where he had served as president and general manager.

He was a member of St. Paul's Masonic Lodge 25 F. & A.M., Cairo Shrine and belonged to several other Masonic bodies. He was also a member of Brandon American Legion Post 55, the Elks Club of Rutland and the Vermont Senior Golf Association.

Surviving is his son Robert J. Naylor, II and his wife Christina of Sudbury, and his daughter Leslie Naylor Kelly and her husband Robert of Brandon; his three grandchildren: Lexi Naylor, Rick Naylor and Ryan Kelly; and a sister Helen Kingman of St. Albans. He was predeceased by his wife, Alta Wheatley Naylor on June 27, 2001; they were married in Brandon on November 28, 1948.

Honoring Bob's wishes, a private graveside committal service and burial, with military honors, will take place, at a later date, in the family lot at Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandon. The Rev. Albert "Skip" Baltz, Chaplain of the Vermont Army National Guard, will officiate.

Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made, in his memory to: Rutland Area Visiting Nurse & Hospice, 7 Albert Cree Drive, Rutland, VT 05701, or to The Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon.

Published in Rutland Herald from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, 2012