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James R. Naylor

October 30, 1944 — July 4, 2024

Crystal Lake

James R. Naylor

James R. Naylor, 79, of Crystal Lake passed away peacefully on July 4, 2024. He was born on October 30 1944, in Chicago to Thomas and Agnes (nee Hodgins) Naylor. 

James proudly served his country in the United States Army, where he exhibited bravery and courage, earning 2 Purple Hearts for his service during the Vietnam War. His commitment to his fellow soldiers and to the nation was unwavering.

After his military service, James pursued a career as a tax accountant, applying the same diligence and precision to his professional life that he displayed in his military career. He graduated from Triton College in 1973, demonstrating his determination to further his education after returning from service.

On May 17, 1969, James married the love of his life, Barbara Cronkrite. They celebrated 47 beautiful years of marriage until Barbara's passing in 2016. Together, they created a home filled with love and cherished memories.

In retirement since 2000, James enjoyed pursuing his passions, particularly fishing. An avid fisherman, he found solace and joy in casting his line in the serene waters of Michigan and Wisconsin, often sharing these moments with family and friends.

James is survived by his daughters Jennifer (Anthony) Mazzolini and Jacqueline (Scott) Rudden; his grandchildren, Adrianna Mazzolini, Tyler and Ava Rudden; his sister, Jeanette Aubert; and by his many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In addition to his wife, James is preceded in death by his parents. 

Visitation will be Thursday, July 11, 2024 from 4 PM until the 7:30 PM funeral service at Davenport Family Funeral Home and Crematory, 419 E. Terra Cotta Ave. (Rte. 176), Crystal Lake, IL 60014. Graveside service and entombment with military honors will be on Friday, July 12, 2024 at 11 AM at Windridge Memorial Park, Cary.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516, www.woundedwarriorproject.org/ or to Vietnam Veterans of America, https://vva.org/donate/

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Visitation

Thursday, July 11, 2024

4:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Davenport Family Funeral Homes and Crematory – Crystal Lake

419 E Terra Cotta Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

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Funeral Service

Thursday, July 11, 2024

7:30 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Davenport Family Funeral Homes and Crematory – Crystal Lake

419 E Terra Cotta Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

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Graveside Service

Friday, July 12, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

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