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Dateline: Richmond

Dr. Robert Lee Bob Nayle, 84, husband of Suzanne Gragg Nayle, died on Friday, August 11, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky at St. Joseph- East after a long battle with Alzheimers Disease.

Bob was born on September 24, 1932 in Irvine, Kentucky, and was the son of Herman and Frances Parker Nayle, both of whom preceded him in death. He attended the University of Kentucky where he played on the baseball team. He then went on to receive his Masters Degree from Western Kentucky University and his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Kentucky. He served in the United States Air Force. Bob taught mathematics at Ft. Knox High School where he was the mens golf coach and the assistant baseball coach. In 1967 he joined the faculty of Eastern Kentucky University as a Mathematics professor.

Bob was very active in the Richmond community. Over the years he was a Richmond Little League coach, board member, and chair for many years; a long-time member and past president of the Richmond Kiwanis Club; an active organizer for the Madison Central High School Academic and Athletic Booster Club; long-time Telford YMCA board member and past vice chairman; and was a member of First United Methodist Church since 1967 where he was a two term Chairman of the Administrative Board and Chairman of the Building Fund for the first annex.

Bob was an avid sports fan. He was a lifetime golfer, played church softball for many years, played on a 70 and under travel softball team, and never missed watching a Kentucky basketball game.

In addition to his wife, Suzanne Nayle he is survived by: one daughter, Kathy Nayle Duggan (Jeff), of Charlotte, NC; one son, Roger Nayle (Brynne), of Charlotte, NC; four grandchildren, Abby Duggan, Matt Duggan, Stephen Larson, and Morgan Nayle; nieces, Linda Arnold, Judy Halasek and Toni Sheffer; and a special family member, Gwen Wilson.

He was preceded in death by two brothers; Ray Herman Nayle of Houston, Texas and Glen D. Nayle of El Paso, Texas; two sisters; Frieda (Glen) Wolfinbarger of Beattyville, KY and Barbara Sue Moore of Richmond, KY, and one niece; Cindy Moore of Richmond, KY.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Bruce Nettleton and Rev. Gene Strange officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5:00 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the Alzheimers Association, Kaden Tower, 6100 Dutchmans Lane Ste # 401, Louisville, KY 40205-3284, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, 101 Sanders-Brown Building, 800 S. Limestone Street, Lexington, KY 40536-0230, or First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 27, Richmond, KY 40476-0027.

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Published on August 14, 2017
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