John Franklin Napier

December 29, 2017

John Franklin Napier, age 67, of Richwood, Ohio formerly of Delaware, Ohio and the Chicago, Illinois area, died peacefully Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at his home with his family by his side. He was an associate of Oscar Mayer Co. in Chicago where he retired as supervisor in 2010 after working at the company for over 40 years. An outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing and football. He also loved games of chance, especially horse racing. Casinos and the Kentucky Derby were favorite destinations. Most notably, he was a loving and hard-working husband and father. He was born November 19, 1950 in Jackson, Kentucky to the late Rufus and Hazel Cornett Napier. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Geneva, Ann, Louise and Tommy. He is survived by his wife, Joyce A. Gayhart Napier, whom he married January 19, 1974 in Chicago; his son, Frank (Jennifer) Napier, Jr., of Richwood; two grandsons, Timothy and Anthony; a brother, Rufus (Lora) Napier; a sister, Betty (Chris) Barnett; his brothers-and sisters-in-law, Eugene Gayhart, Benny Gayhart, Sharon Travis, Gary (Julie) Gayhart, Lawrence (Ovilla) Gayhart, Janice Combs and Travis Gayhart; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives. The family requests no flowers and will hold a private memorial gathering at a later date. Underwood Funeral Home in Marysville, Ohio is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


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