Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Alex Sebastian Andreas Naylor 1987-2017

                                                 Alex Sebastian Andreas Naylor 
                                                               
                                                                 Final Lap


Alex Sebastian Andreas Naylor, age 29, of Lineville, Iowa the son of Gene Naylor and Ulla Peterhansel, was born on August 18, 1987 in Des Moines, Iowa. He left this life on July 22, 2017 in a
motorcycle accident near his home.


 Alex spent some of his younger years in and around Des Moines, Iowa and Northern
California with his mother. During elementary school he returned to rural Lineville with his
dad and later his own residence.

 Even as a baby Alex was a daredevil; whether it be building a ramp at the bottom of a big
hill to jump his Big Wheel or taking off on his skateboard. He was also an excellent soccer
player during his elementary years in Urbandale.

 Alex and his mother shared a love for music, particularly Collective Soul and Rammstein.
Alex and his dad were always a team and shared a love for working on race cars, go-karts,
and just hanging out. Alex was born 13 years after his youngest sibling and was source of
amusement and joy by each of them. His brother spent hours playing catch with him as a
kid and modding his battery operated Jeep for him to ride around the farm. His sisters took
many a day playing with him and taking care of him like their own.

 Alex took up his love for racing at a very young age. With his dad right by his side along
with the pit crew of Alan Jensen, Brandon Brown, Deanna Hill, and Firdie Hill, they were off
to the races. Alex never disappointed with his racing performances. He and his crew raced
at locations including Newton and Jamaica, Iowa as well as Kansas City, Missouri where he
won over 200 main events. He was the only person to win four track championships in one
year at the Newton track.

 During his formative years you could find Alex toddling around at the farm and shop taking
in all the knowledge he needed to later open up his own mechanic shop. After graduating
from Central Decatur High School in 2005 Alex opened up his own business, Naylor
Motorsports. Despite no formal mechanic training he was able to use just his excellent
natural abilities to make his business successful for many years to come.

His nieces and nephews loved their “Uncle Al” tremendously and learned many a life lesson
from him. He was treasured by his friends, loved unequivocally by his siblings and
relentlessly by his parents. Alex knew everyone, made friends easily and never judged
folks. He had a heart of gold and was generous and always willing to help anyone out. He
lived life to the fullest. With his stellar dry wit he never missed a moment to make people
laugh and shake their heads. That sly smile that could light up a room will never be
forgotten. We will always remember Alex most for the selfless guy that he was never
expecting anything in return.

 A celebration of life was previously held for Alex on July 28th in Lineville, IA.

Alex leaves behind his mother Ulla Peterhansel; father Gene (Terri) Naylor of Lineville,
Iowa. Sisters Tina (Bill) Hazelton of Novato, California; Cat (Scott) Bethards of Decatur,
Iowa. Brother Brian(Emily) Naylor of Eugene,OR. Nieces; Callan (Dalton) McCleary of Leon,
Iowa; Morgan (J.R.) Sorensen of Leon, IA; Keegan and Carson Bethards of Decatur, Iowa.
Nephews; Kinzer and Hutson Naylor of Eugene, Oregon; Sam and Jack Hazelton formerly of
Novato, California. Great nieces and nephews; Parker, Harper, Bryn and Statler of Leon, IA.
Step-grandparents Doyle (Phyllis) Martin of Leon, IA. Step-brothers; Lyle (Stacey) Potter of
Leon, IA, Garry (Jennifer) Potter of Lamoni, IA. Step-nieces; Danelle and Amy Potter of
Leon, IA; Reese and Nora Potter of Lamoni, IA. Step-nephews; Kyle Potter of Leon, IA,
Ethan Potter of Osceola, IA and Chase Potter of Lamoni, Iowa. Great step-nephews Dalton
and Emitt of Leon, IA. Other relatives and many friends from all over.
Preceded in death by paternal grandparents Amos and Winona Naylor of Decatur, Iowa and
maternal grandmother (Oma) Christine James of California. Aunt Doris James and
husband Mervyn Coughlan of Eugene, Oregon.