Daniel Alexis "Dan" Backley

January 22, 1933 - October 22, 2019

Daniel Alexis “Dan” Backley, 86, of Wayne, IL., passed away on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 surrounded by his family at Seasons Hospice in Naperville, Il.  Dan was born on January 22, 1933 in Columbus, Ohio the son of Benedict and Marvene (nee. Ryan) Backley.  He was united in marriage to Barbara Jean Taylor on April 9, 1981 in Alsip, IL.

Dan was a very loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a proud US Navy Veteran and patriot. He served on-board aircraft carriers during the Korean War and traveled widely. He loved his dogs, his truck and traveling in the U.S. northern Midwest and southwest. Dan was an avid reader of history and espionage and read the Patrick O’Brian’s series of novels about the sea many times.  Dan earned a BS in geology from Ohio State University. Hiking and appreciating the natural world were among his favorite pastimes. 

Dan is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Barbara Jean Backley; his children Samuel Backley and Daniel T. (Cynthia) Backley; two grandchildren, Randy and Justin Backley; one great-grandchild; sister, Barbara Backley; and special niece, Tracy Lomax. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Carol Backley and daughter, Amy Decker. 

A Memorial Service will be held at a later day.

In lieu of flowers,donations may be made in memory of Dan to the Lewy Body Dementia Association,


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