The son of a Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. lineman and a homemaker, he was born in Baltimore and raised on Beaumont Avenue in Govans.
He attended the old Mount Washington Country School and graduated in 1951 from Polytechnic Institute.
He served in the Marine Corps from 1955 to 1962, where he was a member of the ceremonial presidential honor guard in Washington, and attained the rank of corporal.
As a Marine, he was part of the presidential honor guard for Dwight D. Eisenhower and participated in Rear Adm. Richard E. Byrd's 1957 funeral. He also accompanied Queen Elizabeth II to church in Washington during a 1957 visit.
While working as a lineman at the old Western Electric Plant at Point Breeze, Mr. Nauman studied industrial engineering at night, earning a bachelor's degree in 1963.
He later worked in purchasing for Bell Atlantic and at the time of his 1994 retirement was in quality management for Verizon.
He was a Tuesday volunteer for more than a decade at Beans and Bread at St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church in downtown Baltimore.
A resident of Stoneleigh for 46 years, Mr. Nauman enjoyed duck hunting on the Eastern Shore and playing golf and tennis.
Mr. Nauman was a member of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Nov. 21.
Surviving are his wife of 50 years, the former Mary Louise "Bonnie" Leonard; a son, William J. Nauman III of Tucson, Ariz.; two daughters, Sarah V. Nauman of Stoneleigh and Mary K. Albertson of Berlin, N.J.; and two grandchildren.