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Lowell S. Sycks, age 86, of Marion, Ohio died early Thursday morning, March 25, 2010, at the Partners of Marion Care Facility following nearly a year long battle with leukemia.
On June 2, 1923, Lowell was born in Delaware County, Ohio, the son of the late John and Ada (Stark) Sycks. He graduated from Waldo High School in the Class of 1941.
Joining his fellow soldiers in the war efforts, Lowell then enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served as an infantryman in the 13th Armored Division in France, Germany and Austria during World War II. He later became a member of the V.F.W. Post 8201 and the American Legion.
Following the war, Lowell returned to Marion, where he would meet his wife to be, Inez Kraner, at her mother's diner where he would eventually get enough courage to ask her out on a date. They were then married on June 19, 1948, and shared over fifty-five years of marriage. She preceded him in death on January 30, 2003.
For over forty years, Lowell worked as an equipment specialist at the Marion Depot, in Pennsylvania, and lastly with the Defense Supply Construction Center in Columbus, Ohio from where he retired in 1979.
While on his work assignment in Pennsylvania, Lowell found the second love of his life in the summer of 1964…golfing. A man of few words, he preferred to let his golf game do all the talking. For many years, he was a member of the Kings Mill Golf Club and had played in countless senior golf leagues. Also, he enjoyed being just as competitive over many card games, such as euchre and pinochle.
A snowbird, Lowell enjoyed wintering in Cocoa, Florida, with his wife, Inez for over twenty-five years.
Having a love for the great outdoors, Lowell enjoyed taking his family with their small camper on many family camping vacations. Also, he enjoyed traveling with Inez out west to Colorado, and took one special trip to Hawaii.
A skilled woodworker, Lowell took pride in making several pieces of furniture for his family, making things from hutches to picture frames.
Though he was known to be a bit cantankerous, Lowell was a man of integrity who loved a good laugh.
Lowell will be dearly missed by his three sons, William (Chris) Sycks of Marion, Ohio and their children: Erica (Bill Greear) Sycks and Dustin Sycks; Robert (Connie) Sycks of Piqua, Ohio and their children: Jennifer, Elizabeth (Deron) Johns, Kimberly (Bryan Fisher) Sycks, and Lucinda (Jeff) Bradley; and John Sycks of Florence, Colorado, and his children: John Sycks and Becky (Willy) Holder; nine great grandchildren; and two step great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Including his wife and parents, Lowell was preceded in death by his brother, Paul Sycks; and three sisters, Mary Smoot, Isabelle Montague, and Marjorie Mayfield.
The Sycks family will greet friends from 2 – 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 28, 2010, at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion, Ohio.
A service of celebration for his life will be held on Monday at 10:00 a.m. at the Emanuel Lutheran Church
Burial with military honors provided by the Marion County United Veterans Council will follow in Claridon Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Emanuel Lutheran Church, 241 S. Prospect St., Marion, Ohio 43302, or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 2225 Citygate Dr., Suite E, Columbus, Ohio 43219.
For those wishing to express their condolences to Lowell's family, you may do so by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com