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John B. Syx

Interment will be held Tuesday, May 10th at 2:30 pm at Toledo Memorial Park

John Bernard Syx, age 84, of Swanton, Ohio, passed away peacefully, with his loving wife of 61 years, Versila at his bedside, Wednesday afternoon, May 4, 2016, at Swanton Health Care and Retirement Center. John was born September 12, 1931 in Toledo, Ohio to the late Bernard and Ruth (Peters) Syx. John graduated from Toledo DeVilbiss High School and attended the University of Toledo and obtained his Bachelors of Education Degree, and later his Masters of Education Degree in Administration. John served in the U.S. Navy Reserves, and married his beloved wife, Versila Payne on September 4, 1954.

John began his teaching career with the Ida (Michigan) Public School District from 1955-1958. He went on to be Principal for the Otsego Local School District from 1959-1961. He served as Superintendent for Gorham Fayette Schools from 1961-1967 and Swanton Local Schools from 1967-1986. He rounded out his career as the Village of Swanton Administrator, where he served for 15 years, until his retirement in 2003.

John was a very active 40-year member of the Swanton Rotary Club, serving as Past President and Past Assistant District Governor, and awarded perfect attendance year after year. He was also a 40-year member of the Swanton Area Chamber of Commerce, serving as Past President and on the Christmas in Swanton Committee. He served as President of the Anne Grady Corporation from 1990-2000, and an active Board Member from 1985-2015.

Besides being active in the Swanton civic community, he was also very involved with Trinity United Methodist Church in Swanton, where he taught Sunday School for many years. He enjoyed traveling, theatre, reading and spending time with his family and many friends over the years. He shared his gregariousness and sense of humor with everyone, always with a story or joke at the ready. He also shared his compassion and concern for others with many kind acts for students, employees, friends and family, without fanfare or self-regard. Always both the student and teacher, John read scholarly tomes of the U.S. Presidents throughout his retirement and enjoyed sharing little-known aspects of each man. He instilled in both his daughters the axiom that learning is a life-long process.

John will be greatly missed by his wife, Versila; daughters, Deborah Syx and Susan Simmons; grandson, Aaron (Sascha) Simmons; and great-granddaugthers, Ainsley and Anniston Simmons.

Special thanks to Swanton Health Care for their compassionate service, and Pastor J.T. Bean for his many visits and spiritual support.

Family and friends may visit Monday, May 9th from 2 to 8 p.m., at the Weigel Funeral Home, 204 Chestnut St. in Swanton (419.826.2631). Visitation will continue Tuesday, May 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 210 N. Main St., where funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m., with Pastor J.T. Bean officiating. A luncheon will immediately follow the service and interment will take place at 2:30 p.m. at Toledo Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Foundation.

We'll always love and miss you Pop Pop!

Residence: Swanton, Ohio

Visitation: Monday, May 9th from 2 to 8 pm at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton

Funeral Service: Tuesday, May 10th at 11:00 am at Trinity United Methodist Church, followed immediately with a luncheon

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John was such a kind and fun man. I always enjoyed seeing him, especially for our family St. Patrick's jigs dinners. He will be missed, but the world is certainly a better place because of him. Thinking of and praying for you all!

Annie Griffith Wilkins May 10 2016 12:00 AM

My sincere condolences to the family of John Syx. May you find comfort in your loving memories and in God's promise to see our love ones again through the resurrection. (John 5:28,29) With deepest sympathy.

Josh Lee May 10 2016 12:00 AM

My condolences to the Syx family. May your warm memories sustain you through these sad days. Rest in peace, John.

Ruth Redd-Hansbarger May 10 2016 12:00 AM

Our deepest condolences to Versila and Johns family he was a very kind & generous man, he was a great roommate to my dad George Smith

Jim & Donna Miller May 10 2016 12:00 AM

Versila, Deb and Sue I was so sorry to hear about John's passing. I think about the impact he had on so many lives in Swanton and how much he gave to the people around him. May you feel our love and respect for him, but I also today spent a bit of time thinking about the fun times our families had, Your family was so much a part of my growing up in Swanton that I smile to know that group of men are back together again and heaven will never be the same. Our Prayers and Thoughts to you Love Tae

Tae Frere May 9 2016 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to hear of John's passing. We are sure he is in a better place. We will remember him in our prayers.

Bill and Dianne Belinger May 9 2016 12:00 AM

Versila, we were sorry to hear of John's passing . What a legacy he left for many of us to emulate. As someone who had the opportunity to work with John on the school board , in Rotary, and the chamber, he was a leader who had the best interest of the community in mind while making decisions. He will be missed. Our love to you and the family

John & Marilee Brodbeck May 8 2016 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to hear of John's passing . Know that he is no longer suffering and was greeted by the Cavanaugh Clan for the best heavenly party !!! You are all in our prayers .

Nanci & Pete Sehnert May 7 2016 12:00 AM

Sue, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you and your family will be in my prayers.

Cheryl Desko ( McGee) May 7 2016 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about John's passing, what a kind and wonderful man! My deepest sympathy to Versila and his children! What a great loss for our community! Gayle Sass

Gayle Sass May 7 2016 12:00 AM

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