DUANE L. SYTH, age 92, of Greenwood, WI, passed away at Neillsville Care & Rehab on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. Funeral services will be held at 11am on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenwood. Rev. Leo Johnson will officiate, and burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the Greenwood American Legion Post #238. There will be no visitation prior to the service.
Duane Louis Syth was born on May 27, 1928 in Greenwood, WI, the son of Jerrold B. and Leona F. (Weber) Syth. He was raised on the family farm and received his education in the Greenwood area. At the age of 17, Duane enlisted into the U.S. Navy on November 6, 1945 and served until his honorable discharge on July 28, 1949. After returning home from the service, he worked at a service station in Milwaukee. Duane was united in marriage on June 13, 1951 to Phyllis J. Rondorf at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenwood. They lived in Milwaukee after their marriage, until moving to Santa Clara, CA in 1960. Duane started his own business, S&S Plastics, which he operated until becoming employed with North American Van Lines driving truck. In 1970, he started his own remodeling and general contracting business, which he ran until retiring in 1993. They moved back to Greenwood, where Duane kept busy with his rental properties.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, had served as the president of the Santa Clara High School Booster Club, and coached Pop Warner football and Little League baseball in California. In retirement, he especially enjoyed going to local sporting events.
Duane is survived by his children: Donna Boone of San Jose, CA, Bradley (Michele) of Santa Cruz, CA, Steven (Jean) of Livermore, CA, Cheryl (Roger) Gorella of Fresno, CA, Rodney of Birch Tree, MO, Brian of San Jose, CA, Patty (Bill) Bright of Greenwood; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters: Geri Syth of Neillsville, Rita (Norman) Mayenschein of Greenwood, Sue Brockman of Greenville, WI; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Phyllis, on August 29, 2014; and 2 brothers: Ronald and Bernard Syth.