Maynard Edward Stych, 83, passed away on Thursday, August 31, 2023, at Lutheran Living Senior Campus.
Funeral Service will be Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Reverend Susan Bantz will Officiate.
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at www.wittichfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be made to the Rett Syndrome Foundation, in Maynard’s late granddaughter’s name, Allison Stych, as she was the light of his life.
Maynard was born on February 23, 1940, in Nichols, the son of George A. and Alice Marie Bekker Stych. He married Joyce Kay Courtney on September 10, 1961, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Maynard spent most of his working life at McKee Button Company which took he and his family to Atlanta, Georgia and then Greenville, South Carolina. Upon returning to Muscatine, he joined the family building business with his brothers. He finished his working life in sales, at M&M Ford and Ron Alpen Ford. Maynard was an honest salesman who said he would never sell a car he wouldn’t let his daughter drive.
He was a member of the Elks and Ss. Mary Mathias Catholic Church.
Maynard was a master griller; the weather was never too bad for a steak on the grill. He enjoyed having people over for dinner and entertaining. He also enjoyed boating and spending time with his family on the water. Through his retirement he enjoyed playing poker at area casinos, as it was his favorite hobby. Maynard loved people and never met a stranger.
Maynard spent many days trying to convince one of the CNAs to push his wheelchair to the front door so he could make his great escape!
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Joyce, of 63 years, of Muscatine; two children, Todd Stych and wife, Sara, of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, and Stephanie Anson and husband, Doug, of Muscatine; grandchildren, Jennifer Salazar and husband, Joey, of Muscatine, Corey Stych of Muscatine, Emily Green and husband, Jacob, of Portland, Oregon, Sharise Hartsock and husband, Ryan, of Muscatine, and Kassidy Harrison and significant other, Tito Nunez of Muscatine; great grandchildren, Trey, Noah, Sophia, Alexandria Salazar, Liam and Saige Hartsock, Paisley Harrison and Ezekiel Nunez; siblings, Paul Stych, Keith Stych, Rosemary Hollatz and husband, Jim, of Honolulu, Hawaii, Nancy Young and husband, Tom, of Florida, Ken Stych and wife, Kim, of Florida; and special family friend, Chris Soltwedel.
He is preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Allison Stych; siblings, George Stych, Rita Phelps, Jeanette Phillips, Wayne Stych, Ron Stych, and Donna Conisbee.
A special thanks to Connie and Jen from St. Croix Hospice who treated Maynard with dignity and respect in the last days of his life. A big thanks to Lutheran Living where Maynard called home and to all the loving staff at Lutheran who cared for Maynard with compassion and love, especially nurse Cora and favorite aid, Afton.