OBITUARY

John W. Syron

July 24, 1958January 19, 2013
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John William Syron ended his courageous journey on earth January 19, 2013. John was born July 24, 1958 to Jane Elizabeth (Wetherby) Syron and Donald Eugene Syron in Lyons, NY. John grew up in Ontario Center, NY, where his parents owned a pharmacy/gift store for many years. John and his brothers, Daniel and David, attended Wayne Central School District schools until he moved with his parents to New Castle, PA, where he graduated in 1976 from Neshannock High School. John attended the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH, where he graduated in 1980 with a degree in History. After college, John moved to Burlington, VT, where he lived with Daniel for a year while working for the IBM facility in Essex Junction and as a courier for EDS. A year later, after his brother married, John moved to South Carolina, where he joined the United States Air Force in 1984. During his eight years in the service, he worked as a radio communications analyst specialist and was stationed at RAF Chicksands in England, Bad Aibling in Germany, and Ft Mead near Washington, DC. He achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant and was awarded numerous ribbons and medals. After his discharge from the Air Force, John continued in his life-long desire to learn by obtaining a Masters degree in Library Science from the State University of New York in Albany, NY. During that time, as a part of a class, John signed up for a listserv devoted to cinema, where he met the love of his life, Tamara D. Hicks. They were married on September 3, 1994 at First Presbyterian Church in Marshall, MI and began their life together in Lansing, MI, where Tamara worked at Michigan State University, and John worked at the Brennan Library at Thomas M Cooley Law School. John enjoyed current events, reading, trivia, history, video games, and collecting comic books. He was also known for his love of animals, ultimately rescuing, together with Tamara, eight beagles. John bravely fought a brain tumor and meningitis in the last 14 months of his life; the last 8 months were in hospice, where he told the staff that he was not there to die; rather, to live out his days. And live, he did, with his wife and beagle by his side. He was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Jane Syron; his aunt, Joan Wetherby, his grandparents, and his beagles, Linus, Max, Heidi, Satchmo, and most recently, Abbey. Surviving John are his wife, Tamara; his brothers, Daniel (Helen) Syron of Burlington, VT and David Syron, of Davis, CA; his nephews, William Syron of Groton, CT and Jonathan Hicks of East Lansing, MI; his niece, Kelsie Hicks of Marshall, MI, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, and his faithful beagle, Elvis. This is not the end, but only the beginning of his life, safely wrapped in God's arms. Visitation will be at Gorsline Runciman East Lansing chapel on Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM; funeral services will be at All Saints Episcopal Church in East Lansing on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 2 PM, with a committal service with military honors at Ft. Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI at noon on Monday, January 28, 2013. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to the Capital Area Humane Society in Lansing, MI.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, January 24, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, January 24, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, January 25, 2013
  • Memorial Service Friday, January 25, 2013
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John W. Syron

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John Evans

January 27, 2013

Tammy ~ Our sincerest condolences to you and family. Thank you for all that John and you have shared on CaringBridge. May God continue to bless you always. ~ Lavonna, Lynnsilee, Elise, and John Evans

nikki keckler

January 24, 2013

Thank You for giving me the Honor of caring for John and getting to know you and Elvis! you all will always be remembered. With lots of love and prayers always.

Sue Anderson

January 24, 2013

Tamera, (as John always called you) You are in my thoughts so frequently and that is just the reminder I need to pray for you and bring you to the God that you talked about that would "get you through." This didn't take Him by surprise and He has everything planned out for you. How thankful I am that we had the privilege of getting to know you and John and I thank you for allowing us to help in whatever ways we could. You were a challenge to us as you both walked through the journey together. You can always be so proud of John and yourself as well. You did so amazingly, and with your inner strength, that will continue, though we don't want you to put any expectations on yourself. With great respect, Sue A. RN

Cindy Edwards

January 24, 2013

Tammy, I am so sorry for your great loss. I was privileged and honored to get to know John over these past months. He was such a wonderful man. I will miss him. And, I will miss you and Elvis. Stoneleigh is not the same without you.

January 24, 2013

TAMMY, MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU AT THIS TIME AND IN THE DAYS AHEAD,MAY GOD GIVE YOU PEACE,JOHN IS IN A MUCH BETTER PLACE.TAKE CARE.
BEA HOSKINS(EAST LANSING,MI)

Misty Casaday

January 23, 2013

Tammy, I am so blessed to be able to take care of John, also to be able to Meet you and Elvis, You are a strong women! You are in my thoughts and prayers...

Misty Casaday

January 23, 2013

Tammy, I was so blessed to be able to take care of John. And meet You, and elvis!! You are in my thoughts and Prayers...

Elena Solero

January 22, 2013

Tammy
So sorry for your loss. I hope and pray loving arms are around you and that God will comfort you in this time. Give Elvis a hug from me.
Elena

Julie Reynolds

January 22, 2013

Tamara - so sorry for your loss and what you are going through but just know John is in a better place and not suffering anymore. You are one strong woman. Sending hugs and prayers for you.

FROM THE FAMILY