Ronald "Gene" Sikora
August 7, 1934 – November 18, 2020
Ronald “Gene” Sikora, 86, of Hernando Beach, FL, passed away on November 18, 2020. He was born in Youngstown, OH to the late John and Matilda (Ulicny) Sikora and was raised in Smoky Hollow. While attending Ursuline High School, he excelled on the basketball, football and track teams. One of his proudest achievements was being inducted into the Ursuline Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019. Gene served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany, from 1957-1959. After his honorable discharge, he married the love of his life, Shirley Bobanic, in 1962. He spent 35 years employed with Republic Steel and 10 years with Hynes Industries, but always found time to volunteer at his local parish, St. Mary’s, Youngstown, OH and the former Byzantine Catholic Central (BCC) Elementary School in Poland, OH. Gene was a member of the Greek Catholic Union and for many years, served as the athletic director for the Youngstown chapter of the GCU. After he and Shirley retired to Homosassa, Florida in 2002, he volunteered his services at St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church for canned food drives. He also became a member of the Knights of Columbus, earning the honor of 3rd Degree Knight. Gene was pre-deceased by his wife in December of 2017, and his brother, Robert Sikora. He is survived by his son Ron Sikora and his wife Sally (Schnell) Sikora of Hernando Beach, FL, with whom he made his home; sisters-in-law Carole (Bobanic) Barnett and her husband Donald Barnett of Henderson, NV and Fran (Bell) Sikora of Avon, OH; brother-in-law Basil “Bo” Bobanic and his wife Pat (Self) Bobanic of Tampa, FL; nephews Sean Barnett, Nicholas, Barnett, Timothy Bobanic, Gregory Bobanic and Johnny Sikora; nieces Jennifer (Bobanic) Clement and Linda Sikora; step grandsons Joshua Miller and Justin Miller and step great granddaughters Megan Miller and Emma Miller. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Mon., Nov. 23, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. from St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Homosassa, FL with Fr. Glenn Diaz, Celebrant. Private entombment will follow at Fountains Memorial Park, Homosassa, FL. Anyone wishing to honor Gene’s memorial with a donation, may send it to St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church, 7040 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa, FL 34446 or donate online at mystthomas.org . Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, Florida. www.wilderfuneral.com
Mass of Christian Burial
Monday, November 23, 2020
Private Entombment Follows
Ronald "Gene" Sikora
November 21, 2020
Sympathy to you Ron and your family. Although we have not stayed close, I have fond memories of Gene. As a reminder, I am a first cousin to Gene. Gene's father and my mother Josephine were siblings. Also, my sympathy in the recent loss of your mother.
May God bless and comfort you all.