OBITUARY

John Tymkowych Jr.

July 10, 1927August 25, 2020
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John Tymkowych Jr., age 93, of Arcadia, California passed away on Tuesday, August 25, 2020. John was born July 10, 1927 in East Saint Louis, Illinois. He was the son of Ukrainian immigrants, John and Mary Tymkowych.

In WWII he joined the Army Airforce at 18, where he worked at Mather Field in Sacramento CA on fighter jets. Upon the end of the war he enrolled in the University of Colorado in Boulder. He graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy.

John started his career as a Sales Representative with Upjohn Pharmaceuticals after college and worked in the Denver and the Albuquerque Districts until a transfer took him to Arcadia, CA in 1966. He enjoyed 36 years with Upjohn winning several Annual Sales awards and 2 Academy recognition for top sales rep in the US. A few years after retiring from Upjohn he started his own national Pharmaceutical Sales force called NOTHRUS which employed retired Salespeople to sell to doctors and pharmacists.

On Aug 10, 1956 he married Kitten, the Love of his life whom he cherished and shared a life of compassion, fun and 42 years of bliss and happiness. Kitten passed away in 1998 and has waited 22 years for her love to return to her arms. Not another love story could surpass their love and respect they shared.

His interests were skiing, fishing, camping, traveling the world and folk dancing. He enjoyed Tues night Bridge club, and playing tennis with his close buddies every week for years.

He is survived by his daughter Stephanie Rowley, son-in-law Doug Rowley, stepdaughter Patsy Gorczyca and Bob, her husband, 4 grandchildren, Pamela Lehmann, Brad Gorczyca, Jake Rowley, and Dean Rowley and 3 great grandchildren, Chad Lehmann, Christin Lehmann and Bohdan Rowley

A visitation for John will be held Friday, September 11, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Turner & Stevens Live Oak Mortuary, 200 E Duarte Road, Monrovia, CA 91016, followed by a funeral service from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

In Lieu of flowers Donations can be made to: City of Hope, Duarte, CA 91010

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.liveoakmonrovia.com for the Tymkowych family.

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Biography

When John Tymkowych Jr. walked into the room, those in his company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who John was and how he impacted those around him. John was a warm and caring person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if John wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. John was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve him well throughout his life.


He was the son of John and Mary Tymkowych. John was raised in E St Louis Ill. Always at the ready with a good joke, he grew up to be quite a humorous person. Johns friends and family understood well that John was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to him. He was never angry and always had the right thing to say in the conversation.


John was raised with 2 siblings. Stephen his older brother and Mary his older sister. John was very accepting and supportive of his family. He was perceived as the central person in his family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, John was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served John well in his adult life and, along with his wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew him.


As a young boy, John was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew him into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. John was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with his peers. John took part in wrestling and football in high school. He was a boy scout and attended Ukrainian school. In his spare time he liked sports and played the clarinet and saxophone. John had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity he and the many childhood friends he shared might discover.


During his high school years, John responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. He graduated from E St Louis High School in 1945. John was a very good student, and generally did well in his courses. John absorbed as much as he could from all of his teachers and was well like by friends, classmates and teachers. Classmates considered John a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to him to discuss just about anything. This was during WWII and he tried to get into the army at 17 but they sent him back home and he waited until he turned 18 in July 1945.


John did well in college. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and graduated from University of Colorado in Boulder in 1951. During his years at CU he was part of the Calico and Boots folk dance club as well as the ski club. He lived in a trailer that he and his Brother Steve built while going to CU. John was very adaptable, a quality that helped him make the transition from high school to college with little difficulty. John was always in quest of new things to learn and experience


With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought him an endless stream of friends, John was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, John was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. He always seemed aware of what was going on with people around him and throughout his life he made many, many friends. Paul Neimecek was his cousin that he loved and who preceded him into the WWII in the Air Force, He had many many friends throughout his High School and College years. He again had so many lovely friends. Alice Johnson, Marge and Roy Courtney, His tennis buddies, Bob Turner, Warren Nafis, Ellie Gutierrez, Ron Griffin. Again so many to remember.


On August 10, 1956 John married Kitten Stafford at Congregational Church in Denver, Colorado. John's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in his ability to make his family happy. He was quite sensitive towards Kitten's needs, showing his constant concern and fondness. She was the love of his life and they were married for 46 years until she passed on May 18, 1998. John was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served him well in helping to nurture his family.


John was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide his family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. John loved his daughter Stephanie and Patsy (stepdaughter) while giving anything the family needed or asked for. His gift for gentle persuasion enabled him to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. John was blessed with 2: 1 daughter, Stephanie Rowley and a stepdaughter Patsy Gorczyca. They were also blessed with He has 4 grandchildren:, Pamela Lehmann, Brad Gorczyca, Jake Rowley, and Dean Rowley, 3 great Grandchildren: Chad Lehmann, Christen Lehmann, and Bohdan Rowley.


John was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made him an exceptional worker. John worked 36 years with Upjohn Pharmaceuticals as a Sales Representative, Post retirement he started his own national sales company, NOTHRUS which stands for Not-Over-the-Hill-Retired-Upjohn-Salespeople. John was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize him. John had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of his gift for insight. John was always a supporter and a mentor of anyone that worked with him.


John was an Army Air Force veteran. He served at the end of the Germany conflict and took the option to serve in the Air Force plane repair during the Japan conflict. John saw action for WWII. Through his hard work and dedication, Reserve Army Veteran. He received several awards including a Honorable Discharge.


Because John loved to have a broad variety of activities in his life, he took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. His favorite pursuits were anything in the mountains: skiing, boating, camping, fishing. Later he enjoyed traveling around the world. John had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all his favorite pastimes. However, John's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.


John derived much satisfaction from participating in and watching sports. His charisma, supportive nature and ability to improvise when called upon to do so all made perfect attributes for enjoying a great many sporting activities. In high school, John played football and wrestling. Recreational sports included skiing and tennis. John was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were football and basketball.


Throughout his life, John was actively involved in professional and community organizations. He was compassionate, accommodating and quick to move into action. Always able to build a consensus, John seemed to be the person smack dab in the middle of things, working to get things done. Those who had the opportunity to work with John usually agreed that when you were involved in an organization with him, it was as entertaining as anything you could imagine.

He was a Mason, and a Dale Carnegie graduate, and University of Colorado Alumni and he and Kitty were members of the Duke City Folk Dancers.


John found new ways of getting things done in order to help make just about every activity more efficient and enjoyable. John was a Patriot and not only ran to fight for our country at 18 he was very passionate about the freedoms we enjoy and the country's design for opportunity.


John was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. He and Kitten attended Arcadia Presbyterian Church for many years. He believed in Jesus Christ as his Savior and one of his last comments is "How Glorious it will be when he would get to see Jesus!". He was sympathetic and able to empathize with others and he used these qualities to the fullest while working tirelessly for his beliefs.


Though he never did anything solely for individual recognition, John's ingenuity, resourcefulness, and selflessness, earned him accolades for his many lifelong efforts. Upjohn Sales Representative of the year awards combined with the highly revered Upjohn Academy where only the top 1% of reps were honored. Along with numerous tennis trophies.


John's love of improvising in his daily life was a perfect fit for his enjoyment of traveling. His favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit his personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, John took his vacations seriously, well, as seriously as he possibly could. Favorite vacations included annual trips to Denver to see his parents and siblings, along with trips to Albuquerque NM. In addition he traveled all over the US and to Spain, Israel, Italy, China, Ukraine, England, Costa Rica, numerous cruises including the Panama canal.


John was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. Cody his Corgi, was a best friend for the last 11 years of his life they were inseparable. His family was rounded out by his assorted parakeets, fish, and a poodle named Pierre.


When John's retirement finally came in 1987 and then resumed his new business NOTHRUS in 1990, John handled it the way he usually did. He adapted and, like everything in his life, made it satisfying. Because he was such a flexible person and able to adjust to any situation, retirement was just another enjoyable change of pace for John to master. He remained in Arcadia from 1966 throughout his retired life. In retirement, he found new pleasure in jewelry making and fly fishing hooks as well as computer classes and he joined the Arcadia Bridge club every Tues. He also played tennis with his buddies weekly. Even in retirement, John continued to stay in touch with his old friends and like always, made plenty of new ones.


John Tymkowych passed away on August 25, 2020 at Arcadia, CA. He turned 93 a month before his death, celebrating with his family and really had a very healthy life with no pain. He passed comfortably having his daughters, son-in-law, and grandchildren singing and telling stories around his bed just days before he left us. He is survived by Stephanie, his daughter, Doug his son-in-law, Patsy his stepdaughter and Bob her husband, grandsons, Jake and Dean Rowley, Brad Gorczyca and Pamela Lehmann, and great grandchildren, Chad Lehmann and Christen Lehmann and Bohdan Rowley. Services will be held at Live Oak Memorial Cemetery, Monrovia, CA. John was laid to rest in Live Oak Memorial Cemetery, Monrovia, CA.


There was always a certain style and inventiveness to John. He was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. He had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While he was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to John Tymkowych for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. John was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with his loved ones.

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