RICHMOND – Stanley Edward Surzyn Jr., 89, of Richmond, passed away peacefully at Burr Oak Manor, Genoa City, Wis., on Aug. 4, 2013, one day shy of 90.|
Stanley was born Aug. 5, 1923, in Westville, the son of Stanley and Mary (Schwanda) Surzyn Sr. He moved to Genoa City in 1937 where he attended Genoa City Schools and graduated from Genoa City High School as class vice president.
He worked with his stepfather and brother, John, at Pasier Pickle Products in Genoa City, and then for A. N. May Builders in Richmond. On May 15, 1954, at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Richmond, he was united in marriage to Lorraine Genis.
He enjoyed gardening, fishing, farming, playing cards, horseshoes and winning at checkers.
He joined the U.S. Marine Corps on Dec. 3, 1943. One short week later, he was sent overseas to begin active service until March 30, 1946. He was promoted to Corporal, Amphibious Tank Driver 1st Marine Division. He served in Pavuvu, Guadalcanal, Benika, Peleliu, Ngesebus, Tulagi, Ulithi, Okinawa Ryukyu Islands, Iheya, Aguni, 20th Guam Marianas Islands and Saipan, Japan, during World War II. He was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two bronze stars, Navy Occupation SVC Medal with Asia clasp, Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon with one bronze star, World War II Victory Medal, Marine Corps Marksman Rifle Badge, Honorable Service Lapel Button and Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal.
Stanley will be ever remembered and missed by his loving wife, Lorraine, of 59 years; one son, Paul; and one daughter, Janice (Keith) Milz, both of Richmond; three granddaughters, Kristen Milz, Nicole (Mike) Puglisi and Shannon Milz; one sister, Virginia (William) Wright of Chicago; one stepsister, Bernice (Bob) Wisnauski of Genoa City; one stepbrother, Joe (Marilyn) Wisnauski of Bensenville; and sisters-in-law, Pat (Mike) Neals and Kathryn (Leonard) Stevens.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Frank (Evelyn); stepbrothers, John (Ruth) and Edward Wisnauski; sisters, Stefani (Victor) Roman and Alice (Kenneth) Esmond; and stepsisters, Johanna (Chuck) Sumner and Josephine (Hebert) Ryan.
The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Ehorn-Adams Funeral Home, Richmond. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 10519 N. Main St., Richmond. Stanley will rest eternally in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Richmond with military honors.
For information, call the funeral home at 815-678-7311.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Aug. 6, 2013