Edmond " Sam" Szychowski, age 90, passed away on Monday, May 13, 2013, at the Ohio Veterans' Home, Sandusky, Ohio where he had resided since 1998. Ed was born on December 23, 1922, at his childhood home on E. Weber St. in Toledo to his parents, Stanley Szychowski and Mary (Niemczyk) Szychowski. He was a 1940 graduate of Woodward High School and a World War II
Ed enlisted in the United States Army
Air Corps in November, 1942, and completed training as a Radio Operator and Mechanic. He was subsequently sent to the China-Burma-India Theater in the Asian Pacific where he was an air crew member on C-87 transport planes, serving as their radio operator. He was a "Hump" flyer and flew on many missions over the Himalayan Mountain range, delivering vital supplies to the Allied forces in China and Burma. The journey was hazardous as they faced monsoon rains and turbulent air conditions as well as Japanese snipers. Time and time again, they were called upon to risk their lives in conducting cargo operations over enemy territory. As a result of his service, Ed was awarded the Air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Asian-Pacific Theater Service Medal with one Bronze Star
, the American Theater Service Medal, the Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
Ed worked 35 years as an inspector for the Doehler Jarvis Co. retiring in 1977. After retirement, he worked part time at a State Liquor Store. He loved fishing and playing darts. He also had a passion for playing cards. He played at the homes of many friends and at church festivals. Ed called it his "2nd shift job". He was known as "Sam" to many of his friends.
He was a lifelong member of St. Adalbert Parish where he was a member of Boy Scout troop #1.
Other memberships include VFW
Frankowski Post 5530 and American Legion Post 83, Sandusky, OH.
Ed was a wonderful uncle to his nine nieces and nephews who lovingly called him "Uncle Butch". He delighted them by giving them quarters and by bringing over Easter baskets every year.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Ted, Walter and Albert Szychowski. Left to cherish his memory are his nieces, Carol (Doug) Laumann, Jeanne (Dave) McDonagh, Ruth (Don) Smith, Elaine (Jules) Isaacson, and Lynn (Jack Wesbecker) Brown; nephews, Dale (Debbie) Scott, John Szychowski, Jim (Jan) Szychowski and Steve Szychowski, as well as many grandnieces and grandnephews.
The family would like to thank all the social workers, nurses, and support staff at the Ohio Veterans' Home for the loving care they provided to Uncle Butch throughout the years.
Friends and family may visit at the Urbanski Funeral Home, 5055 Secor Rd., Toledo, on Wednesday, May 15, from 2:00-8:00 p.m., where a Scripture Service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 16, in St. Adalbert Catholic Church, 3233 Lagrange St. where the funeral Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Saints Adalbert and Hedwig Church, the Ohio Veterans' Home, Resident Benefit Fund, Attn. Treasury, 3416 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870 or a
. Online tributes may be left at urbanskifuneralhome.com