Darrell L. Sy
1950 - 2021
Kassly Mortuary
9900 St. Clair Avenue
Fairview Heights, IL
Darrell L. Sy
March 8, 1950 - October 2, 2021
Fairview Heights, Illinois - Darrell Lee Sy, 71, of Fairview Heights, Illinois, departed this life and walked through the doorway to eternity at home on Saturday, October 2, 2021. He was born in Tuscola, IL at Jarman Hospital on March 8, 1950, to Wilbert and Mildred, nee Krukewitt, Sy, the youngest of their three children.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Lowell; a sister, Janice; and his father-in law and mother-in law, Donald and Rita Sutphin.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Teri Lynne (Sutphin) Sy, who he married on May 14, 1978. He is also survived by his children, a daughter, Andrea (Todd) Parker, and a son, Ryan (Kathryn) Sy; two grandsons, Wm. Samuel Boner and Brody Sy; three nephews and several cousins.
Darrell graduated from Newman High School in 1968. From there, he attended Eastern Illinois University to earn three degrees in education. He served as an educator for 35 years, as an elementary grade level teacher, library/media specialist, driver education instructor, K-12 building principal, and school superintendent. His last, and favorite public school position was being the superintendent of schools for Pontiac-Wm. Holliday School District #105, Fairview Heights, IL, where he served for the last 13 years of his career ( 1994-2007).
After retirement from public education in 2007, he worked for Lindenwood University ( Belleville Campus), as an instructor teaching school law and as a student teaching supervisor. He also taught briefly for McKendree College as a school finance instructor. He served in a six-month interim superintendent's position for Harmony-Emge School District #175, Belleville, IL. His favorite retirement job was teaching 15- & 16-year-olds how to drive safely, as a "behind-the wheel" instructor for a private driving school. He loved working with and teaching those students, who he always considered "his kids."
During his working and retirement years, he volunteered on weekends in the Pastoral Care Department at Belleville Memorial Hospital. His views on the "next life" can be summed up in the following poem.
One sweetly solemn thought comes to me o'er and o'er: Nearer my home today am I than e'er been before.
Nearer my Father's house, where many mansions be,
Where many loved one gone before, mine eyes at last shall see.
Tears are the "words of love" that our mouth cannot express. ("Jesus wept." John 11:35)
One of his missions in life was to hopefully provide comfort to those who had lost loved ones, especially parents who had lost a child. He did this by sending a letter of condolence, along with a laminated obituary, a St. Francis of Assisi prayer card, and information on how to contact a local chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a national support group that ministers to parents who have lost a child. His mother lost her 16-year-old son, Lowell, in a motor scooter/automobile accident back in 1953. He always wished that she had been able to access a support group after his death, but she didn't have that opportunity.
Per his wishes, Darrell's remains will be cremated and saved to be buried at a later date with his wife's. Kassly Mortuary, Ltd., Fairview Heights, IL, has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.kasslyfuneral.com.
Memorial contributions can be made per the donor's choice, BUT here are a few that you might want to consider: Shriner's Hospital for Children in St. Louis, St. Louis Children's Hospital, Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation, St. Louis Food Bank, Meals on Wheels America, Feed America, The Health Wagon, Beverly Farms, Joshua's Great Things Foundation, and the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition.
P.S. The obituary picture was a ploy to get you to read his obituary. It was his idea, not his family's. He has never been arrested – that we know of.
Memorial Visitation will be held on Friday, October 15, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kassly Mortuary, Ltd., Fairview Heights, IL.
Memorial Service will be held on Friday, October 15, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. at Kassly Mortuary, Ltd., Fairview Heights, IL with Rev. Gary Beyers officiating.

Published by Belleville News-Democrat on Oct. 10, 2021.
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Charles and Mary McCoy and ADS
October 14, 2021
Sending our sincere sympathy to the Sy Family at this sad time. Harmony-Emge School District 175, Board of Education, Administration, Faculty and Staff
Harmony-Emge School District 175
October 12, 2021
Mr. Sy's ploy worked! I work for one of the organizations that he asked be gifted memorial contributions, so I kept getting Google news alerts for his obit. When I opened it, I saw the photo and had to read it. What I learned is that your family and the world lost one good guy. Bless him for his lifetime of devotion to teaching in many forms. Bless you for the having as great a sense of humor as he did! My prayers and deep sympathy are with your family!
October 11, 2021
My deepest sympathy in the loss of Mr Sy. I have never met him but what a legacy of love and support he gave to others. I know he left you with many wonderful memories to make you smile.
Mary Jo
October 10, 2021
Thanks to him and his family for supporting the Health Wagon. Prayers for the family at this time of loss!
Dr. Teresa Tyson
October 9, 2021
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