Wallace Michael Sychak III
1934 - 2019
BORN
1934
DIED
2019
Wallace Michael Sychak III, 85, of Camp Hill, passed away August 4, 2019 in Harrisburg Hospital surrounded by his entire family. He was born March 11, 1934 in Lyndora, PA, son of the late Wallace and Marie (Myers) Sychak, Jr. He was a graduate of Butler High School and received his Bachelor's Degree from Slippery Rock University. Prior to retirement, he was a Hardware Analyst at the US Naval Depot. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War. He was an advocate for Veteran care and benefits. He enjoyed watching and playing all sports but especially enjoyed golf, Pirate baseball, Steeler football, and the Penguins. He also loved betting on the horses. He enjoyed quiet times traveling in the car, while taking in the beauty of nature. He loved life and he lived it to the fullest. He was a member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church, American Legion Post 109 in Mechanicsburg and VFW Post 7530 of Mechanicsburg. Wallace will be remembered for his humor and infectious laughter, spending time with family and friends and being a good friend to all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his sister, Janet Sychak, his brothers, Robert and Donald Huslinger. Survived by his wife of 36 years, Wilma Jean Sychak, son, Bret Michaels-Sychak, his wife Kristi, daughters, Michele and Nicole Sychak, grandchildren, Raine Elizabeth and Jorja Bleu Michaels. Stepchildren; Dr. Kevin McCracken, his wife Dr. Laura McCracken, Karen Palmer and Kathy Pinho, Her husband William, stepgrandchildren; Kaitlyn, Bryan, Hannah, Sarah and Matthew McCracken, Cody and Cole Palmer, Billy, Brittany and Brad Pinho. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 19, 2019 at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 4200 Carlisle Pike, Camp Hill, PA, with visitation from 9-11 a.m. and the service to immediately follow. He will be buried with Military Honors at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery following the service and everyone is invited to attend. There will also be a wake, with details and directions to be given after the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to either St. Timothy's Lutheran Church or National Philanthropic Trust for Life Rocks Foundation (for Veterans). Please come dressed as you are, this is not a formal occasion but a party to celebrate Wally's life and legacy. If you have a Steeler, Pirate or Penguin jersey, please feel free to wear it as Dad would have loved that. www.pennlive.com/obits

Published by Patriot-News from Aug. 10 to Aug. 11, 2019.
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4200 Carlisle Pike, Camp Hill, PA
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Thinking of you and your family, your truly missed and will always be remembered. 8/4/2012 was the day I lost my Stepdad. I shall always remember you on this day as well. Rest peacefully knowing you did an amazing job raising your Son and how great it was meeting you. Until we met again. God Bless Wally great jokes
Lisa M Maskevich
Friend
August 5, 2021
Thoughts and prayers with your family today and always!
Sherry Sacks
Other
August 4, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today. May all of the fond memories help you today and everyday. God Bless you all!
Chris Andrews
August 4, 2021
myprayersandcondolancestohisfamily.andhebesadlymissedbyallwhoknewhim.illthinkaboutmy3rdgreargrandfathereveryday.restinpeace.
michelleadams
Family
July 28, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with the family around this difficult anniversary date. May God comfort you and may the fond memories help you through.
Jen Pilewski
Acquaintance
August 6, 2020
May your memories get you through and your prayers heard. Thoughts and prayers are with you, Wally was loved and so are all of you by so many. Take care.
Cheryl White Waller
August 5, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Elaine Balesteri
August 4, 2020
My thoughts and Prayers to the family today!
Sherry Sacks
Acquaintance
August 4, 2020
my thoughts and prayers are with you
amy hollenbeck
April 28, 2020
Dedi Hanson
April 27, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
April 2, 2020
Mr Wallace and the entire sychak family I am very sorry for your loss of Wallace. Even though I never got the chance to meet him I am certain if I did I would enjoy and be honored to know him. Bret to you and your family as a die hard fan and a veteran of the post Persian gulf war thank you for everything you and your dad did and do for the veterans. You are an inspiration to me and I once again thank you
Kenneth Stevens
Friend
January 1, 2020
So so sorry for your loss.
Tammy Burkholder
October 1, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers to the entire family.
Angi Sedlock
September 20, 2019
Kamala S
September 18, 2019
I CELEBRATE the Heart Soul Honor Bravery Service and Love your Dad shared with his family and for all of us! May yall always hear his laughter in your Hearts!
The flame of the Warrior continues on in his family.
As seen in Bret while performing a FANTASTIC concert with tributes to all Veterans at the 100th Tennessee Valley Fair! Thank ya Bret for sharing your Heart with us! I felt ya!
Infinite Love for ya and your Family ♥
Kamala S
September 17, 2019
With deepest condolences and loving memories. Such a bright light moving on to the next chapter. Loving memories always.
Lisa Maskevich
September 17, 2019
Brett: I remember your father wearing a bandana at the finale of Celebrity Apprentice in your honor. He was, and still is, so proud of your accomplishments. I grew up in Dillsburg, but left many years ago. Have lived in LA for 30 years. You are the best son and father, and of course musician. Keep up the great work.
August 28, 2019
It's amazing how Dads touch our lives and then one day they are gone. I share in this loss as my Dad was a vet and is gone. Gone, not forgotten. Your Dad lives on in all the hearts he touched. On those days, when u think of him most, have peace and smile because he really does know it all now.... write a song in memory of your Dad. I did it helped me....
Cindy Tidwell
August 23, 2019
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Suzanne Gibson
August 23, 2019
Deepest sympathies to all of you .... May his light shine bright ...
Karen Krashnak
August 21, 2019
Wally, I can't tell you how strange it was to talk to you and Jean the evening before you passed. Grace and I were planning to stop by and see you and Jean that Friday, and you said "call before you come over, we're not always here". I said ok Wally, I'll be sure to call first. Then I hear your in the hospital and then gone. I'm so sorry Grace and I didn't get that last visit. We have stopped to see Jean several times and I check on her for you. Wally, she loves you this all her heart. You be good and keep a watch on her. You and Jean always made Grace's Halloween visits special with your inviting love. Miss you. Karen & Grace Schlauder
Karen Schlauder
Friend
August 20, 2019
Keeping you & your family in my prayers Bret. Your dad must have been an amazing man. Thank you for your service Mr Wally.
Cyndi & Kelsey
August 20, 2019
My condolences to Wally's wife, children, grandchildren, family and friends! I remember seeing him at Reverb in Reading and him nodding, saying hi and asking how I was. It was very impressive how he went to Bret's shows in the area and how proud he seemed! Im sure he was proud of all of you! Hold on to the memories and keep him in your heart! Thank you for your Service Wally! RIP
Sherry Sacks
August 20, 2019
Sending you and your beautiful family love, light and peace dearest Bret. It was indeed an honor to know your father! May God continue to bless you all.
Lisanne & "Misty *RAINE*"
August 19, 2019
I got to know Wally during our FMSO days. He was a lot of fun at work social events and Happy Hours. In addition to his Pittsburgh teams, he loved talking about horse racing and the greyhounds. And always had some good stories to make us laugh. Rest peacefully Wally, you will be missed.
August 19, 2019
Sending my deepest condolences to Brett And family.. This is truly heartbreaking.. But do know...he's an angel in paradise.. Blessings to the family..
Raine VanNess
August 19, 2019
Sending thoughts and prayers to you Bret and the rest of your family. Sounds like your father was an awesome man, may he rest in peace. Melanie Miller Harrisburg Pa.
August 19, 2019
Christine Phillips
August 19, 2019
Sending hugs and prayers your way.
Tracie Phifer
August 19, 2019
So sorry for your loss bret . He was a great man in ur life and big inspiration for you. He will always be in your heart. Remember that he was really proud of you and he loved you . My prayers are for you and your whole family
Carol Higgins
August 19, 2019
So sorry for your loss. I wish I could be there, but I am praying for you from Omaha. Love, Christine
Christine Nelson
August 19, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today as you have your final good bye's to your wonderful Father. God Bless you Bret and your family
Lorene Barnett
August 19, 2019
Bret, my deepest sympathy goes out to you and your entire family. I know the pain you feel, I lost my dad not long ago. Your dad was a great man, a hero and a loving family man, he will always be with you.

God Bless you and your family. Heaven gained a new Angel, rest in peace Mr. Sychak.

With love and respect.
Terrie Ash
August 19, 2019
May you Rest in Peace Welcome home to be with the Father God,Never Forgotton but Cherished
Wanda smith
August 19, 2019
I'm truly sorry for this families loss. Keep your memories in your heart and talk about them often. I met Bretts father at the flea market many years ago. What joy in his eyes and face when he spoke of Brett and his accomplishments. Thank you for your service Wally. Thank you for supporting such great talent in your son and for sharing him with the world. Thoughts, prayers, and much love from Jonestown, Pa.
Lisa Marie Howard
August 19, 2019
Prayers, caring thoughts and sympathy being sent to Wilma, Bret and Wally's family and loved ones.
A wonderful Angel just got his wings.
Keep the memories close to your heart, let them guide you and may his light shine upon you whenever you desire or need him by your side.
Wally will always be remembered by his smile, his laughter, his keen words, his jokes, his eye on you! He always cared.
He will always be remembered and always be with you. God bless.
Bret, create a beautiful song dedicated to your father. He'ld love it. ~ Diane
Diane Wright
August 19, 2019
Bret, you continue to be in my prayers! My heart goes out to you during this time of sadness. Hold in your heart the amazing memories of an incredible man. May God continue to bless and keep you!
Pamela Alburl
August 19, 2019
And think of him as living in the hearts of those he touched....for nothing loved is ever lost and he was loved so much. -Anonymous
With deepest sympathy, Bret. You & your family continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
Pamela Alburl
August 18, 2019
So sorry to hear this Bret, my thoughts are with you and your family.
Jerry Fielden
August 18, 2019
So sorry for your loss, may he rest in peace. I remember him when we were Kids Bret when you all came to our Grandparents Craig's. It had been a long time ago.
Kevin and Cyndi Switzer
August 18, 2019
My thoughts, prayers and love are with you Wilma (Jean).


Verna Dorn
August 18, 2019
a loved one
August 18, 2019
Sorry for ur loss of ur dad he's in heaven with the Lord may God comfort u and strengthens u and ur family during this difficult time right now.my thoughts and prayers go out to you Bret Michaels(hugs)and ur family always treasured memories and the time u spent with ur dad he will always be deeply inside ur heart always be with you in spirit
Gina Thomas
August 18, 2019
Gina Thomas
August 18, 2019
My prayers are with you Wilma and your family

Chuck Hoffman (EDS)
August 18, 2019
Rest In Peace Sir.
TOMMY DIGBY
August 17, 2019
He is a wonderful father to his three kids, rest in piece Wally fly high. I am so sorry for your loss Bret my heart really breaks for you, stay strong I wish I could be there for you in person Bret to stand by you and to hug you since I won't be able to attend the service on Monday my condolences and prayers and thoughts are with you, I am just thinking of you on this day. stay strong
Heather Hill
August 17, 2019
Heather Hill
August 17, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss Bret! We spoke of your father many times and I always made sure to let you know i was
Praying for him. Many prayers for you and your family! I will be there at the service on Monday! Stay strong !'
Liz O'Donnell
August 16, 2019
Rest in peace Mr. Sychak and thank you for your service. My dad was a Korean vet as well. Bret & the entire Sychak family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I know how difficult this time is for you as I lost my dad just recently and my mom less than year before that. Take care all of you. What a wonderful way to remember him with a celebration of life!
Janet Taylor
August 16, 2019
Jody Jaeger
August 16, 2019
Wally, was a wonderful kind man, he was very courteous and polite, and we shared numerous stories about his loving and adored son. May his memory be eternal and may his light always shine upon us.I will always remember his kindness, thank you for being a wonderful person and a fantastic role model!My sincerest condolences,Chryssoula Strapatsa
Chryssoula Strapatsa
August 15, 2019
As the daughter of a late U.S. Navy Korea Vet, I thank you Wally for your service and your fight for Veterans care. You will be missed even though I only met you once, you were a wonderful man. My prayers are with all of the family at this time. Celebrate, Remember and Honor. US NAVY...We OWN the Seas!
CHRISTINA LEWIS
August 15, 2019
My heart goes out to the family at this time. Another Angel has gained his wings.remember he will be with you always. I never had the pleasure of meeting him,but his son is an amazing man.
Amy Hollenbeck
August 15, 2019
LINDA RICKARD
August 14, 2019
kristen favreau
August 14, 2019
Rest peacefully angel

Thoughts and prayers to your family and friends!
Carrie O.
August 14, 2019
My sincere condolences ! My heart goes out to all family and friends who lost a great man as you all gained a great Angel.. May he rest easy knowing we are celebrating his life.. As a member of the American Legion Auxiliary...Thank you for your service Mr. Sychak... And the sacrifice your family has made! Much love always!
Linda Rickard
August 14, 2019
Thank you for your service Wally. My father was also in the Korean war. He passed in 1995. Prayers go out to your family. Bret im so sorry for your loss and the families loss. He raised an awesome caring son you give so much to so many people. You truly have a heart of gold and a beautiful soul. You are all in my prayers and thoughts. I love you and everything about you. May you find comfort and peace. God bless you.
Pam Peoples
August 14, 2019
My family would like to send its deepest condolences to Brett Michaels and his family for the loss of their dad , I lost both my parent's a few years ago and my husband as well .my prayers are for comfort and strength and peace thru this difficult time ahead ..May God Bless you beyond measure in all that u do in life Mr Michael .
Juanita Godshall
August 14, 2019
I got to know Wally at the church he attended with his with his wife Jean. It was so nice to know him and talk to him. I will miss him a lot. My sympathy to all of his family and friends He will be missed by many people. Sincerely, Arlene Young
August 14, 2019
I'd like to thank Mr. Sychak for serving his his country first!Then for always standing by your son- rough times, good, and bad times a true quality of a man❤ One only a son could repay his father by staying at your side through the rough times! I truly hope you know how much you meant you meant to him! You raised a strong, loving, humble man who I hope remains unbroken is .. May you rest in and I hope your family finds comfort in the love you had❤❤
Teresa Schermerhorn
August 14, 2019
So sorry to hear of your families loss. My prayers go out to all of you. Bret stay strong. I'm so glad you got to spend time with your Dad before he passed. I followed you from day one of your career and I have to say that you are one of the most giving, caring souls on the planet. Your parents raised you well. I hope that your entire family finds peace.
Pam Peoples
August 14, 2019
My deepest condolences to all the family and friends. I am really sorry for your loss -

Daniela Penna - Brazil
Daniela Penna
August 14, 2019
My deepest condolences to all of his family and friends. We lit a candle when my dad paased away and we did not blow it out we allowed it to burn untill it went out on its own
Sharon Hart
August 14, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. He did a awesome job raising you and I know God will help you thru this very difficult time. My prayers are with you and your family. God Bless
Carol McLain
August 14, 2019
Much prayers to family, I pray for peace and strength and comfort in these days ahead.
Teri Jacobs
August 14, 2019
My condolences to all of Bret's Family. His Father sounded like a great man, & he enjoyed life. I thank him for his Service to our great Country. May he RIP.
Forever a fan!!
Lori Epley
August 14, 2019
My most sincere condolences to all of his family and friends. My brother actually met him at Saturdays market years ago when my parents had a stand there. My brother told me when he met him that he is a very nice man.
Sharon Hart
August 14, 2019
Remembering a classmate from Butler Senior High School 1952
Sally Hindman-Robison
August 13, 2019
Sorry about the loss of your father. I lost mine twelve years ago. He was a Vietnam Veteran. Thank you to your father for his service. My prayers are with you and your family. You will always have your memories of him. God bless you all.
Terri Robertson
August 13, 2019
drear Bret michaels its your fan Ashley i am sorry to hear about your dad passing away if you need any thing email me at [email protected] love you
ashley dandrea
August 13, 2019
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Sychak family. So sorry for your loss...
Sunday Keller
August 13, 2019
So sorry for your loss your family is in my prayers. Love ya Bret
Brenda Lawson
August 13, 2019
Thank you Mr. Wally for your service to our Country. My husband's dad was a paratrooper in World War II. The stories told are amazing. Thank you also for raising such an awesome son who has such a huge heart towards people. You sir, did good. Rest in peace sir.
Bonnie Collier
August 13, 2019
Thank you Mr. Wally for your service to our Country. My husband's dad was a paratrooper in World War II. The stories told are amazing. Thank you also for raising such an awesome son who has such a huge heart towards people. You sir, did good. Rest in peace sir.
Bonnie Collier
August 13, 2019
very sorry for your loss bret may you cherish the wonderful memorys you and your family has had with him .betty luciano
August 13, 2019
I am so very sorry. Sending thoughts, love and continued prayers for you and your family.
Leslie Palleria
August 13, 2019
Sorry for your loss. My prayers are w you and your family.
Heather Olson
August 13, 2019
Sorry for your loss sending prayers to you and your family.
Lorelee Parent
August 13, 2019
So sorry for your loss Bret Michaels and your whole family
Mary Fabry
August 13, 2019
so sorry for your loss. thoughts and prayers for your family and friends. thanks for your service wally.
mary shafer
August 13, 2019
Prayers and condolences to the family.
April Kiel
August 13, 2019
Bret, and your entire family. I give you my sincere condolences on your loss. Wally was such a good man and it was an honor to meet him. He and Wilma Jean were so proud of you and just beamed every time they talked about you. It is very difficult to lose a parent that meant so much to you. His spirit will live on in your loving memories.
Patty Vaughn
August 13, 2019
Condolences to the family and friends. Thank you, Sir, for your service to our great country. May you rest in peace as you watch down on your family and friends.
Fair Winds and Following Sea's........
Kimberly Doran
August 13, 2019
Elsa Dobaran
August 13, 2019
Tammy Day
August 13, 2019
Tammy Day
August 13, 2019
Very sorry for your loss. I remember your dad very well being just 2 houses down in Webercroft. I did not know he was Navy veteran as I am. I thank him for his service and being a good neighbor. Prayers to all.
Bobby Lehmer
August 13, 2019
I am so sorry for the loss of your Father. I know he loved you and you loved him. It will be hard just remember all the good times. May God Bless all of you in this time of grief...my condolences to all Family and Friends. Sincerely Carolyn Hedden
Carolyn Hedden
August 13, 2019
I pray you all gain your second wind, to carry you thru. Kimberly Pick
August 13, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss.
James Shepherd
August 13, 2019
My deepest sympathy and condolences to the Sychak family and friends , your all in my prayers..
Kimberly McKee
August 13, 2019
Dearest Bret,
I'm so sorry on the loss of your dad, unfortunately I know how you feel as my dads three year anniversary was yesterday. You will never stop thinking of him and your memories are yours and yours only they will help you get through. Your family, friends and fans love you we're here for you. I love you! ❤
Jennifer Ferriera-Da Silva
August 13, 2019
I am deeply sorry for your loss. I pray that you and your family can find peace and happiness in the memories of the great times you spent with your father. Hold them dear to your hearts in the coming days, weeks, and months ahead. He was a man of great honor who made this world a better place with his presence. Sending love and continued prayers.
Amy Mawdsley
August 13, 2019
Sending my condolences to the family.
Anitta Pribble
August 13, 2019
Oh, Bret, my heart is so, so heavy for you and your family right now, as I understand the pain all too well with losing my Mom at the age of 12. We, your fans feel your pain with you and want you to lean on us as much as needed to get you through this excruciating pain. May you find peace in your heart and soul knowing that God has him in the palm of his hands, and that you will meet again, one day. My thoughts and prayers remain with you and your family. What an honor to have met your Dad a few times in the past! It was very clear how super proud he was to call you his son! God bless!
Jen Pilewski
August 13, 2019
My deepest sympathy on the lose of such a loving man , husband and father. ..Prayers are with the family and are continuing ....you will be sadly missed ...RIP Walter ...
Judy Diamond
August 13, 2019
Bret and family my deepest condolences for your loss. He will never be forgotten. May his wings provide shelter from the cold and keep our hearts warm.
Tonya Allen
August 13, 2019
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