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STYCH, Godfrey "Garf" 1931-2017


Posted By: K. L. Kittleson
Date: 12/1/2017 at 12:26:43

Godfrey "Garf" Stych

December 12, 1931 - November 26, 2017

CEDAR FALLS, IOWA – Godfrey “Garf” Stych, 85, of Lansing, Michigan, formerly of Cedar Falls, died Sunday, November 26, 2017, at his home.

He was born December 12, 1931 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, son of Bohumil and Helen (Navratil) Stych. He married Lillian Kolar and they later divorced.

He graduated from McKinley High School, Cedar Rapids, in 1950 and served as a Navy Airman during the Korean War. He earned his Masters degree in Physical Education from the University of Iowa in 1960.

In 1966, he became the Assistant Professor of Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance at the University of Northern Iowa, retiring in 1990. He coached gymnastics at UNI from 1966 to 1981, reinstating the men’s gymnastics program during that time. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Cedar Falls and Cedar Falls AMVETS Post #49. He held the titles of Cedar Falls AMVETS Post #49 Bugler and State of Iowa AMVETS Bugler.

He is survived by two sons, Jim Stych of Oxnard, CA, and Jerry Stych RT (R) of Lansing, MI; three grandchildren: Samantha Lynn Stych, James Jeffrey Stych, and Jeffrey Charles Stych; and by two nieces, Sheryl Stych-Karr and Linda (Stych) Olson.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Allen Stych; and by a brother, Jerry Joseph Stych.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4 at St. Patrick Catholic Church with burial in Greenwood Cemetery, both in Cedar Falls. Visitation from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3 at Richardson Funeral Service and also for one hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors will be conducted by the Cedar Falls AMVETS Post #49 Honor Guard and the U.S. Navy Funeral Honors Detail.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.

SOURCE: Richardson Funeral Home website


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