Gordon J. Magyga, 87
Jan. 7, 1928 -- April 12, 2015
Gordon “Gordy” J. Magyga, 87, passed away on April 12, 2015. He was born on Jan. 7, 1928, in Milwaukee. He attended high school at South Division and served proudly in the U.S. Navy during World War II, earning the rank of seaman first class. He was a seaman on the USS Suffolk (AKA-69) and was awarded the following ribbons: American Area, Asiatic Pacific Area, Philippine Liberation and the World War II Victory Ribbon. He was honorably discharged on July 14, 1946, and went on to work at Allen-Bradley Co.
Gordy was the past president of Green Lake Property Owners Association in Farmington. He was an avid boater who enjoyed all types of fishing no matter the season. He served up the most awesome perch dinners.
Other things he enjoyed were having bonfires at the lake, cooking, reading, yard work, painting, craft-making, going to movies, sports, all things with woodworking or building, and glass projects.
The most important of all to him was God, all family members and great friends from various walks of life. He was the most wonderful husband with a loving heart, compassionate disposition and always willing to give his time and talents to those who sought him out.
Gordy is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Karen Magyga; his children, Kathy (Jim) Tomamichel and Donna (Jerry) Rondorf; granddaughters, Jill (Chris) Oden, Jessica (Billy) Ackerman, Stacey (Tyler) Novogoratz, and Andrea (Ben) Elliott; also survived by his stepchildren, Chad Maertz, Troy Maertz, Kelly (Tom) Redlin and Stacy (Larry) Serchen; step-grandchildren, Autumn Jean Maertz, Clint Crawley, Samantha, Jake and Travis Redlin, Londyn and Lance Mayer, Kristen and Tyler (Kayla Kallas) Serchen; brother-in-law, Earl DeLaet Jr. and godchild James “Jimmy” Komp. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Josephine (Trader) Magyga and his first wife of 43 years, Lucy (nee Canales) Magyga.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Bruce G. Griswold, Kraemer Cancer Center and The Kathy Hospice in West Bend, and his best friend and confidant, Daniel T. Stemper.
The memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at noon at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend) with the Rev. Gerald Brittian presiding. The visitation will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. until the time of service at noon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Kathy Hospice (St. Joseph’s Community Foundation, 3200 Pleasant Valley Road West Bend, 53095).
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or online at www.phillipfuneralhome.com.