Craig Timothy Syron, 47
April 24, 1969 — August 12, 2016
Craig Timothy Syron, 47, found his next great adventure Aug. 12, 2016, in Slemmestad, Norway. When he was an English teacher, one of his favorite assignments was having his students write their own obituaries; we can only hope to represent the passion with which he lived his life well enough to have earned a passing grade.
Craig was born April 24, 1969, in Sheboygan. He attended Marathon High School, where he broke and held the school’s shot put record for several decades. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve and served in Operation Desert Storm in the 548th Medical Detachment. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2004. He loved his children more than anything else in the world and never hesitated to share how proud he was of them.
Coaching was a passion of his. From the first team his daughter joined to the last one his son played on, he happily and proudly coached diverse activities, including soccer, football, baseball, basketball, debate, forensics and, of course, shot put and discus. He was the head throws coach at West Bend West High School for 11 years. In that time, he had an immeasurable impact on the program and, more importantly, on the students, and coined the throws squad’s nickname, “Wrecking Crew.” He also loved playing the guitar, singing and the outdoors. More recently, he was very proud of finishing his second half-marathon.
He is survived by Kari; children, Abigail and Ian; brother, Scott (Susie) Syron; sister, Nicole (Sam) Grulke; stepsisters, Jennifer Dobratz, Toni Heine and Jodi Heine; father, Paul (Jeanne) Syron; stepfather, Larry (Diane) Heine; and nieces and nephews, Jacob, Katherine, Eric, Sydney, Bailey, Zachary and Amelia. He is preceded in death by his mother, Karen Mae Viegut. He is further survived by many beloved aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in West Bend. Visitation before the service will begin at 1 p.m. There will be a small reception following the service in the church fellowship hall.