Maynard Edward Stych
February 23, 1940 - August 31, 2023

Maynard Edward Stych

Maynard Edward Stych
Feb 23, 1940 - Aug 31, 2023

Maynard Edward Stych

MUSCATINE, Iowa - Maynard Edward Stych, 83, passed away on Thursday, August 31, 2023, at Lutheran Living Senior Campus.

Funeral Service will be Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Reverend Susan Bantz will Officiate.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at Memorials may be made to the Rett Syndrome Foundation, in Maynard's late granddaughter's name, Allison Stych, as she was the light of his life.

Maynard was born on February 23, 1940, in Nichols, the son of George A. and Alice Marie Bekker Stych. He married Joyce Kay Courtney on September 10, 1960, at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Maynard spent most of his working life at McKee Button Company which took he and his family to Atlanta, Georgia and then Greenville, South Carolina. Upon returning to Muscatine, he joined the family building business with his brothers. He finished his working life in sales, at M&M Ford and Ron Alpen Ford. Maynard was an honest salesman who said he would never sell a car he wouldn't let his daughter drive.

He was a member of the Elks and Ss. Mary Mathias Catholic Church.

Maynard was a master griller; the weather was never too bad for a steak on the grill. He enjoyed having people over for dinner and entertaining. He also enjoyed boating and spending time with his family on the water. Through his retirement he enjoyed playing poker at area casinos, as it was his favorite hobby. Maynard loved people and never met a stranger.

Maynard spent many days trying to convince one of the CNAs to push his wheelchair to the front door so he could make his great escape!

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Joyce, of 63 years, of Muscatine; two children, Todd Stych and wife, Sara, of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, and Stephanie Anson and husband, Doug, of Muscatine; grandchildren, Jennifer Salazar and husband, Joey, of Muscatine, Corey Stych of Muscatine, Emily Green and husband, Jacob, of Portland, Oregon, Sharise Hartsock and husband, Ryan, of Muscatine, and Kassidy Harrison and significant other, Tito Nunez of Muscatine; great grandchildren, Trey, Noah, Sophia, Alexandria Salazar, Liam and Saige Hartsock, Paisley Harrison and Ezekiel Nunez; siblings, Paul Stych, Keith Stych, Rosemary Hollatz and husband, Jim, of Honolulu, Hawaii, Nancy Young and husband, Tom, of Florida, Ken Stych and wife, Kim, of Florida; and special family friend, Chris Soltwedel.

He is preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Allison Stych; siblings, George Stych, Rita Phelps, Jeanette Phillips, Wayne Stych, Ron Stych, and Donna Conisbee.

A special thanks to Connie and Jen from St. Croix Hospice who treated Maynard with dignity and respect in the last days of his life. A big thanks to Lutheran Living where Maynard called home and to all the loving staff at Lutheran who cared for Maynard with compassion and love, especially nurse Cora and favorite aid, Afton.


Barb & Bob Davis on Sep 8, 2023

Joyce, Todd, & Sara - We are so sorry for your loss and that we were not here to give you our condolences in person. Maynard was the pillar of his family and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.๐Ÿ™
Barb & Bob Davis

Delores Lid on Sep 6, 2023

I remember my cousin, Maynard, saying that his stubbornness was to be blamed on the Dutch! My dad loved visiting with him to buy a car, mostly for the conversations. Not sure that Maynard ever gave him a deal!

Larry and Patti Gerling on Sep 5, 2023

Joyce, I just saw this. We are sorry that we didn't know. Maynard was such a nice guy.

Ruth Brown on Sep 5, 2023

Joyce and family, We are so sorry for your loss! Your family is in our prayer . Maynard was a wonderful guy! RIP Maynard! Thoughts and prayers for your family.
Guy and Ruth Brown

Julie Neipert on Sep 5, 2023

Mom always enjoyed going to visit Maynard. She told me he was her protector. She wrote in her life story about shutting the old truck door on his barefoot and taking his toes to the doctor to sew them back on. She also stated she his ground his thumb in the food grinder another doctor visit and her trip to the doctor when he accidentally knocked her front teeth out. I guess they were together a lot. She loved him a lot. Always the biggest smile.

Rosemary Ann Hollatz on Sep 5, 2023

Maynard had polio in high school. I remember one day he asked me to get him some Pepsi! I was about 4. I walked over to the grocer by St. Mary's School and hauled home a 6 pack of Pepsi for him. He was always there for me when Jim was traveling overseas, knew who to call if the furnace quit, who to get the plumbing straightened out. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched.

Tara on Sep 5, 2023

Oh Maynard you will be so missed!! My heart aches for Joyce and all the family. He was so ornery but would put a smile on your face!! Tara Korthaus, Scribe

Dena Schliesman on Sep 4, 2023

Joyce and Family,
Maynard is at peace and so are you. Suffering is gone and being replaced by happy memories.- 62+ years of marriage will keep you smiling a long time ! Prayers and loving thoughts to you from all my family .RIP. dear friend..

John Lodge on Sep 3, 2023

Joyce, Todd, & Sara my heart goes out for you. Maynard was a good man and he had a great family. May the Lord give you comfort as you go through the upcoming weeks and months.

Yvonne Banks on Sep 3, 2023

CandleI remember Maynard as a wonderful man who was always friendly to whoever encountered him. He loved his family! A great man of the community.

Nancy on Sep 2, 2023

Joyce, Todd, Steph, and the rest of the family. ~ I enjoyed all my visits with Maynard over the past years when returning to Iowa.. I only wish there were many more. I am sorry I cannot make it to the funeral to see everyone. Hopefully, when our home is rebuilt and my body heals I can visit again.. I guess I will have to visit Maynard in heaven. __ In my thoughts and prayers, Nancy

Lynda Wingerter on Sep 1, 2023

Maynard was my next door neighbor for years, and I enjoyed him immensely, meeting in the yard and talking, he was always interested in what i was doing with my gardening, and helped after surgery by taking trash and recycling to the curb and back for me. He was a great guy.
Lynda Wingerter

Julie & Tim Long on Sep 1, 2023

So sorry to hear of Maynardโ€™s passing!! When visiting Mom at Lutheran Living, she ALWAYS remembered Maynard and he always would have a big smile for her. He will be missed!! Prayers for you all!! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

Dyann Roby on Sep 1, 2023

Rest in peace, Maynard, knowing you have eternal life.
Dyann & Dave Roby

Jerry and Marilyn Truitt on Sep 1, 2023

Joyce and family, we are so very sorry for your loss and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.



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1931 Houser Street
Muscatine, IA 52761
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1931 Houser Street
Muscatine, IA 52761
12:00 PM

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