Donald Syson, of Niles

Nov. 30, 1945 — June 27, 2020

Don Syson, 74, of Niles, passed away on Saturday June 27, 2020, at Memorial Hospital in South Bend.

Don was born on Nov. 30, 1945 in Niles, to Lewis J. and Betty R. (Gray) Syson.

After graduating from Niles High School in 1964, he enlisted into the U.S. Army, proudly serving his county for two years, while stationed in Germany. Don retired from Simplicity Pattern as a press operator after 41 years.

On Jan. 20, 1968, he married the love of his life, Sharon Kissinger.

For more than 20 years he has volunteered with the Niles Public Schools sporting events; serving as an umpire for baseball and softball or selling raffle tickets at the football and basketball games, he was a firm believer in doing whatever he could to support his hometown. Don cherished the time he was involved with the Babe Ruth Baseball organization, he umpired for more than 25 years, including three Babe Ruth Ohio Valley Regional’s and two Babe Ruth World Series games. 

Don enjoyed spending time with his family and He loved spoiling his grandchildren. Don had a sense of humor, only he could pull off.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lewis J. Syson; and his brother, John L. Syson Sr.

Don is survived by his wife, Sharon K. Syson, of Niles; daughter, Vicki (Craig) Nihart, of Houston Texas; son, David (Amy) Syson, of Niles; grandchildren Adyson and Braxton Syson; bonus daughter, Cheri (Cliff) Dickey, of Virginia; mother, Betty R. Syson, of Niles; and a sister, Brenda (Jim) Jacobs; also nephew John (Molly) Syson Jr., of Niles; niece Kelly (Darrell) Gatchell, of Coloma.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be directed to The Wounded Warriors Foundation.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 3, 2020, at Brown Funeral Home, in Niles, and will also be live streamed via Brown’s website.

Friends and family will gather for a time of visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday. The family has requested that everyone observe the COVID-19 protocol, please wear a mask and use hand sanitizer as you enter the funeral home. 

Condolences, photos, and memories may be left for the family at BrownFuneralHomeNiles.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Services, of Niles.

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