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“Mr Szymanski was a very nice man. I sold him a Jeep several years ago and he stayed a friend from then on. He often stopped by to see me at Ken...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Carl Buehler - Dixon, IL - friend

“Love and prayers to all. ”
2 of 5 | Posted by: Rick & Sheri Swanson - IL

“Joe was the most kind person we could have the honor of him being our Brother-In-Law. . He always thought about others. We will always hold a...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Jill and Dennis Metcalf - Lyndon, IL

“Sorry for you loss. ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Brook Schafer - PRINCETON, IL

“Oh Dee, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Joe. Your love for each other was truly special. I cannot make it to the visitation so I hope someone...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Lindsay Mitchell - Polo, IL

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Joseph J. Szymanski, 87, of Dixon, died on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.

Joe was born on December 5, 1929 in Hegewisch, a suburb of Chicago, the son of Joseph and Mary (Plebanski) Szymanski. He was united in marriage to Dolores "Dee Dee" Metcalf-Snyder on February 25, 1994 in Dixon.

Joe graduated from Mt. Carmel High School in Chicago and attended McCormick Business College. He worked for Allied Locke for 22 years as a supervisor and had worked in shipping, receiving and production.

Joe served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict as a court reporter and high speed decoder while stationed in Japan. He was wounded in action while serving.

He was a kind hearted person who loved his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He had a love for animals especially his two cats, Black Jack and Phoenix. In his spare time you would find him cheering on the Cubs, watching world news or reading a good book. He loved bird watching and enjoyed fishing.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Dee Dee, of Dixon; his daughters, Kim (Scott) Latta of Monroe, Wisc. and Valerie (Arlyn) Howard of Dixon; a son, Rod (Beth) Snyder of Tampico; grandchildren, Anna Boer, Seth (Cara) Peikert, Ashley (Kyle) Tegeler, and Austin (Brittany Schmitt) Snyder; great grandchildren, Raeden, Braylen and Allysen Boer. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 12:30-1:30 PM followed by the funeral at 1:30 PM, Saturday July 8, at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls with Pastor Wesley Dickson, officiating. Burial with full military honors will be at Lyndon Cemetery. A memorial has been established in his memory. To send condolences visit