Dale Eugene Pytko, 71, Twin Lakes, WI, passed away January 12, 2023 while holding his breath waiting for a new Speaker of the House to be appointed. He is now at peace with our Savior Lord Jesus Christ. Born in Chicago, IL, November 28th, 1951 to Eugene Joseph Pytko and Dorothy Pauline Pytko (nee Harchut) of McHenry, IL. On May 18, 1974 he married Peggy Ann Lodtz of Crystal Lake, IL. Survived by Peggy and Son David Pytko (Julie Pytko nee Boksa) and Grandchildren, Dylan, Leah, and Hannah. Son Patrick Pytko and Grandchildren Mia Pytko (mother Jamee Mitchell), Nolan Reynolds, and Gracy. His beloved dogs, Haley, Stosh, Olivia, and Emma. Proceeded in death, his loving mother and father Dorothy and Eugene Pytko.
He will also leave his dearest cousins and close friends John and Susie Lasch, Don Strang, Rick Dimzoff, Greg Prairie, the friends of his sons, and his many friends from the Biker Club, Painters Union, and Rose Societies.
He attended St. Mary’s Grade School, McHenry High School, MCC, ECC and WIU. His high school days were consumed by playing football, golf, the trombone for the high school band, and acting plays in the drama club, in turn got 2 extra weeks off for consumption. He lived in McHenry and Johnsburg for almost 50 years before retiring to Twin Lakes, WI. Occupations include: Advertising Artist, Silkscreen Printer, and Union Painter.
He is most remembered for his great sense of humor, playing rock music (Stairway to Heaven), helping friends and family, and (charming?) personality. He loved all art mediums, music, fishing, camping, DIY projects (a real Polish MacGuyver, preferring Gorilla Tape), assigning nicknames, entertaining friends and family with fireworks displays while managing to keep all his digits. He grew an abundance of roses and gave them to passing neighbors but will be pushing up daisies this spring. His most memorable times were spending time with grandchildren fishing, apple & strawberry picking, going to their various sporting events, showing his roses, and teaching them how to draw. His favorite places were the Lake Elizabeth, T.L., the Caribbean, Ely, MN, and Sturgis, SD. He built a beautiful family home in Johnsburg, IL. Retired from the Painters and Decorators Union #863. Member of the Gateway Rose Society, Greater Milwaukee Rose Society, Northeastern Illinois Rose Society, and The American Rose Society. Past member of AMA and Independent Riders MC. Received many accolades for showing his motorcycle and his roses.
Translation: He stood tall as a witty and compassionate husband, father, grandfather, cousin, and friend. Had a great appreciation for the wonders of the world around him and used that to identify and relate to others while bringing out their most interesting elements of their personality.
Because this fricken obituary cost so much we had to cremate him without a service, but a memorial gathering in his honor will be conducted at a later date. His wish was for any donations to be made to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. Due to family history, he may have forgotten to also suggest that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association as well.
Love you all. Fly straight, God Bless, and Gone Fishin’ – Dale