Marvin “Marv” R.
Syren, age 84, of Portage, IN, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by
his family on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.
He was born on
November 4, 1933, in Chicago, IL, the son of Yngve and Florence Syren.
Marv is survived by
his loving wife of 58 years, Karen (Smith) Syren; son, Todd (Kim) Syren;
grandchildren, Taylor (Billy) Mayer, Riley Syren and Jackson Syren;
great-grandson Will, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in
death by his parents; brothers, Royce and Wes Syren; son, Scott Syren.
Marv started a
photo club named The Shutter Bugs. He was the captain of the wrestling team
at the University of Illinois where he also received his bachelor’s and
master’s degrees and a partial Ph.D. In 1956, he was the person mainly
responsible for the resurgence of wrestling as an interscholastic sport in
Gary, IN, and then taught, coached and retired from Gary Wirt High School in
1991. Marv was inducted into Indiana Coaches Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2017.
He was the former President of the Calumet Region Montessori Parent Group
and the former President for the NWI Kidney Foundation. He was a member of
the Marquette Park Methodist Church. Marv was also on numerous boards for
the Portage and State YMCA, Portage Chamber, NWI Trade council and the
Wizard of Oz committee. He was very active in Portage and Porter County and
state Republican campaigns. Marv was a delegate to two Republican National
Conventions and had attended the George W. Bush Inauguration. He was a
member of the Masons, Shriner Orak Temple, Kappa Sigma Fraternity and
University of Illinois Alumni Association. Marv was awarded the James H.
Hartung Award given by the Northwest Indiana World Trade Council. He was the
owner of Syren Management. Marv loved teaching, reading the local
newspapers, growing his flowers and plants, enjoying his lilacs bushes and,
most of all, his family.
will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at 12:00 p.m., at Portage First
United Methodist Church, 2637 McCool Rd., Portage, IN, 46368, with Pastor
Michael Lawson officiating.
will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. until the time
of service at the Church.
In lieu of flowers,
memorial donations in honor of Marv may be made to Ann & Robert H. Lurie