Barney Woycik was the kind of man enjoyed helping others, but always did it without expecting anything in return, said Lorrie Woycik, his wife of 60 years.
“He did kind things, quietly,” she said. “He was just plain old Barney who did things without fanfare. He loved his life.”
Barney Woycik, 87, of Valparaiso, died Sept. 8. He worked 40 years for McGill Manufacturing, retiring as a maintenance supervisor.
He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and a lifetime member of American Legion Post 94.
He served as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army 11th Airborne Division during World War II.
“He was proud of his service as a paratrooper,” she said. “He was a true-blue American guy.”
He was an excellent athlete, and had been the ski school director at The Pines Ski Lodge while it was in operation.
He loved dogs, and passed that love down to his children and grandchildren.
Lorrie Woycik met her husband while she was a student at Valparaiso University, and said the couple said “I love you” every night before bed.
“We were blessed with what God gave us,” she said. “We made a promise on our wedding night to say ‘I love you’ every night, and those were the last words I ever said to him.”
Daughter Carol Noland said her father’s life revolved around his family.
“He instilled in me to strive to do my best, and to be proud of what you can do,” she said. “Whatever was important to you was important to him. I knew I could call him, no matter what.”
Lorrie Woycik said he always supported her in her endeavors, no matter what they were.
“He let me be me,” she said.