Casimir S. Sikon, 97, of Elburn, formerly of Bensenville, Ill., and affectionately known as â€œCasâ€ or â€œGrampsâ€ to family and friends, died peacefully of natural causes at home surrounded by the love and prayers of his family, on Tuesday, April 6, 2010.
He was born Aug. 23, 1912, the son of John and Frances (Gurecki) Sikon in Chicago.
Gramps grew up in Chicago, where he attended local schools and graduated from Carl Schurz High School.
Gramps found the love of his life early and never looked back. Dorothy K. Sabala won his heart and before long they were united in marriage and became an instant family when he adopted Dorothyâ€™s son, Henry, whose father had passed away in an accident.
Shortly after, Gramps began faithfully serving his country in the United States Army. He worked as a mail carrier, which would foreshadow a career in civilian life that would span many years and see Gramps rise to the rank of Supervisor for the Chicago Branch of the United States Postal Service.
His homecoming was marked with excitement. Not only was he returning to his bride but also a son, who was born shortly before he left. Joseph Q. Sikon was 3 years old and seeing his father for the first time. They made their home in Chicago for a time before Gramps built their house in Bensenville, filling the house with love, laughter and memories.
During that time, Gramps worked as a butcher some days and as a carpenter on others before working for the U.S.P.S. He retired in the mid 1970s, and then he and Dorothy moved down to Boynton Beach, Fla. There, they shared many years until her passing in 1997. In January of 2001, his grandson Joseph and his family closed on their new home in Elburn, complete with room for Gramps. He would spend the next nine years making unforgettable memories colored with laughter and smiles.
Gramps was a member of the Letter Carriers Association and the carpenters union.
Gramps was â€œThe Energizer Bunny.â€ His family thought he was going to live forever because of the way he would bounce back after every illness or set back in his health. Gramps loved to garden, pruning his grapefruit, orange, key lime and mango trees in Florida.
Deep sea fishing was a favorite pastime, always waiting to catch the next â€œwhopperâ€ or thinking up a story for the one that â€œgot away.â€ Gramps loved to talk, and whether he was in Florida or Illinois talking to a friend, neighbor or the meter man, his conversations were as long as they were memorable. He possessed a kind and gentle spirit, one that a stranger could see from a mile away. His memories are a priceless gift he leaves to family and friends who will miss him greatly.
He now leaves his son, Joseph Q. (Beverly) Sikon of Penrose, Colo.; two grandchildren,Joseph J. (Chris) Sikon and their children, Morgan, Zachary Casimir, Makenna all of Elburn; and Jennifer (Clay) Hahn and their daughter, Kelsey of St. Charles; one great-great grandson on the way; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends from Illinois to Florida.
He now joins his parents and wife, Dorothy; two siblings, Henry J. Sikon and Helen Mahal, who preceded him in death.
The family is hosting a memorial Mass beginning at 7 p.m., Friday, April 16, at St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn. Private family interment will follow at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the â€œCasimir Sikon Memorialâ€ and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or online at www.conleycare.com.