Franklin Delano "Dyke" Six, 83, formerly of Greensburg, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017, after living the last five years with dementia.
The son of Edward and Irene Six, Chester, West Virginia, was born in East Liverpool, Ohio, Dec. 4, 1933.
Dyke graduated from Chester High School in 1952. He was active all four years, playing football, basketball and baseball, and was close friends with teachers and coaches Max Tuttle, Andy Zubel and Dom Amedio. Dyke was also a member of the National Honor Society and participated in various class activities. Dyke earned a football scholarship to Marshall University (1952-56), Huntington, West Virginia, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in mathematics and physical education. His claim to fame came when he made the 1955 Sports Illustrated issue during the Kent State game, when he was knocked out by a forearm blow from behind, on the sidelines after a play, from opposing team member Luke Owens. His jaws locked and he swallowed his tongue. Dyke was the first to have the mouth wedge used by coach Ed Prelaz to pry open his jaw and prevent his death.
In 1957, Dyke started a job with Nalco Chemical Co., Huntington, West Virginia. The following year he was married to the former Ann Smith. The family then moved to Hopkins, Minnesota; Seattle; and Greensburg in 1968, when he was hired by Batesville Casket Co. He worked in different capacities in distribution management. Dyke would later manage customer service centers in Canada, Puerto Rico and California. He retired in 1987 and continued to live in northern California until he later moved to southwest Missouri.
Survivors include his daughters Suzanne Meyer, Indianapolis, Lynn (Rick) Bewley, Greensburg, Lisa (Claudio) Baserga, St. Maarten, California, Melissa (Jim) Westerfeld, Batesville, and Gretchen Lutes, Greensburg; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; sister Bertha Starnes, Bowie, Texas; and brother Ed Six Jr., East Liverpool, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Ruby Newtz and Edna Hartman and grandson Keith Meyer.
Services will be held at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home, Greensburg, Wednesday, May 24, at 4 p.m. Interment will be held at a later date in Columbiana Count Memorial Park, East Liverpool, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of South Central Indiana. Online condolences can be posted at www.popfuneralhome.com.
Published on May 21, 2017