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Franklin Delano "Dyke" Six, 83, formerly of Greensburg, passed away May 19, 2017, after living the last five years with dementia. He was the son of Edward and Irene Six from Chester, West Virginia. Dyke was born in East Liverpool, Ohio on 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, WV, 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, and 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 to pry open his jaw and prevent his death by coach Ed Prelaz. In 1957, Dyke started a job with Nalco Chemical Company in Huntington, WV. The following year he was married to the former Ann Smith. The family then moved to Hopkins, Minnesota, Seattle, and when hired by Batesville Casket Company moved to Greensburg, Indiana in 1968 where he worked in different capacities in distribution management. He 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 of Indianapolis, Lynn (Rick) Bewley of Greensburg, Lisa (Claudio) Baserga of St Maarten, California, Melissa (Jim) Westerfeld of Batesville, and Gretchen Lutes of Greensburg; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Bertha Starnes of Bowie, TX; and brother Ed Six, Jr. of East Liverpool, OH. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Ruby Newtz, Edna Hartman; and grandson, Keith Meyer. Services will be held at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 24, at 4 p.m. Interment will be held at a later date in Columbiana Count Memorial Park in East Liverpool, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of South Central Indiana. Online condolences can be made at www.popfuneralhome.com
Published on May 19, 2017
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