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Dylan Benet Marx
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Obituary for Dylan Benet Marx

Dylan Benet Marx, 31, of Brookfield, Illinois passed away on August 28, 2017. Beloved son of Peggy Susan Bickham (née Marx), dearest brother of Ariel Deirdre Bickham, doting and beloved uncle of Gabriela Mary Agnes, Isabela Marisa Kiri, and James Xavier; survived by loving uncles Dale Marx (Paulette), William Marx, and Michael Marx (Xiaohang), loving aunt Janice Marx-Sawyer (Jeffrey); and dear cousins Peter Marx (Aimee), Candace Marx (Andrew Asbury), Jessica Marx, and Aaron Marx. Pre-deceased by beloved grandparents Vernon A. and Mary A. Marx. Dylan was also a dearly-loved friend to many.

Dylan was baptized at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Aurora, received communion and was confirmed at First United Methodist Church of Lagrange where he was active in Youth Group, participated in many Appalachian Mission trips and other service projects, and assisted with the younger children in many summer Bible camps. He continued his dedication to care and service to others throughout the rest of his life.

Dylan attended Lyons Township High School where he played football for two years. In the summer of 2004, following graduation, he participated in the People to People Student Ambassador Program and enjoyed a 5 week tour of seven European countries, traveling to UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

He continued his education at College of Dupage where he earned an Associate in Applied Sciences Degree in Ornamental Horticulture, with a certificate in Floral Shop Management, and in 2007 went to work for City Escape Garden and Design LLC in Chicago as an interiorscaper and horticulturist. If you walked through O’Hare or Midway during those years, you saw his handiwork; as manager of contracted plant services he was in charge of the selection, installation, and care of all of the flowering plants at both airports. He was also in charge of plant maintenance in University Center lobby and other locations, and was project manager for design and installation of plants in Wright College.

Deciding to change careers, in 2012 Dylan attended the Pharmacy Technician program at South Suburban College, graduating and passing the national certification exam in 2013. He started working at University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System in the ambulatory care pharmacy in 2013 as a trainee, moving up quickly to Pharmacy Technician II level. He loved and was proud of the pharmacy profession and his job, and coworkers say that he was good at everything he did. He was detail-oriented, conscientious, and knowledgeable at every task, took on extra duties, was a thorough and patient teacher/trainer and an all-around go-to person. His supervisor praised his team spirit, thoughtfulness, work ethic, accountability, support, and dedication to the pharmacy, his coworkers and patient care. He worked the late shift so others didn’t have to. He checked on his supervisor and the security of the pharmacy every night before he left. He drove the younger pharmacists and pharmacy students to their parking lots to ensure their safety. He was appreciated for his consistently positive and cheerful manner with coworkers and patients alike. He was also appreciated for his delicious Lego tequila cake and chocoflan cake which he baked and brought in to share with his coworkers. He enjoyed learning and attending professional conferences and lectures, and was proud to be a member of Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists.

Dylan also worked part-time at Target on weekends and recently picked up a third job at Barbara’s Bookstore in Burr Ridge. Hard to believe but he still did find time for fun. Besides baking, he loved plants and enjoyed gardening. He shared his horticultural expertise with his friends and coworkers, several of whom spoke of how their gardens flourished after following Dylan’s advice or receiving his first-hand attention. He was a dedicated foodie and amateur mixologist and enjoyed doing a little bartending for his friends. He appreciated many genres of music and films. He was an avid reader. He had a great smile. He loved karaoke and dancing. He’s been spotted (and video’d) riding a live bucking bull at a rodeo. And while he was known as a fun guy with a quirky sense of humor who knew everything and thought he was always right, he was also described by his friends as a helper, a giver, a protector, a true gentleman, a dear friend, and a kind and gentle spirit. So many of his friends spoke of how he stepped in with assistance and support when they needed it; helping a friend’s grandmother who had had a stroke with her garden; helping coworkers who were sick at home; helping a friend with her ill father; encouraging, motivating, protecting, and giving his time and energy to others. He was always there for his family, helping in any way needed, and was a great uncle, loving and well-loved by the children. Dylan enriched many lives and brightened many days. We will miss him terribly, but we are so grateful for the gift of the time we had with him.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Tuesday

5

Sep

3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Zarzycki Manor Chapels, Ltd. Willow Springs

8999 South Archer Avenue
Willow Springs, IL 60480

Vigil Service

Tuesday

5

Sep

6:30 PM
Zarzycki Manor Chapels, Ltd. Chicago

5088 South Archer Avenue
Corners of Archer Avenue and Keeler
Chicago, IL 60632

An evening prayer service will be held. Following the service, there will be a time to share fond memories and stories of Dylan.

Closing Prayers

Wednesday

6

Sep

9:00 AM
Zarzycki Manor Chapels, Ltd. Willow Springs

8999 South Archer Avenue
Willow Springs, IL 60480

Mass of Christian Burial

Wednesday

6

Sep

10:00 AM
St. James at Sag Bridge Church

10600 South Archer Avenue
Lemont, Illinois 60439

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