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Source: We Remember by Ancestory

Sylvester "Syl" E. Marking, a nationally known agricultural magazine writer and editor, died peacefully with family members at his side on February 15, 2024. He was 90 years old. Born on a Wisconsin dairy farm of Norwegian parents, Robert and Signe (Romskog) Marking near Holmen, Wisconsin on December 29, l933, he and his six siblings were well grounded in the value of hard work gallantly demonstrated by his parents.

Syl Marking
Syl was a Korean service army veteran and when he returned home he married his lifelong sweetheart, Marcella Caulum, 68 years ago. He then attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison on the GI Bill and summer jobs and with his wife working full time, graduating with a Journalism degree and a passion for writing.

Syl's professional writing career began in l960 at the Albert Lea Evening Tribune. Because of his degree at the nationally top-rated University of Wisconsin Journalism School and his farm background, in 1962 he was offered a job on THE FARMER magazine in St. Paul, where he worked for 16 years. He was a fired-up productive writer and became the first Senior Associate Editor in the magazine's long history.

He then took a job at Professional Farmers of America in Cedar Falls, IA., followed by freelance writing for 12 years, then moved back to Minnesota to be closer to his adult children, Kim, Cindy, Kathy and Robert.

Then challenged by Bob Moraczewski, a former colleague still at the old company and hunting and fishing buddy, to take the helm as editor of SOYBEAN DIGEST, a national agricultural magazine with nearly 250,000 readers. Syl took the challenge. He opined that it "was a good ride, always challenging and rewarding."

Another National award was from the American Soybean Association. The plaque reads, "In grateful appreciation for his many years of journalistic services to U.S. Soybean growers and commitment to effective agricultural communications." It is one of several from the American Soybean Association. Several other awards decorate walls in his home office.

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