MOHALL Paul Daniel Buynak, 59, a rural Mohall resident, died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, at a Minot healthcare facility, after a courageous battle with cancer for the past year.
Paul was born at St. Anne's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, to Stephen and Mildred (Bauer) Buynak. Paul was the third of eight children. He grew up in Hacienda Heights, Calif., and Dayton, Ohio, where he graduated from Chaminade High School. In 1971, Paul joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Minot Air Force Base as an aircraft ground refueler. While in Minot, Paul met, fell in love with, and married Georgia A. Nelson, on May 25, 1974, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mohall. They celebrated 38 wonderful years together. He and Georgia loved the land and ran a dairy and small grain farm. Both Paul and Georgia attended Bethel and Zion Lutheran churches.
After numerous years of farming and ranching, Paul and Georgia explored new employment opportunities. Always wanting to try new ideas and new jobs, Paul worked for Dahl Trucking Company, hauling grains and flowers to and from the East Coast and West Coast, as well as down to Florida and up to Canada. His next venture was working as an oil hauler and dispatcher for the Great Northern Trucking Company (GNT) until he became ill. Paul loved to coordinate the truck schedules and talk to the haulers. Paul served on the Hoffman Township Board from 1985 until his death.
Children have always held a special place in Paul's heart and, for more than 25 years, he brought joy and merriment to the local community during the holidays. Paul enjoyed spending his spare time traveling within North Dakota, with his wife, to see their children and grandchildren.
Family: Paul is survived by his loving wife, Georgia A. Buynak, rural Mohall; and his five children, Norman and his wife, Sarah, of Antler, Nathaniel and his wife, Theresa, of Antler, Amanda Huettl and her husband, Glen, of Garrison, daughter, Natasha, of Walhalla; and Daniel and his wife, Darcie, of Donnybrook; he was also blessed with and enjoyed five beautiful grandchildren, Isabell, Abigail, Reese, Kaleb and Liliana; his mother, Mildred A. Buynak, who resides in Englewood, Ohio; seven siblings, S. Timothy (Glorianna), Santa Barbara, Calif., Kathryn A. (Lance) Edwards, Alexandria, Va., Thomas (Joan), Strongsville, Ohio, Martin J. (Pamela), Toledo, Ohio, Charles F. (Susan), Tipp City, Ohio, M. Marie (Scott) Davis, Brookville, Ohio, and Patricia M. (Matt) Woodgeard, Miamisburg, Ohio; together with a vast family of nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins. Relatives from Cleveland, Ohio, are attending the funeral; friends and family reside in Cleveland and Dayton, Ohio; Utah, New Jersey, California and Canada.
Paul was preceded in death by his son, Collin, in 2005; and father, Stephen.
Funeral: Monday, Aug. 27, at 11 a.m., at Zion Lutheran Church, Mohall.
Burial: Hass Cemetery, rural Antler, Monday at 2 p.m.
Family Service: Today, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m., at the church.
Visitation: Today, 2 to 7 p.m., at the church.
Memorials: Memorials are preferred to Mohall Dollars for Scholars in memory of Paul.
(Brose Funeral Home, Mohall)