Frank E. Budzbanowski, 80, Amherst, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at his home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in the town of Lanark with the Rev. Charles Hiebl officiating.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Jungers-Holly Funeral Home in Amherst with a prayer service at 7 p.m. led by Pastor Steve Hulke. Visitation will also be held at the church one hour prior to the Mass on Tuesday.
Mr. Budzbanowski was born April 2, 1919, in the town of Linwood, a son of the late Frank and Helen Budzbanowski.
He completed eighth grade at the Woodville School and then went to work for Consolidated Papers Inc. and service in the Civilian Conservation Corps prior to joining the U.S. Navy in 1938.
He participated in the battles of the Coral Sea, Midway, Guadalcanal, Aleutian Islands and the Raid on Tokyo during World War II as a boatswain’s mate. He was among the 300 men who survived the sinking of the U.S.S. Vincennes. Prior to World War II he conveyed to Russia and Iceland.
He was married to Beverly J. Harris on Dec. 10, 1949, in Chicago.
He lived in Chicago until 1956 when he relocated to the Amherst area and farmed until 1960. He then began a retail roofing business, “Frank’s Roofing,” which he remained active in until becoming ill in the fall.
Survivors include his wife; one son, Bob (Pat), Negaunee, Mich.; one daughter, Lynda (Gary) Lea, Amherst; one brother, Bruno, Meadville, Pa.; two sisters, Sophie (Leonard) Sowka, Hillside, Ill., and Helen (Frank) Wienke, Mesa, Ariz.; five grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters.