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Anthony Budnik Jr. died peacefully on October 2, 2019 Des Moines Iowa after a long courageous battle with an illness. He was 79.

Anthony (Tony) was born on December 11, 1939 in Newark, NJ to his parents, Anthony and Martha Budnik. Shortly after finishing high school he joined the Air Force where he was an airplane mechanic, one of his passions in life. He married Patricia McNeal in 1960. The Budniks moved multiple times while in the service before settling down with their family in Pineville, Louisiana then later in life, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Tony worked in the industrial safety value industry as a salesman for many years before retiring. After retirement Tony enjoyed making furniture for Patricia, painting, flying airplanes, playing guitar, and spending time with his 9 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Mr. Budnik was a son, husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, and friend to many people in his lifetime. His music and storytelling will forever live in his family's hearts and memory.

Mr. Budnik is survived by his wife, Patricia Budnik of Ankeny, Iowa; his daughters, Rene Friedrichsen and Lori Ellis (Randy); his son, Stephen Budnik (Marcia); youngest daughter, Candice Groth (Jason); his brother, Daniel Budnik; sisters, Ellen Rein (Otto) and Linda Rein (Albert); Cassie Chenevert (Joey). He is preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Martha Miller Budnik of New Jersey; and his in-laws, Simon and Dorothy Baudin McNeal of Pineville, Louisiana.

Mr. Budnik will be buried at Iowa Veterans Cemetery on October 14, 2019 at 12:30.