Donald Buyze obituary (1932 – 2020) – Dowagiac, MI
Donald Dwayne Buyze, formerly of Benton Harbor, passed away at his home in Dowagiac on Saturday August 29, 2020.
Donald was born on November 23, 1932 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, to Daniel and Mary Buyze.
After graduating from high school in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1950, he worked for a time in Stuttgart, Germany for Radio Free Europe.
After graduating from Calvin College at Grand Rapids in 1956, he held a position at Northern Michigan Christian High School at McBain, teaching physics, chemistry and mathematics and coaching basketball.
He received a master’s degree from Central Michigan University in 1968.
In 1969 he moved to the area to teach math at Benton Harbor High School until 1994. He coached freshman basketball from 1971 to 1988, leaving behind a winning record of 90%.
During much of this time he also taught night school at Lake Michigan College.
After his retirement he volunteered for a number of years for the Habitat for Humanity summer workshop program through the First Presbyterian Church in Benton Harbor.
Donald is survived by his children, Stephen Dale Buyze, Susan Kaye Lange, David Duane Buyze and Constance Joy Buyze; six grandchildren; and her sisters, Jule Ann (James) Nyhuis and Mary Lee (Alan) Holle.
He was predeceased by his brother Léon; and his parents, Daniel and Mary Buyze.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 12 at the First Presbyterian Church, 475 Green Ave., Benton Harbor. Friends can visit family from 1 p.m. at church.
Gifts on behalf of Don can be given at First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 186, Benton Harbor, MI 49023.
To sign Don’s book of memories online, visit www.starks-menchinger.com.
Posted by The Herald-Palladium on September 3, 2021.