1969, Danko Paziak, age 60
Danko Paziak was born in Bad Kroiznach, West Germany on June 6, 1951 to Ukrainian parents who had been forcibly relocated to Germany during World War II. His mother’s desire to see her family come to know Christ was the driving force in the family’s immigration to the United States. With the help a Catholic relief organization, Danko, along with his eldest brother, Richard, his older sister, Oksana, and their parents, Hryhoji (hid-eh-horey) and Ksenia, immigrated to the United States in 1952.
Following a short stay in New York City, the Paziak family finally landed in Omaha. After hard work and faith in God’s provision, they settled in the family home on South 11th Street. Danko attended Omaha public schools until his graduation from Central High School in 1969.
During his early school years, Danko, along with his father and brother, attended the Ukrainian Catholic Church, where he served as an altar boy. At the same time, Danko’s mother and sister attended Grace Bible Church. Over time, Oksana persuaded Danko and Richard to attend a weekly Bible study there, and eventually the whole family attended Grace Bible Church on a regular basis. It was during this time Danko, with the help of Oksana, accepted Jesus Christ as his savior. He was baptized and began to grow in his faith and walk with God.
After high school, Danko decided to attend Grace Bible Institute. He then transferred to the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies. Danko married Kathleen Ewert on February 21st 1976 in a small ceremony at Evangelical Bible Church.
Danko was employed with the Plywood Mart, which he had begun during his college years. He worked his way up through the company, eventually becoming an assistant manager. When Plywood Mart closed, Danko began a new career at the Chicago Lumber Company of Omaha, where he worked for 17 years until his early retirement in November of 2011 due to health issues.
Danko would tell you he lived a full life. His faith in Jesus was the cornerstone of that life. He served the Lord as an AWANA leader, Sunday school teacher and as a member of the elder board at Evangelical Bible Church.
It was his faith that led him to go on a mission trip to Latvia in the early 90’s. This trip had a profound impact on his life. He came home with a deepening relationship with Christ. Danko never hesitated to share his faith; whether that was through handing out a tract at a restaurant, supplying Our Daily Bread devotionals at his work or just by saying “God Bless You” to everyone he met.
Danko knew God and was secure in the knowledge that God loved him. This wasn’t merely head knowledge; it was also heart knowledge. He wanted to share God’s love with everyone, which also made him a great encourager. He had a kind word and a smile for everyone he met. From the moment of his salvation, Danko’s faith grew stronger as he leaned more and more upon God. He never questioned God’s goodness or his provision, and God never let him down. It was this faith that urged him to say “Praise God” constantly.
Survived by wife, Kathy (Ewert) Paziak; daughter & son-in-law, Sara & Igor Aksyonov; son & daughter-in-law, Doug & Katie Paziak; daughter, Laura Paziak; grandchildren, Katelyn & Natalie Aksyonov, Seth & Eloise Paziak; brother & sister-in-law, Richard & Fern Paziak; sister & brother-in-law, Oksana & Dennis Forbes; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by parents, Hryhorij & Ksenia Paziak
Westlawn Hillcrest Funeral Home