Walter Pasnik
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Walter Pasnik

April 28, 1932 - January 28, 2019

Walter George (Wally) Pasnik was born into a growing family in Snow, North Dakota. Drawn by the American Dream that promised a quarter acre of land to anyone willing to farm it, his grandparents and parents emigrated from the Austro-Hungarian Republic (modern-day Ukraine). Wally was the ninth of 17 children in his family and attended a one-room schoolhouse through the eighth grade. He went on to graduate from Belfield High School in Belfield, ND, and serve in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, 1950-1954. Upon discharge, he became an Arthur Murray Dance Instructor in Washington, Texas, Oregon, and California for 15 years and a U.S. postal employee, working at the Medford Post Office for 30 years. He continued to teach ballroom dance part-time for 47 years and this fall took to the dance floor at his granddaughter's wedding. Upon retiring, Wally enjoyed winters in Mesa, AZ, and summers in Oregon, fishing, dancing, golfing and spending time with family and friends. For the last two years, his favorite dance partner was his dear companion, Helen Berrett. Survivors include six brothers and sisters; four children, Craig Paup, Kevin Pasnik, Shelley Pasnik, and Loni Strong whose devotion and care were unwavering; and six grandchildren. On February 22, Wally will be buried with military funeral honors at Eagle Point National Cemetery; a reception at the Eagles Lodge (2000 Table Rock Road) will follow at 2pm.

Printed Obituary
Published in the Mail Tribune
on February 8, 2019
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