Donald Buyze

Donald Dwayne Buyze

Wednesday, November 23rd, 1932 - Saturday, August 29th, 2020
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Donald Dwayne Buyze, formerly of Benton Harbor, died at home in Dowagiac on Saturday, August 29, 2020.

Donald was born November 23, 1932 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin to Daniel and Mary Buyze.

Following high school graduation in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1950, he worked for a time in Stuttgart, Germany for Radio Free Europe.

Upon graduation from Calvin College in Grand Rapids in 1956, he took a post in Northern Michigan Christian High School in 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 mathematics at Benton Harbor High School until 1994. He coached freshman basketball from 1971 to 1988 leaving behind a 90% win record.

During much of that time he also taught night school at Lake Michigan College.

Following retirement he volunteered for a number of years for the summer workshop program of Habitat for Humanity through First Presbyterian Church of Benton Harbor.

Donald is survived by his children, Stephen Dale Buyze, Susan Kaye Lange, David Duane Buyze, and Constance Joy Buyze; 6 grand children; and his sisters Jule Ann (James) Nyhuis, and Mary Lee (Alan) Holle. He is predeceased by his brother Leon and his parents, Daniel and Mary Buyze.

A memorial service will be held in the summer of 2021. No date has been set yet. Gifts in Don’s name may be given to the First Presbyterian Church in Benton Harbor, PO Box 186, Benton Harbor, MI 49023. Those wishing to sign Don’s Memory Book online may do so at
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    Riverview Cemetery
    2925 Niles Road
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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Due to Covid-19 there will be no services at this time. It will be announced Summer of 2021 Memorial Donations in Don's name may be made to First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 186, Benton Harbor, MI 49023


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Isiah Newson

Posted at 01:21pm
My deepest condolences to the Buyze family. He was a special kind of guy and I considered him a friend and will always cherish our conversations. There was never a topic in which he did not have a opinion. Rest in Peace Mr. Buyze....

Sherri Coulibaly

Posted at 01:30am
Mr. Buyze was my math teacher in high school. He was always pleasant. My deepest sympathy and condolences to the family. David the Class of 1980 miss you and is sending prayers your way. Sherri Guidry Coulibaly.

Gregory Mauchmar

Posted at 12:45pm
It is with great sadness to learn of Don's passing. He was a valued member of the BHHS staff and was well-respected by his colleagues and students. I personally appreciated his friendship and patience. I took over the basketball clock duties from Don and always remembered the advice he gave me. Rest easy my friend, and thank you.

Debbie Johnson

Posted at 11:07pm
Sorry for the passing of Uncle Don. My thoughts and prayer are with you all at this time. Debbie Johnson

Ray Thompson

Posted at 12:42pm
Ray Thompson Freshman BB Benton Harbor 1973 Rest well Coach May God Be With You

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