Homyak, Michael C. Age 68, of Prior Lake died Saturday morning, Aug. 6, 2011 at his home surrounded by his loving family after a 20-month battle with a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumor. Mike was born on March 6, 1943 in Kansas City, MO. Moving to Minnesota as a child. He graduated from Bloomington High School in 1961. After 4 years in the Air Force, stationed first in Minot, ND and then in Izmir, Turkey, he settled into a career as a sales representative, traveling the upper Midwest. For 40 years, he called on the floral industry, plying his trade of ribbons and floral supplies and imparting his repertoire of industry know-how and good- natured banter while making many life-long friends. He married his wife, Joann, in 1973 and he moved his family to Prior Lake in 1974. Mike's hobbies included fishing for the big walleye in the Canadian waters, camping in Minnesota State Parks and cruising on his Harley. Following retirement, he and Joann were fulfilling his long-held dream of criss- crossing the US in their motor home, a dream cut short by his illness. Mike is preceded in death by his young son, Bobby; his mother, Mary Homyak. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Joann (Riesgraf); sons, James (Wendy) of Champlin, Michael (Lori) of Shakopee, Andrew (Cindy) of LeCenter; daughter, Tari (Shawn) Millard of Shakopee; step-daughter, Sheri (Ray) Jacques of Isanti; step-son, Brett Langer of LeSueur; 11 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; father, John Homyak of Savage; brothers, Robert (Darlene) of Sun City West, AZ, David (Patty) of Forest Lake, John of Faribault; other family and friends. Visitation Tues., 4-8 p.m., Ballard-Sunder Funeral Homes, 4565 Pleasant St. SE, Prior Lake and one hour prior to the Mass at church. Mass of Christian Burial Wed., 11 a.m., Church of St. Michael, 16311 Duluth Ave. SE, Prior Lake. A private family interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home www.ballardsunderfuneral.com Prior Lake Chapel 952-447-2633
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Published in Star Tribune from Aug. 7 to Aug. 8, 2011