Denner Astyk, Jr.

Denner Astyk, Jr.


Denner Alexander Astyk, Jr.








January 22, 2019






Denner A. Astyk Jr. was born on October 23,1947 in the city of Buffalo, NY. He went to Burgard Highschool and graduated with a diploma in auto mechanics in 1964. He was drafted into the Army in June 1967 and did 1 tour in Vietnam. He was infantry/ M-60 machine gunner with Delta Company 2-16 Big Red One. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Sharpshooter Medal, Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge, Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. After leaving the Army Denner worked for the next 25 years for the New York State Department of Transportation. He married his wife Norah Astyk on a cold Valentine’s Day in 1987. He had 2 children Kelley and Sean. Denner helped in the creation of VVA Chapter 77 in Buffalo, NY, was the POW/MIA chapter member who worked with the local POW/MIA organization in Buffalo and knew most of the families personally. He marched many years in the Chapter 77 color guard, He was able to attend many reunions for Delta company all over the country and even hosted one of his own in 2010. He enjoyed working on cars of which he had a 1965 Impala and a Chevy Truck. He passed away on January 22, 2019 due to diabetes caused by exposure to Agent Orange during his service in Vietnam. Denner is greatly missed by his brothers from Vietnam and his loving family.


LEFT FOR Denner Astyk, Jr.
POSTED ON 12.4.2020
POSTED BY: Joe Schmitz

Friend Remembers

Denner used to be a customer of mine when I had my store Schmitz Performance. He used to put my short blocks together for my race car. Great guy.
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POSTED ON 6.16.2020
POSTED BY: Dennis Zawistowski

Long Lost Brother

Sorry to hear of your passing through the valley bro, the last time I seen you was at my 60th B-day now Iam 74 man the time just passes. Was this thinking of you and spotted the obit, I still remember the first day I met you down at the garage next to house where you lived, back in good old days, well not too much to say but a good brother lost but never forgotten. Dennis Zawistowski Aka Benny Vietnam 67-68.
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POSTED ON 11.11.2019
POSTED BY: Norah Astyk

Veteran's Day 2019

I can't express the sadness I feel on this first veteran's day without you. I will light a candle in your honor today. It's not the same, never will be again but I thank you for being the wonderful Vietnam Veteran in my life for 32 years. Thank you for your service. I will always love you.
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POSTED ON 8.23.2019
POSTED BY: Joe and Ruth Morgan


First time I met Denner was when I came to November Platoon. We hit it off great because we were both from Buffalo, New York. We had many conversations about Buffalo - Lancaster Speedway, different motors in cars, and what we were going to do when we got back home. His nickname was Tiny because he was the biggest guy in our squad. We knew he would always have our back. He was the type of guy that never got upset or mad at anybody. He will be missed a lot. God Bless his
family and we know he is looking down after them. Joe and Ruth Morgan
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POSTED ON 8.22.2019
POSTED BY: George &Barbie Knepp


George & I are so sorry to hear about the loss of Denner ! God Bless Denner & family will keep them in my prayers! George really throught a lot of Denner! With prayers & love!George & Barbie Knepp
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