Shaun M. Buenzly was born on October
17th, 1984. He was my sister, Rana’s only child. She decided to give
her son up for adoption as she believed that this would be in the
baby’s best interest.
I had the wonderful privilege of
dedicating this gift to our Father just before his adoption.
Shaun was raised by two loving
parents, Bob and Janie, who provided us with wonderfully detailed
updates & photos on a consistent basis until he turned 18. It was
obvious to my family and I that Bob and Janie were God’s gift to
Shaun as they brought him up with so much love and care. They are a
very special couple who lovingly raised a dynamic and devoted son.
Shaun and I spoke for the first time
in 2002. We met for the first time shortly after Shaun turned 19. I
knew immediately based upon Shaun’s mannerisms that he was a young
man who was taught with wisdom and love from two godly parents.
My mom and Shaun met for the first
time in 2004.
We had a wonderful opportunity
to travel to Turkey in August, 2005 where he met my dad for the
first time. Shaun and I talked about how he believed he was
incredibly blessed and he was thankful for the opportunity to be
alive on this earth. I vividly remember discussing with Shaun that
none of us knows how long we will be walking on this earth. Little
did I know approximately 2 years and 7 months later that this would
come to pass as Shaun was killed on Palm Sunday, March 16th, 2008 at
the young age of 23.
Shaun touched many people’s lives as
was evidenced at his viewing. People lined up for approximately four
hours to show their respect to this young man. It was so clear to me
that his parents and their family did such a wonderful work of
impacting Shaun in a positive way by the people that came forth
during this special event.
What struck me most about Shaun was
him showing an interest in other people’s lives. He did his best to
live life to the fullest.
I do have a peace from our Father of
love that Shaun is with him in the heavens above.
Even though Love did not cause this
tragedy to take place, I truly do believe Jesus will turn this
around for His glory.
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invitation to become a part of His family & to be with Him
John E. Kocer
"My best friend was one of the
most complete and genuine people I’ve ever had the pleasure of
knowing. Some of the things I’ll always remember about him were his
enthusiasm to do mundane things, his adventurous spirit and his
positive outlook on life. He had the best way with children I can
say I’ve ever witnessed. Educating was his passion. It was my best
friend’s world and anyone else who knew him could attest to this.
Needless to say Shaun and I had a close relationship.
The accident happens and Shaun
passes away. In the blink of an eye my best friend is gone. It
wasn’t until the funeral that I realized the full extent of his life
and the people he touched. In the comments people had made and the
things they had written, I had come to the conclusion that Shaun
probably had more best friends than anyone else in recorded history.
As long as I live my life, I will
never forget the good times as well as the life lessons my best
friend has taught me. Although it’s hard to continue on without him,
it’s important to do so and keep him with us in remembrance. By
living our lives to the fullest, it honors and validates everything
he’s done as well as everything he stood for. He led a complete and
good life in his 23 years with us. He is greatly missed physically
but spiritually he still lives in all of us.
Shaun, I miss you dearly, you were
my best friend."
“Shaun had that unique gift of
bringing a positive attitude to everything he did and building up
other people so that they could attain their very best.”
Pastor Brian Wilson
“Those of us that had the pleasure
of spending time with Shaun have been forever touched.”
The Walton Family
“… A highly respectful young man
who achieved so much in his short life…”
Cory, Michele and
“… Shaun not only touched my life
in so many ways, but every person that met him for even five
minutes. Of course, he made sure everyone knew of him! ;) He had
that special touch to make each person feel like they were the only
one in the world. A man who had more traditions than anyone. The
special qualities that Shaun held will give me strength to be a
better person and to know that he lived a fulfilled life.”
“… He was an amazing young man and
an inspiration to many… He lived his life passionately and touched
so many. His memory will live on in the hearts of all of us blessed
to have been touched by Shaun…”
“A very bright individual that
excelled in the classroom and in his social life. His kindness for
others was evident… Shaun will forever have a special place in my
heart and I am so thankful for having the pleasure of crossing paths
“I want to celebrate your life as
one well lived and thank you for the joy you brought to all of us.
We are all better off for having known you. You’re cool, you’re fun,
you’re our good friend Shaun. Until we meet again.”
Henry Kalb & Family
“Shaun’s memory will live on in
the hearts of all the people he has touched. He was a terrific son
and friend to all…”
Charlene & Allen Benner
“Shaun was such a wonderful
person… We have such great memories of how kind and upbeat he always
was and the amount of friends that he had really said so much about
his personality and fun spirit…”
“Shaun will be greatly missed… I
will always remember his smile… He was truly someone who will be
remembered for his kind spirit…”
“He was dedicated to being a
positive role model not only as a teacher but to the families of the
students. Shaun believed strongly in the family unit… Please know
that for the time I knew him, he made a positive impact on all of
“… Shaun was a beautiful young
man, not only in the looks department, but more so in the work he
was doing to make this world a better place, especially for our
children. God Bless You, Shaun and Rest In Peace with OUR LORD.”
“… Shaun had a remarkable ability
to make a lasting impression on everyone he met. He had this
enthusiasm about everything he did that was extraordinarily
contagious… Shaun was selfless and truly defined friendship. He
would make you smile whenever you were near him…”
“… He was always so outgoing and