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Paul Walter Stempniak

March 22, 1948 ~ January 18, 2020 (age 71)


Paul Walter Stempniak passed away surrounded by his loving family on January 18, 2020. He was born in Buffalo, New York on March 22, 1948 to the late Joseph and Alfreda (Plawinski) Stempniak.

Paul went to high school in Buffalo and joined the U.S. Army on March 20th of 1968. His love of mechanics enabled him to be trained as a mechanic for single rotor helicopters and he specialized on the Huey UH-1. As a crew chief in the 187th Assault Helicopter Company he earned the Air Medal. Upon returning from the service he married Vivian Brown in 1971 and worked as a diesel mechanic for many years while raising his family. Paul's love of antique cars never went away.

Paul is survived by his loving wife of 48 years Vivian (Brown) Stempniak. Beloved father of Brian (Karen) Stempniak and Jennifer (David) Freeman; cherished grandfather of Jamie (Jonathan) Plumlee, Julia Karpa, McKenna, Haily, and Brian Stempniak, Jr.; proud great grandfather of Phillip, Elijah, and Gabriel. He is also survived by his brother Dennis (Heidi) Stempniak. A special heart-felt thanks to Marjorie (Jim) Rusnell for your support, help, love and the only one that could “tickle his inners."

Private services will be held this weekend. IN LIEU OF FLOWERS charitable donations may be made in Paul's memory to Disabled American Veterans,130 S. Elmwood Avenue #620, Buffalo NY 14202. 


Private Services


Disabled American Veterans
130 S. Elmwood Avenue #620, Buffalo NY 14202

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