Dean Martin Buganski Posted: 2019-10-02 11:13:37

Dean Martin Buganski


Dean Martin Buganski age 41, passed away at his home September 30, 2019. He was born September 26, 1978 in Elk Grove Village, IL to his proud parents Martin & Gail (Walsh) Buganski. Balls to the wall is how Dean lived his life! He was a very cute baby, a kid at heart, with the brightest blue eyes. From a young age Dean was happiest being outdoors building treehouses, running away to the creek, and surprising his mom with bottle rockets while she gardened. Surprisingly he is a wooden spoon survivor! Dean was his parents pride and joy making them proud every day. Always more than willing to show kids all the ways to have fun. A devoted, proud, loving uncle to all who considered him Uncle Dean. An avid thrill seeker with his closest friends who were the brothers he never had. Dean was always the first to help someone with anything they needed, he had an ability to fix everything and do it the correct way. A devoted hard worker to everything he did with a meticulously organized toolbox to match. Everyone will miss Dean’s ability to light up a room, make everyone laugh with his jokes, his unique sense of humor, and his many Deanism’s. Dean loved his mushrooms, cheese, shrimp, hibachi, and his favorite drink jack and coke with a lime. His hobbies included: fishing, guns, snow mobiling, 4-wheeling, jet skiing, and cleaning. Dean had a heart for animals, except squirrels and cats! He was proud to be an American. Do as Dean would do, ride it like you stole it!
Dean is survived by his loving parents, Martin and Gail Buganski , by his devoted sisters Brenda (Matt) Sullivan, Colleen Buganski, and Kelsey (Rob) Smith. His beloved nieces and nephews: Erik Sullivan, Darren Sullivan, Madelyn Sullivan, Wrigley Smith, and Lincoln Smith. Loving grandparents Thomas and Mary Jane Walsh. Caring aunts and uncles: Glen & Cathy Walsh, Ken & Eleanor Gilski. Many fun cousins and his closest of friends who were like family. He was preceded in death by the late Mitchell & Loretta Buganski.
Please join us in celebrating Dean’s life at DeFiore Funeral Home 10763 Dundee Road Huntley, IL. Visitation on Friday October 4th from 4-8pm and Saturday October 5th 10-11am followed with a celebration of life ceremony at 11am on Saturday, October 5th. Internment will follow at Huntley Cemetery.
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Scott Taylor 2019-10-02 11:43:01

Kelsey and family, we are so sorry to hear about the passing of Dean. We will keep all of you in our prayers

Mike Feilen & Sharon Hiller 2019-10-02 11:48:19

Beautiful obituary! This truly depicted our friend Dean. We will miss him joining us July 4th with his WILD firework display. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

Debbie Buttice 2019-10-02 12:02:38

Oh Kelsey I’m so sorry! Sending you hugs and heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

Chris Bleser 2019-10-02 12:15:51

My condolences thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this difficult time

Ben Bauer 2019-10-02 13:21:18

I only knew Dean for a short time while I worked at Anderson with him, but in that time he became one of my best friends. Dean was full of life, the obituary nailed it saying he lived his life balls to the walls. He never let a moment be dull. Dean, you'll be missed. You will all be in my thoughts, and I hope to make it to the services.

Steve Willing 2019-10-02 13:32:14

I was lucky enough to meet Dean through my son-in-law and daughter. Although I didn't get to see him often, when I did, he was always friendly, funny and fun. He will be missed greatly by all who knew him. My sympathies to Dean's family and friends.

Mary Kowalski 2019-10-02 13:33:58

I am so very sorry for the loss of Dean. I also have lost a brother and I know the pain you have. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. I will be unable to attend as I will be out of town. I send you all my love. ♥️RIP Dean ????????????

Larry Tonne 2019-10-02 14:01:01

I am so sorry to hear about this and for your loss. His obituary truly celebrated his life and am sorry to have never met him. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.

Beth Wendt 2019-10-02 14:08:47

I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. May God bless and keep Dean in his loving arms.

Margaret Brabeck 2019-10-02 14:31:07

I worked with Dean for several years at Anderson. We had many lively political discussions as he was so Republican and I am so Democratic. He is one of the few people I have missed since I retired. I was saddened and sorry to hear of his death. He will be greatly missed.

Gary Smith 2019-10-02 14:36:50

Dean was a great guy to work with .always enjoyed being around him. He is going to be missed. He has left a big hole to be filled.

Caroline Anne 2019-10-02 14:41:31

My heart felt condolences to Deans family and friends. I was blessed to spend lots of time with Dean during his high school years! Always an adventure and always a smile on his face is how I will remember him.

Andy Noethen 2019-10-02 14:49:46

Sending prayers and condolences to the Buganski family. Truly sorry for your loss.

Jack Pitts 2019-10-02 15:55:46

I will always remember Dean’s sense of humor and passion for everything he believe in. I am so honored to have known Dean and call him a true friend. I will miss him and his infectious laugh. RIP my friend.

Clint Moyers 2019-10-02 16:19:02

So sorry to hear about Deaner....It had been a few years since i have seen him, but I knew him since he was about 15. My old roommate (Jay Lattanzio) put an electrical system in his Nova (I think?), and he worked part of it off by mowing our lawn all summer... maybe 2 summers. So he would always stop by and BS.. Then when he turned 21, I would run into him at all the bars in the area. Great guy. We would take turns cracking each other up or telling our favorite stories about Jay. He will definitely be missed.

Heather Immel (Ritt) 2019-10-02 19:28:35

My deepest condolences to Dean's family. It's heartbreaking. Very sorry for your loss, he won't be forgotten. RIP

Shelly Wesemann 2019-10-02 21:44:19

So heartbreaking to hear this, Dean was hilarious and remember goofing around with him and giving each other a hard time.... My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Forever in our Hearts RIP Dean❣????????

Michele Willis 2019-10-02 21:44:47

Dean was always fun to have a friendly debate with. While he wasn't my right-across-the-street neighbor, he was only couple of houses away. He always had an extra minute to chat and give the dogs a pet when I would walk them over to say hi. Always gave me grief about having Rotties and not Danes. I am so sorry for the family's loss. He will be missed.

Victoria Pae 2019-10-03 10:44:53

I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. God bless all of you, many prayers to you.

Ted Sturm 2019-10-03 10:45:13

I really enjoyed working with Dean. He brought a passion to everything he did and it made the people around him better for it. I will miss him!

Deirdre Rafferty 2019-10-03 12:57:45

There are no words for this untimely passing of a guy so full of life, we will never understand it. My deepest condolences to the entire Buganski family, our hearts ache for you and our prayers are plentiful. May each and every one of you live a life that honors Deans memory and the awesome person he was. He is your forever angel????

Trent Greenawalt 2019-10-03 16:53:03

Dean was a genuine guy, intelligent, extremely organized, but his best quality was his sense of humor. There was never a time that you talked to Dean where he didn't put a smile on your face. Always his story topped yours, or he would turn your story into a comic strip. Our work won't be the same without his energy and work ethic second to none to get the job done. He even stepped out of his comfort zone and worked on some projects for me, just last week staying late on a Friday night to get something done he had no history of before. Very dedicated, and a great person. RIP my brother man... Deano you will be missed.

Lisa Spears 2019-10-03 20:22:58

Dean was one of a kind. He and my boys John and Scott grew up together. They would love to pick on their sisters. Carrie Spears and Kelsey Buganski had to always be on the lookout. Dean was being Dean one day when we were helping them move out of the rental house to the home they built. He was giving Uncle John the business so he hung him up on a nail in the garage by his belt loop cowboy boots and all. Grandpa Walsh was walking by and Dean asked him to get him down. Grandpa asked who put you up there? Dean replied Uncle John. Grandpa said well then I’m not getting you down I’m sure Uncle John did it for a good reason! I wish i could be there to give you all hugs and kisses. Gail we went thru our pregnancy together with Johnny and Dean and I will be here to help you get thru this together. My loving extended family my deepest sympathy. Love Auntie Lisa

Jack & Jean Jablonski 2019-10-04 16:20:40

Dean spent a lot of time at our house through the years. He was a good friend to our son Jason. He always made us laugh. We loved him too. He left us way too soon. He will be greatly missed. Sincere sympathy to his family

Bob and Sue Felbinger 2019-10-04 16:45:02

The difference Dean made in many people’s lives will remain with us . His laughter and living life to the fullest should remind us all that tomorrow is not promised. Dean will live on in our thoughts and prayers. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.