Jack Buys

VIT_Buys2Jack Buys was born Oct. 15, 1924 in Franklin, Pa. to James and Ethel Buys. He was raised by his mother in Greenville, Pa. and graduated from Greenville High School in June 1943.

That September he volunteered for the U.S. Navy, served two-and-a-half years, became a Radioman Third Class on USS Knapp, a destroyer, and fought in the Pacific theater for the duration of the war. He received an honorable discharge in March 1946.

He attended Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa. and received a Bachelor of Arts in business education in 1949.

VIT_BuysIn 1948, he married Jean Boughner and they had four children; Earl, Paul, Gail and Joel.

In 1950 he entered St. Paul Bible Institute (now Crown College) and graduated with a Bachelor of Theology in Missions.

For three years he taught business education at Atwater High School in Atwater, Minn. before coming to teach at Forest Lake in 1958, where he taught 34 years, retiring in 1992.

He served as clerk in Forest Lake Township for 21 years. Always an avid gardener, he devoted his attention to their garden during his retirement years.

Jack and Jean have four grandchildren; grandson, Tyler Buys, granddaughter, Amanda Buys (children of Joel and Laurie Ingberg) and granddaughters, Caitlin and Laura Buys (daughters of Paul and his wife, Julie).

Jack is survived by his wife, Jean Boughner Buys; children, Earl, Paul, Gail and Joel; grandchildren, Tyler, Amanda, Caitlin, Laura; great-granddaughter, Lily; sister, Olive Francis.

A special thank you to Kathy Marking for all her help with meals and baked goodies, working in the garden, shopping and our transition to the Arbors.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Monday, April 8 at Faith Lutheran Church, 886 North Shore Dr., Forest Lake. Visitation will be 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Mattson Funeral Home, 343 North Shore Dr., Forest Lake and continuing one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Scandinavian Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Forest Lake Community Scholarship Foundation.