Eric M. Buryn, of Louisville, KY, was taken too soon on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at the age of 45. Eric was born in Clinton, Iowa on February 20, 1976 and graduated from Francis Howell North High School. He briefly attended Missouri State University before realizing that he could teach classes more effectively and instead decided to join the Military (1994 – 1999) for adventurous opportunities. During his military career, he traveled around the world, and his last assignment was in South Korea, where he learned to love the country’s history, culture, and food. With the completion of his honorable service with the 75th Ranger Regiment, 3rd Airborne Battalion, he went on to receive his Bachelor of Business from Murray State University.
Eric met the love of his life, Karen Grider, in the summer of 2011 at Patoka Lake, and they were married on Oct. 17, 2015 in the presence of her beloved deceased father Maxton A. Grider. They were married for 6 wonderful years.
Eric worked as a Radio Frequency Engineer IV at Verizon for 6 years with expertise in RF operations, design, and implementation (SC, IB, Venue, Macro) design, where he met lifelong friends that were dear to him. He was passionate about playing punk rock music (Julius Seizure, Pancakes House, and DBoA), Cardinal Baseball (Rally Squirrel), Blackhawks Hockey, and Soccer (Life-changing World Cup). He was a connoisseur of gourmet food, which, of course, included the McRib. Eric also loved wine & great bourbon, inspiring people to do great things, sharing with all, barbequing delicious meats, cooking, and living life to the fullest. His proudest achievement in 2021 was being named a Kentucky Colonel – The Honorable Eric M. Buryn.
Eric is survived by his wife Karen, children Dalton (Cassie Bays) and Tori (Christian Piephoff), and pups Leon and Ieja; brother Kevin; beloved parents Lou and Kathy Buryn; loving mother-in-law Min Ja Grider; sister-in-law Sandra (Stephen II) McCreary and their children Stephen III, Zoë, Ella, and Lily; sister-in-law Patti (Steve) Kestler and their sons Collin and Kyele (Kelsey), their children Jackson and Camden; brother-in-law Allen (Angela) and sons Chris and Michael; Barbara (Tim) Cruse and daughter Candace (Sam), their children Porter and Hayden Lee; Donna and Skip Boll, Monica Lieser and her sons Nathaniel and Mitchell; Abby Boll; and friends Matt Stansbury, Michael (Jen) Anderson (children Colby and Conner); Brian (Chessi) Spangler and their children Alex and Zack; Jake (Allie) Thomas (Marleigh & baby); Scott Hansen; and so many more beloved friends. He is also survived by Julie and Chris Todd, Leanne Barnhardt, Mat Buryn, June Smith, Debra Ellis, and many cousins.
Eric is preceded in death by Elizabeth and Thaddus Buryn.
Memorial donations may be given to:
Life celebration to be held at Bourbon Barrel Foods Marketplace on Frankfort, Ave. Saturday, 1 - 4 pm,
May 15th, 2021 (Please note Covid Guidelines still apply.)