2017-05-11 / Obituaries

Ernest Albert Bacsanyi

Ernest Albert Bacsanyi, 91, Traverse City, Higgins Lake, formerly of Northville, died May 9, 2017, at home.

His family and friends will celebrate his life privately.

Born Oct. 5, 1925, in Detroit, his parents were Geza and Margaret Bacsanyi, who preceded him in death.

Mr. Bacsanyi served his country honorably as a member of the United States Air Force. In January, 1956, he married the love of his life, Irene V. Szalay, in Detroit. The two lovebirds and avid skiers honeymooned in Mont Tremblant in the province of Quebec, Canada.

He attended Henry Ford Trade School and Wayne State University. He was a heavy truck engineer for Ford Motor Company and retired after more than 30 years.

Married for 61 years, he and his wife lived life to its fullest. Water skiers, sailors, scuba divers and hikers, they loved the beauty of lakes and the majesty of mountains. They traded skis for snowboards on the slopes of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. John Denver's "Rocky Mountain High" and "Take Me Home Country Roads" often were heard around the house. He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and flew RC planes as well as piloted his own. They were regulars at the EAA AirAdventure in Oshkosh, WI, every summer and loved to travel, especially back to their ancestry in Hungary.

Surviving Mr. Bacsanyi are his wife, Irene; daughters, Sandy (Dean) Coobac, Jessica (Creed) Tucker, Karla Bacsanyi and Kerri (Dr. William) Comai; nine grandchildren, Tim, Matt, Will, Taylor, Elliott, Annelise, Jackson, Margaret and Alex; and brother, fellow pilot and snowboarder, Tom (Karen) Bacsanyi; and nephew, T.J. Bacsanyi.

Mr. Bacsanyi's passion for flying and sharing this interest with others, especially younger generations, was well known. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the nonprofit Roscommon Area Pilots Association - EAA Chapter 1580, 5218 East Houghton Lake Dr., Houghton Lake, MI 48629, attention: Chris Plainte. 

Donations will be directed toward the Chapter's EAA Young Eagles program. Founded in 1992, the Young Eagles has dedicated almost 25 years to giving youths ages eight to 17 their first free ride in an airplane. It is the only program of its kind, with the sole mission to introduce and inspire the next generation in the world of aviation. 

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