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Paul Slezak

Paul “Paulie” Ben Slezak Jr., 69, of Ely, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy. Celebration of Life services took place 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids. Burial followed in Rogers Grove Cemetery near Ely.
Paul was born Nov. 7, 1945, in Ely, the son of Paul B. and Dorothy (Clark) Slezak Sr. He graduated from Cedar Rapids Prairie High School in 1963. Paul worked at Solon Implement, FMC Linkbelt Speeder, Reserve Supply Lumber Company, and at City of Cedar Rapids Bus Department as a mechanic, until his retirement in 2011. He married Bonnie Zbanek on Oct. 20, 2000, in Prairie du Chien, Wis. Paul was an avid outdoorsman, hunting, fishing, trapping, watching wildlife, gardening and driving the area inspecting farming operations. He enjoyed helping the area farmers with their tractor repairs at a moments notice, and treating a child to their first bag of M&M’s. The times spent having a cold one with his close friends at Odie’s, as well as being around his family were very important to him. 
Paulie is survived by his wife Bonnie; children Steven (Michelle) Slezak of Ely, Dawn (Matt) Thomas of Minot, N.D., and Bret Voss of Ely; five grandchildren, Benjamin and Ryan Slezak, Khrissi Cooper, Kimberly and Bailey Voss; siblings Dolores (Milton) Horak of Waterloo and Wayne (Judith) Slezak of Swisher; a brother-in-law Hank Bendorf of Shawnee, Kan., as well as his many nieces and nephews, and his beloved cat Feebee. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Amber Bendorf, and his nephew Brian Bendorf. Memorials may be directed to the family.