Stanley Rusiniak, the owner of a trucking business that bore his name and also the developer of a mobile home park, died Thursday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a short illness. He was 87.
A lifelong resident of Cheektowaga, Mr. Rusiniak was a graduate of Losson Road School and was Navy veteran of World War II.
A petty officer 3rd Class, Mr. Rusiniak served in the Atlantic Theater as a "rocket boat" gunner. After suffering a back injury, he served out the remainder of his three-year term at the U.S. Navy's operating base in Bermuda.
After the war, he founded Stanley Rusiniak Trucking, a dump truck business specializing in soil and stone deliveries. Assisted by his wife of 62 years, the former Anne W. Kasza, Mr. Rusiniak expanded his business to include bulldozers and other heavy equipment. Mrs. Rusiniak died in 2005.
In the mid-1960s, the Rusiniaks developed Shady Acres mobile home park on Union Road in Cheektowaga, which the family continues to own and operate.
Mr. Rusiniak never contemplated retirement, according to his son, Tom.
"He felt he had to accomplish something every day," he said. "He really seemed to enjoy working."
He recalled how his father screened and delivered a load of topsoil just two weeks before his death.
Mr. Rusiniak also was a member of the Bradford, Pa., Loyal Order of Moose and the Limestone Sportsman's Club.
In addition to his son, survivors include two daughters, Mary Ann Merkwa and Susan Vanderlip.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Daniel R. Smolarek Funeral Home, 2510 Union Road, Cheektowaga.