Kevin Chudyk, an auxiliary equipment veteran, died Sept. 28, after a battle with cancer. He was 62.
Chudyk, of Jackson Center, Ohio, died at the Lima Memorial Hospital in Lima, Ohio.
Chudyk worked in the plastics industry for more than 40 years, starting at his father's business, MKM, a tooling company that made plasticating components. It was later sold to EMI Corp.
In 1993, he joined auxiliary equipment maker AEC Inc., and when he left in 2009 he was vice president of sales and marketing for the renamed ACS Group.
For the last eight years, Chudyk was sales manager of Shini USA, the plastics division of Budzar Industries Inc. in Willoughby, Ohio. Budzar manufactures heaters, chillers and temperature control equipment. Shini Plastics Technologies Inc. is a Taiwanese auxiliary equipment maker.
"Kevin was integral to the success of Shini USA. He will be genuinely missed both for his knowledge and his friendship," said Budzar President David F. Young.
Before starting his career in plastics, Chudyk worked as a salvage diver. Budzar officials said he enjoyed showing off his treasures and telling his adventure stories. He loved music, food, scuba diving, cooking and spending time with his family and friends.
A funeral service took place Oct. 1 at Jackson Center United Methodist Church.
Chudyk is survived by his wife, Dawn, sons Kevin Jr. and Tony, grandchildren Austin and Rowan, and his brothers, George and Peter.