Daniel Duke G. Hayduk

October 29, 1943April 1, 2014
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Daniel G Hayduk, age 70, passed away on April 1st after a battle with cancer. Loving father of Crystal Hayduk and Carrie (Matt) Kaminski. Proud grandfather of Calvin Daniel Kaminski. Loyal and dear friend to many. U.S. Air Force Veteran. Dedicated Browns fan and enthusiastic fisherman. VISITATION SATURDAY 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM with Funeral Service at 4:00 PM in the Corrigan Craciun Funeral Home 14768 Lorain Rd 216.251.7000. Private Interment at Western Reserve National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to Hospice of the Western Reserve online at or mail to17876 St Clair Ave Cleveland OH 44110. Online condolences at

Extra Information (not printed in the obituary, but important memories from the funeral and interment ceremony).

On April 5th, at the funeral home service, Dan's daughter Crystal read a poem that she found in her Dad's apartment. It was in a Cleveland Clinic Employee Binder, and she opened right to this page when first looking through the binder. It was called, "It Couldn't Be Done." It seemed very fitting to read this in Dan's honor because he believed you never knew what you could do unless you tried. A phrase Dan used was, "Ya gotta have a horse in the race, if you want a chance to win." If someone told Dan, "You can't," he sure wouldn't let that stop him from trying anything! It Couldn't Be Done, by Edgar A. Guest Somebody said that it couldn't be done. But he with a chuckle replied that "Maybe it couldn't," but he would be one who wouldn't say so til he'd tried. So he buckled right in, with the trace of a grin on his face. If he worried, he hid it. He started to sing as he tackled the thing that couldn't be done, and he did it. Somebody scoffed, "Oh, you'll never do that; At least no one ever has done it." But he took off his coat and he took off his hat. And the first thing we knew he'd begun it. With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin, without any doubting or quiddit, he started to sing as he tackled the thing that couldn't be done, and he did it. There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done. There are thousands to prophecy failure. There are thousands to point out to you, one by one, the dangers that wait to assail you. But just buckle in with a bit of a grin. Just take off your coat and go to it. Just start to sing as you tackle the thing that "cannot be done," and you'll do it.

On June 27th, during the interment ceremony at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, his daughter Caroline read aloud this poetic letter that she wrote to her Dad: Dad, When it is silent I hear you say, "Hey Care." When something is broken, I hear, "Daddy fix it." When I am sad, I hear your laugh and we watch Funniest Home Videos and laugh with you. When I feel overwhelmed I hear, "You don't know until you try." When I worry about being a good mother, I remember your words, "Teach Calvin to read and he can do anything. Teach him to swim so he won't drown." You did a good job Dad...we can read and we can swim. When I feel alone, I know you're right there with me. When I have cake, I sing, "Dad is great! He gives us chocolate cake!" When Calvin laughs before he falls asleep I know you have kissed him good night. When I worry about my son, I hear you say, "Yep, Calvin is gonna be alllllllright." When I think of you I smile and feel grateful you were my Dad and that you will live on, in us, forever. I love you always. Love ya bye, Caroline


  • Visitation and Short Service Saturday, April 5, 2014
  • Interment Friday, June 27, 2014

Daniel Duke G. Hayduk

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Frank Petro

May 6, 2017

Danny & I were close childhood friends from the first day we entered kindergarten at Mt Pleasant Elementary School at E. 116th & Union Ave.

As young teenagers, we and several friends hung around much of the time,on the large concrete area & steps in front of Mr. Nick's grocery store, on the corner of E.113th St. & Regalia Ave. a few doors from Danny's house. I lived nearby on E. 116th St. We played touch football in the street, baseball in the park nearby, and saw many Saturday matinee movies at Union Sq. theater.

I took over Danny's Plain Dealer route when I was 13 or 14. Then, followed him in his other little jobs over the next few years. First, as a pin setter at Union - E. 108th St. Bowling Alley. Then as the bench repair man at Forrest Vacuum Cleaner Repair (in Mr. Forrest's two-car garage) on E 91st near Union.
In the summer of 1959, when we were both 15, I remember we would ride our bikes to Garfield Park Swimming Pool where we met a couple of gals one of which became my 1st serious, long-term girlfriend.

He also helped me buy my fist car, and helped me learn to drive when we were 16 (Danny got his license a few months before me).

All along the way, we continued attending the same public schools (Nathan Hale Jr. High & John Adams Sr High), until Danny enlisted in the U.S. Air Force with Leo (can't remember his last name).

After that, we really lost touch with each other (four years away is a long time). I think the last time I saw Danny was some years later - at his Mother's wake, around 1970 or so.

He was a good friend to me growing up, and a Good Guy overall. I'm sorry we weren't able to keep in touch after that. But priorities like moving, marriage, new jobs, etc., complicate things sometimes.

bill good

April 8, 2014

thanks for the photo memories. that is such a nice way to remember someone. seeing Danny, his mom and dad brought me back immediately to how I remembered them when Danny and I were kids. It was a wonderful time. I remember Danny played the accordian quite well. I wish his family and friends all the best. Bill Good

Debra Huston-Coleman

April 7, 2014

To Dan's Daughters your dad will truly be missed.He was an wonderful person and co-worker,he share an birthday the same day as my granddaughter.I will always remember him.
may he Rest In Paradise..


Estelle & Bill Millard

April 5, 2014

Crystal, Carrie & Family,
We are so sorry to hear of Dan's passing. He and Pat and kids were such nice neighbors on Ramage Ave. I can remember walking to Dunham School for the art shows and concerts with Dan & Pat. He is in heaven now and no longer suffering. He'll be in our prayers. Remember your fond memories and they will last a lifetime.

Ron Ballas

April 5, 2014

Dan was a wise man and a good friend. Well Dan, I guess it's not going to be a long story after all. Rest in peace my friend, rest in peace. Môže ta anjeli viest do raja.

April 4, 2014

Dear Crystal, Carrie and family,
So sorry for the loss of your father. We will miss talking with him on the phone. Ron and Dan talked about serving in the Air Force at the same time.
Keep in touch. Love and Prayers, Ron and Judy Hayduk

April 4, 2014

Sorry for your loss & God Bless the Hayduk Family & Friends. Dan was a good man & Fun co-worker. His LOUD Boisterous laugh will be missed by ALL.-
The Enrique (Rick) Estremera Family

April 4, 2014

May God give you comfort during your time of sorrow.

Ron Csuhran

April 3, 2014

What a great man and a good friend. He will be sorely missed. Co worker at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

April 3, 2014

Crystal, Carrie, Matt and Calvin, we are sorry for your loss of a man with a huge welcoming smile and lively sense of humor. We know that the love you all have for each other will help in this time of sorrow. Our prayers are for you and your family.
Love and hugs,
Carol & Steve Buco