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Michael Bukta - 89

5/18/1929 - 9/5/2018

Clinton, IA

     Mihaly “Michael” Bukta, age 89, of Clinton, Iowa passed away peacefully in his sleep Wednesday September 5th at the Alverno Health Center.  His family was present as he made his journey to heaven. A mass will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. Monday September 10th at Prince of Peace Parish with a lunch to follow. Visitation is Sunday from 3-7 at Pape Funeral Home.

     Mike was born May 18, 1929 in the village of Hahot, Hungary. One of 10 children Mike and his family struggled to survive during the Depression. At 14 Mike was forcibly drafted into the Hungarian army to fight during World War II.  He served as a prisoner of war of Allied Forces. In 1945 when the war ended he returned home. Peace didn’t last.
In October 1956 Mike again found himself in war when he joined the Hungarian Revolution as a Freedom Fighter against Soviet rule. The Soviet Union soon crushed the rebellion, Mike fled and sought asylum in Canada.  In 1967 he moved to Clinton, Iowa where he met his wife Polly.  They made Clinton their home and raised 2 sons, Paul and Aaron.

     Mike was a pipefitter with Local 25 in Rock Island and a longtime member of Prince of Peace Parish. He enjoyed farming, hunting, and watching sports.  He will be remembered for his strong work ethic

     Mike is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary “Polly” Bukta, sons Paul (Michelle) and Aaron (Shannon), seven grandchildren, Ronan, Julia, MaryJane, Katherine, Hope, Talulla and Ruby and his sisters, Jolanda, Elizabeth, Katherine and Veronika. He was preceded in death by 3 sisters and a brother.  Memorials can be made to Mercy Hospice of Clinton, Iowa. 



Visitation is Sunday from 3-7 at Pape Funeral Home.


A mass will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. Monday September 10th at Prince of Peace Parish with a lunch to follow.


  • Keith and Phyllis Jensen

    on 09/07/18

    So sorry for your loss of Michael

  • Bill Newswander

    on 09/09/18

    I enjoyed working with Mike at the QCNPP for several years. He was a great guy. I’m sorry for your family’s loss. 


  • Curtis Smith

    on 09/13/18

    I knew Mike while working at the Quad Cities Nuclear plant. I was an Exelon quality control man and would frequently inspect Mike's finished welds. He was first and foremost a Craftsman and very professional in doing his work. The world will miss a man like Mike. R. I. P.
  • Jami Meyer

    on 09/14/18

    I am so sorry to hear this. He was a great man. I will never forget when I was younger he would call the house and ask for my dad, of course he was never home, and I took messages for him. It was always nice to speak with him. May God bless you, Polly. Thoughts and prayers to you.

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