HARRISVILLE, NY ~ Herbert J. Kampnich, 91, of Meadowbrook Terrace Assisted Living Facility, Carthage, formerly of NYS Rt. 3, Harrisville, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, after being stricken earlier while shopping at a local store in Watertown.
Born February 16, 1922, in Croghan, a son of Laurence C. and Flora Campany Kampnich, he received his early education in the District 9 School in Gooville, and later at Fr. Leo Memorial School in Croghan, and Beaver Falls High School.
He married Catherine E. Kay Ford on May 4, 1963 in Croghan, NY. Mrs. Kampnich, his beloved wife of 46 years, died on June 7, 2009.
Mr. Kampnich was a heavy equipment operator for much of his life working on telephone line construction for Dan Sweeney and building logging roads for Kenny Lyndaker in his earlier years. In the 1950s, he became a member of the I.B.E.W. Local 1249 Union out of Syracuse, and worked as a heavy equipment operator for various contractors during the construction of large scale projects throughout New York State, including the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Following his retirement, he and Kay traveled extensively in his Mercedes throughout most of the continental United States including two separate trips to Alaska and two to Hawaii. In addition to traveling, he took pleasure in tapping trees and producing maple syrup for family and friends from his sugar house on Sugar Shack Rd., on Lake Bonaparte, and especially enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling with Kay in the Harrisville Co-Ed League.
He was a communicant of St. Francis Solanus Church in Harrisville. He was a member and Assistant Steward of Adirondack Grange #530 in Harrisville, having transferred there many years ago from the Kirschnerville Grange. He was also a member of the Harrisville Senior Citizens, was a former Board Director of Harris Courts, was a member of both the Massaweepee Club near Belfort, and the Mount Tom Club in Brantingham. A long-time member of the NYS Rifle & Pistol Association and National Rifle Association, he was recently bestowed with a very special plaque as an NRA Endowment Member, of which he was extremely proud.
Surviving are three step-sons and daughters-in-law, John A. Jack and Rose Ford, Oswegatchie, Robert W. and Patsy Ford, Harrisville, and Harold K. and Susan Ford, Neffs, PA; a step-daughter, Amy Lee Huff, Carthage; 16 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; a sister, Maryann Mooney, Castorland; two brothers, Louis Kampnich, Castorland, and Donald Kampnich, Croghan; and nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his beloved cat, Flora McCuin.
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by two brothers, John Kampnich, who died in 1995, and Bernard Kampnich, who died in 2011.
Herbs funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, beginning with an 11:15 a.m. Prayer Service at Scanlon Funeral Home, Harrisville, followed by a 12 Noon Mass of Christian Burial from St. Francis Solanus Church in Harrisville, with the Rev. Daniel L. Chapin, Pastor, officiating. Spring burial will be in Harrisville Community Cemetery, Harrisville.
Calling hours will also be on Tuesday, from 9 – 11:15 a.m. (preceding the Prayer Service) at the funeral home.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Meadowbrook Terrace Assisted Living Facility Activities Fund, 21957 Cole Rd., Carthage, NY 13619.
The entire Kampnich family and Ford family wishes to thank and express their sincere gratitude to all of the exceptional staff at Meadowbrook Terrace for the special care and many kindnesses shown to Herbert since he became a resident last July.
To view Herbs on-line obituary or to leave a message of sympathy, please visit www.scanlonfuneral.com.