CASTORLAND, NY ~ Louis H. Kampnich, 90, of 6785 Old State Road, Castorland, died very unexpectedly on Saturday morning April 5, 2014 at his residence.
Louis was born on March 1, 1925 in the Town of Croghan, NY, a son of Lawrence and Flora Campany Kampnich. A lifelong resident of the area, he attended the Monnat School and Fr. Leo Memorial School in Croghan.
On April 30, 1949, he married Joanne R. Pominville at St. Stephen’s Church in Croghan with the Rev. Amadeus Burke, OFM, officiating. Joanne died on Thursday, March 21, 2002.
Louis was always a very hardworking man and started his career as a laborer on the Jake and Katie Moser Farm. He then worked for 2 years with Clarence Strife Logging in Lake Placid, followed by working for the Beaver Falls Paper Company, and then was a carpenter with Lehman and Zehr, building houses in the Croghan area.
In 1953, he was worked for Ernest Gardner installing Patz Farm Equipment and he then purchased his own dairy farm on Knowlesville Road in the Town of Pamelia. He and his wife raised their loving family there and operated the farm from 1953 to 1997. Upon retirement he then owned and operated the Lonesome Pine Whitetail Deer Preserve in Croghan.
An active community member, he was a member of the Pamelia Fire Department from 1966 to 1987. He also served on the Pamelia Town Council from 1968 to 1980, and was a member of the Eastern Milk Producer’s Co-Op.
Louie was well known for driving his 1914 Brass Model T in area parades. He also loved to restore hit and miss gasoline engines and tractors.
An avid outdoorsman, he loved snowmobiling, 4 wheeling and hiking with his family. His love for hunting and fishing brought him to membership in the Massaweepie Hunting Club, Jake’s Pond Hunting Club and the Martin Brook Hunting Club. He never turned down a hunting or fishing trip with his family or friends.
The most important aspect of his life was his loving family, especially spending time with all of them during holidays. He will be dearly missed by those who survive him which include his 11 children; Joseph and Linda Kampnich of Evans Mills, Stanley and Nadine Kampnich of Croghan, Cheryl and Ronald Hogan of Dexter, Gwen and Bruce Call of Pamelia, Vicki and Jack Thompson of Clayton, Christopher and Monica Kampnich of Pamelia, Brian and Trina Kampnich of Pamelia, Andrew and Melinda Kampnich of Pamelia, Steven and Kim Kampnich of Pamelia, Daniel and Wendy Kampnich of Croghan and Janella and Wayne Eamer of Pamelia; 65 grandchildren; 102 great grandchildren; a brother Donald Kampnich, of Croghan, and a sister, Maryann Mooney of Castorland, and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, his wife, two sons, Frederick, who died in 1979, and Benjamin, who died in 1988, two grandsons, James and Jeremy, and three brothers, John Kampnich who died in 1996, Bernard Kampnich, who died in 2011, and Herbert Kampnich, who died in January, 2014.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 noon on Thursday, April 10, 2014, from St. Stephens Church, Croghan, with Rev. Daniel L. Chapin, Pastor, officiating. Spring Burial will be made in Calvary Cemetery, Watertown. Calling hours will be held from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9th, at Scanlon Funeral Home, 9791 Main St. Croghan, Memorial Contributions in his memory may be made to St. Stephen’s Church, 9748 Main St., Croghan, NY 13327
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