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William Kownack

Troy, NY – William D. Kownack, 56 of Troy returned home to the angels on Monday, September 10th at the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany.  Bill lived his life his way till the very end.

Born in Cohoes and raised in Rotterdam, Bill was the son of the late Robert & Edna (Walton) Kownack.  He was the much beloved husband of Peggy (Von Fricken) Kownack by whom he is survived.

Bill served proudly in the United States Army as a Power Generator Equipment Engineer.  He achieved the rank for Specialist 4, serving tours in Korea and Oklahoma.  Following his honorable discharge, he went into the trades and became a cabinetmaker most recently for Hutchins Woodworking. If you’ve been inside the courtroom at the Putman County Courthouse, walked into the Riverview Center in Menands or purchased a ticket at Proctor’s in Schenectady, you’ve seen his work.  He built furniture that became walls and will be remembered as a gifted artisan & tradesman.

In his younger years, Bill was an avid fisherman and spent many hours fishing in the Schoharie Creek.  He enjoyed golf and chased many a white ball around several area courses.  He was a lifelong lover of music and would often be heard singing along with his favorite tunes.  He was a friend to all animals and had an innate ability to interact with them.  A lifelong NY sports fan, Bill loved cheering on his Mets, Knicks & Giants.  He loved spending hours working on puzzles, sorting & separating pieces and never found a puzzle too challenging.

In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by his daughter Jenn Kownack, his step-son Christopher (Rachel) Cates, his brothers Robert (Rose) & Mark Kownack, his much cherished grandchildren Lukas, Lily & Levi Cates and his lifelong friends Randy Britton, Wayne Gravell & Paul Czajkowski.  He is also survived by several cousins.  He was predeceased by his brother SSG Terry W. Kownack.

Services are private & at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a contribution to the Patriot Guard Riders of NY, St. Jude's Children's Hospital or The Nature Conservancy in Bill's memory. Please visit www.mcloughlinmason.com.

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Dear Peggy: Beth and I send our deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved husband. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Christopher Maier Sep 18 2018 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss Peggy, you are in my thoughts and prayers. NABA

Gail Hessney Sep 17 2018 12:00 AM

Deepest condolences to the Kownack family and friends for the loss of your loved one William. Look forward to seeing God's Psalms 83:18 wonderful promise fulfilled for the loved ones we have lost in death a resurrection back to life very soon for the righteous and unrighteous right here on a brand-new Paradise Earth no more sickness pain or death Life Without End John 5: 28,29; Revelation 21: 1-5.

Sacramenta Landrum Sep 17 2018 12:00 AM

Peggy and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Though I dont recall ever meeting your husband, I do remember how happy in love you were when I last saw you many years ago. My heart breaks for you and you & your family ~ way to young and too soon. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. xoxo

Susan Connally Sep 14 2018 12:00 AM

Dear Peggy,I'm so sorry to hear about the lossof your husband, Bill. My heart goes out to you and your family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you journey through this hard season of your life.Lovingly, Therese Swota

Therese Swota Sep 14 2018 12:00 AM

I have stared into his eyes beer in hand and argued passionately the sky is blue while he stared back and argued the sky is green with equal passion and vigor. On the drop of a dime we would argue the others point of view until the sun came up or we ran out of beer. He was frustrating and obstinate and I loved him like a brother and I always will. He never failed to make me a better version of myself. Peace my brother.

Wayne Gravell Sep 13 2018 12:00 AM

Peggy and Family: On behalf of the membership I would like to offer our condolences on the passing of William. Be proud of his service to our country. You are in our thoughts and prayers.PJ HiggittCommanderVeterans of Lansingburgh

Paul J Higgitt Jr Sep 13 2018 12:00 AM