Walter W. Kopryanski, retail store manager for Kleinhans Co. and later Champion Products, died Saturday in Ridgeview Manor Nursing Home, South Buffalo, after a long illness. He was 89.
Born in Minneapolis, he came to Buffalo in 1925 and lived on the East Side for most of his early life.
He was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937 and 1938, serving as a teenage conservationist and laborer near Attica, before becoming a shoe salesman with Brockton Shoe Co.
He enlisted in the Army and served as a medic from 1942 to 1945 in Iran, Iraq and India.
Mr. Kopryanski was hired as a floor salesman with Kleinhans, and in the 1960s he became manager of the Thruway Plaza store, a post he held until 1974, when he became manager of a new Champion Factory Outlet Store in Transitowne Plaza in Clarence.
He retired in 1985.
Survivors include a son, Gery A. of Buffalo.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday in St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 1140 Abbott Road.