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Walter W. Kopryanski, Kleinhans store manager <br> August 6, 1920 -- March 20, 2010

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.


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