Niagara Gazette

Obituaries

May 15, 2013

William S. Kankolenski

LITTLE VALLEY — William S. Kankolenski, of  Little Valley, NY,  passed away on Monday, May 13, 2013.

He was born in Niagara Falls, NY on October 17, 1957, a son of William P. and Mary S. (Gourlay)   Kankolenski of Lewiston, NY.

Bill graduated from Trott Vocational High School and from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI, with his Bachelor of Science degree in Land Surveying. He served with the US Air Force, from 1976 until 1980; and the MO National Guard in 1985.

Bill was a successful professional land surveyor for 32 years. He was currently working with the Cattaraugus County Department of Public Works. He was a licensed surveyor in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and New York.

Bill was an Adjunct Professor in Land Surveying at Washington University, the University of  Missouri - Rolla and at St. Louis Community College, all in Missouri.

Bill was a member of the Missouri State Board of Architects, Engineers and Land Surveyors and with the N.C.E.E.S., where he helped prepare participants in the testing to become a surveyor. He served as President of the MSPS and as the Governor for Missouri of  the  American Congress on Surveying and Mapping with the National Society of Professional Surveyors; as well as a member of many other surveying organizations. He was a licensed Cessna pilot and real estate agent.

Bill loved spending time with his family and grandchildren at the family hunting camp  "Sleepy Hollow" and on the family cattle ranch back in Missouri. He was an outdoors man who enjoyed hunting, fishing, skiing and golfing. Bill was an avid Buffalo Bills fan and attended the NFL Hall of Fame induction of Jim Kelly with his sons. He attended every football game that his sons had played during high school and college.     

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 10 years, Belinda G. (Chapman)       Kankolenski; his children, Jeffrey S. Kankolenski of St. Charles, MO,  Tyson J. Kankolenski of Overland Park, KS, Jonathan M. Kankolenski of St. Charles, MO, Kelly A. Kankolenski of St. Louis, MO, Matthew O. (Ashley)  McCarter of Rolla, MO and Amanda L. Hensley of Salem, MO; Pap-pa of Mackenzie, Wyatt, Brenden, Daniel, Dylan and Lucas; two brothers, John K. and James D. Kankolenski; one sister, Donna J. (Larry) Capatosto. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

The family will be present on Friday from  2-4 & 7-9 PM, at the RHONEY FUNERAL HOME, 901 Cayuga Street, LEWISTON, NY, where funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10:00 AM,  with the  Rev. Michael P. Zuffelotto officiating. Interment with military honors in  Holy Trinity Cemetery, Lewiston, NY.

Visit www.rhoneyfuneralhome.com for guest register.

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