Donald W. Champney, 86, Potsdam
Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 5:00 pm

POTSDAM -- Funeral Services for 86-year-old Donald W. Champney will be held on Monday, September 18 at 4 p.m. at the Garner Funeral Service with Rev. Lee Sweeney celebrant.

Friends may call at the Garner Funeral Service on Monday from 1 - 4 p.m. with memorial service immediately following at 4 p.m.  

Burial will be at Bayside Cemetery in Potsdam.

Donald passed away Friday, September 15, 2017, at Canton Potsdam Hospital, following a brief illness.  

He was born October 13, 1930 to Kenneth and Leah Dygert Champney.  

A graduate of Potsdam Central School, Don enlisted in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict, attended the Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and repaired jet aircraft engines at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.  After his honorable discharge, he worked at Clarkson College and later  for the Village of Potsdam, retiring after 20 years, as a groundsman, as well as repairing water meters and parking meters.  

He married Carol Berger on November 16, 1957, in Rensselaer Falls, NY, and they made their home on the Old Parishville Road in a house that they built themselves.  

The couple ran Champney’s Greenhouse in the 1960’s and later Don turned his interest to beekeeping, selling beekeeping supplies as well as honey for many years.  He was an avid gardener, as well as a skilled woodworker.  

Don is survived by his wife, Carol; his daughter, Kathryn (Mark) Mulkin; twin grandchildren, Megan and Matthew (Emma) Mulkin; and two great-grandchildren, Blake and Charlotte.  

He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers, Leslie and Douglas; and a sister, Gwendolyn.

Contributions in his memory can be made to the Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad, Hospice and Palliative Care of the St. Lawrence Valley or to the Potsdam Humane Society.

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The family would like to thank the nursing staff on the second floor at Canton Potsdam Hospital for their outstanding care and compassion for Don and his family during his illness.

Drive her slow, Dad!