John C. Kolanchick

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Kolanchick, John C. KNOX John C. Kolanchick passed away peacefully Monday, September 10, 2018. He was born on June 22, 1924 in Chicago, to William and Leona Kolanchick. He had a suburban childhood in Lagrange Park. When the war broke out he lied about his age and joined the Navy, becoming a quartermaster on a training submarine in the Atlantic. He completed college after the war at Michigan State, earning a degree in forestry. It was there that he met his future wife Eldalene Crawford. In the early '50s the recession limited jobs in forestry so the young family moved to Greenville, Maine where John worked as a lumberjack. Things worsened financially and in the process of moving back to Michigan, his first of many '42 Dodge army trucks broke down in Albany, N.Y. He befriended "Ben" who had a small garage at what is now the intersection of Routes 20 and 155. While working on the truck he answered an ad for a truck salesman at International Harvester, got the job, and moved the family to Ketchum Road in Knox. His childhood diary listed a goal of having a small farm and in 1960 the family moved to Point View Farm on 156 in Knox. He sold Trailmobile trailers after IH and then landed his dream job selling Mack trucks, where he stayed until retirement in the mid '90s. His family grew to six sons and he became the local Boy Scoutmaster of Troop 79. He prided himself in leading the troop on adventures, including winter camping and a small boat trip down the Hudson River through N.Y. Harbor to the Statue of Liberty. Through the years he exercised his passion for restoring World War II army vehicles including many trucks, a duck, Weasle track vehicles, and at one time, even an armed half track. He was featured on the Fox network series "Super Collectors." He was an avid member of the NY-Penn MVCC. He was predeceased by his wife Eldalene; sister Naomi Kolanchick; and three sons, Johnny Kolanchick, Brian Kolanchick, and Peter Kolanchick. He is survived by Paul Kolanchick of Knox, Mark Kolanchick of Knox, and Gary Kolanchick and his husband Patrick Golden of Kittery, Maine, as well as five grandchildren. Donations may be made to the Knox Volunteer Fire Department whose Auxiliary will host his memorial gathering at the firehouse Saturday, September 29, 5-7 p.m.
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Published in Albany Times Union on Sept. 16, 2018
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