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August 13, 2013

John C. "Bud" McKown

John C. “Bud” McKown

FRANKLIN — John C. ‘Bud’ McKown, 91, of Franklin, passed away on Saturday, Aug.10, 2013, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital.

He was born on June 30, 1922, in Franklin, the son John P. and Hazel (Greene) McKown. He married Norma P. McNeilly on Sept. 19, 1942, in Franklin.

As a young man, Bud worked on his father’s farm in East Sidney. He joined the Army Corps of Engineers in 1957 and was the Head Dam Operator at the East Sidney Dam until his retirement in 1989.

Bud was an avid sports fan and enjoyed playing golf, bowling and cards, and following his favorite sports teams the Yankees and the Giants. He also enjoyed attending the sporting events of his grandchildren. Bud also enjoyed camping and a member of the Holiday Ramblers and went with them to Alaska and Canada. He was a longtime member of the Elks and Moose Lodges in Sidney and past president of the Ouleout Valley Cemetery.

Bud is survived by his wife, Norma of Franklin; his sister, Sandra Lown of Williston, Fla.; his children, Linda (McKown) and Ted Cole of Franklin, Keith and Pat McKown of Binghamton; seven grandchildren, Kristen (Cole) and Mike Morrison of Sunrise, Fla., Judson ‘Casey’ and Heidi Cole of Phoenix, Ariz., Jeremy and Julie McKown of Hoboken, N.J., JennieBeth McKown of Baltimore, Md., LacieLyn (McKown) and Matt Holleran of Callicoon Center, Keith and Kristie McKown of Binghamton, Staceylee (McKown) and Stanley Podhayski of Binghamton; 12 great-grandchildren, Ethan Morrison, Riley and Jaden Cole, Hudson McKown, Conner Dotson, Jakob, Gracyn and Lukas Holleran, Isabella and Natalia McKown and Marley and Kyra Podhayski.

Bud was predeceased by his brother, Donald C. ‘Doc’ McKown of Sidney, a brother-in-law, Richard Lown of Dunellon, Fla., and a sister-in-law, Ruth McKown.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 2, in the Ouleout Valley Cemetery, Franklin, with the Rev. John Hill, pastor of the Franklin United Methodist Church officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Delaware Valley Humane Society, 101 East Main St., Sidney, NY 13838 or the Franklin United Methodist Church, Main Street, Franklin, NY 13775.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting

Arrangements are by the Kenneth L. Bennett Funeral Home, Franklin.

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