H. Allen Kolpien, formerly of Westfield, NY, died on Friday, August 30, 2013, at the Abbey Delray South Health Center, Delray Beach, FL. He was born in Westfield, NY on May 23, 1918, the son of Harold E. Kolpien and Carolyn H. Kolpien. He graduated from Westfield Academy and Central School, and Bryant and Stratton Business Institute of Buffalo, NY.
Kolpien served in the Corps of Engineers during World War II, serving in the European and Pacific Theatre of Operations from 1941-1946.
He owned and operated the Kolpien Bookkeeping and Tax Service in Westfield, NY for 10 years and retired from Chautauqua Telephone Corp. following 23 years of service where he became Corporate Treasurer and a member of the Board.
H. Allen Kolpien
Mr. Kolpien served the Town of Westfield as Town Clerk for 10 years. He was a member of Summit Lodge No. 219 Free and Accepted Masons of Westfield where he served as Master in 1959.
As a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Westfield, NY, for 62 years, he served as Treasurer, Deacon, Elder, Clerk of Session and Trustee, as well as a member of the choir for many years. He was a long-time member of the Westfield-Maryville Rotary Club since 1958 when he served as Treasurer, and was also a member of the Board and a Paul Harris Fellow.
Mr. Kolpien served on the Board of the Patterson Library and served as Secretary of the Westfield Hospital Board of Directors.
He was a member of various dance orchestras playing the clarinet and saxophone. While a resident of Florida, he was a member of the Gold Coast Band. He was a devoted member of the Chautauqua Institution Choir for more than 40 years. Mr. Kolpien was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church Choir of Delray Beach, FL for 13 years.
Mr. Kolpien is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary Ann Noble Hopson Kolpien, whom he married on May 17, 1947 at Orchard Lake, MI; a son, Barry Noble Kolpien of Redlands, CA; a daughter, Mrs. Beth Ann Gourley (Richard) of Gilbert, AZ; four grandchildren and two great granddaughters.
Services at the convenience of the family are pending. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001) or First Presbyterian Church (49 Portage Road, Westfield, NY 14787).