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William Joseph "Bill" Podany

October 26, 2017
William Joseph "Bill" Podany
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William Joseph “Bill” Podany, age 71, of Knoxville, Tennessee, passed away October 26, 2017. Son of Joseph Podany and Evelyn Podany. Bill and the love of his life, wife, Judith (Bishop) Podany were married for 47 years and lived in various cities across the nation including Los Angeles, California, Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Richmond, Virginia. He attended college at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities from 1964-1968 where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication and Journalism. Bill enjoyed a stellar career as a Retail Executive rising to the rank of President-CEO and Chairman of Shopko Stores, Inc. before his retirement in 2002. He was truly an inspirational leader and mentor to so many of his friends and colleagues and won numerous awards throughout his career including being named Retail Executive of the Year. Bill was always an entertainer. He loved to make people laugh and feel good starting at a young age where he performed as a variety entertainer riding a unicycle while playing the accordion. He was a connoisseur of fine arts and an avid classic car collector where he could often be seen in his garage detailing one of his beautiful cars in preparation for the next car show. Bill loved to go for rides on his Harley Davidson with his lovely wife Judy and close friends whether it as a shot leisurely trip after work or a long road trip across the country. He loved dogs and along with his wife, Judy, would rescue them and bring them into their lives to give them a forever home. Bill is survived by his wife, Judy, his sister, Carolyn (Podany) Walter and beloved dogs, Willie and Gracie. Bill’s witty conversations, his love for storytelling and that unmistakable laugh will be missed by all that knew and loved him. A private Celebration of Life was held on December 16 for invited guests. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, or your local Humane Society. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the Podany family.

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