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JOSEPH A. KNECHT, 93, of Monroeville, died 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, 2014 at his residence. He was born Nov. 23, 1920 in Hartford City, a son of the late William E. Knecht and Leona J. (Andre) Knecht. He served his country in the United States Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945 during World War II. He married Lula Mae Cain on Aug. 1, 1953 and she passed away on Dec. 4, 1958. On June 18, 1960, he married Monica R. (Lomont) Giant and she survives. He was a member of St. Louis Besancon Catholic Church, the V.F.W. in Monroeville, and a former member of the Indiana Electric League and Sertoma Club in Fort Wayne. Joseph retired as Vice President of A. Hattersley & Son of Fort Wayne, after 31 years of service. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Monica R. Giant Knecht of Monroeville; daughter, Amy J. (nee Giant) (Merle) Hunsaker of Norman, Ark.; son, Edward J. Giant of Hawaii; daughter, Mary M. (nee Giant) (Ted) Cannell of Norman, Ark.; son, Joseph A. (Jill) Knecht, II of Canfield, Ohio; son, Thomas E. Knecht of Fort Wayne; daughter, Kristine S. (Mick) Meiners of Indianapolis; son, John W. (Jill) Knecht of Noblesville; daughter, Rita K. (Andy) Bowers of Indianapolis; daughter, Kathryn R. (Tom Tyner) Knecht of Williams; 20 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by infant daughter, Kitty Ann Knecht; daughter, Ann T. (nee Giant) Kleban; three brothers, Russell V., Robert F., and William S. Knecht; and three sisters, Marie E. Ravaux, Wilma A. Lord, and Bertha B. Monfort. Memorial Mass is 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at St. Louis Besancon Catholic Church, with calling one hour prior. Father Stephen Colchin officiating. Burial at St. Louis Besancon Catholic Cemetery with Military Graveside Services to be conducted by the American Legion Post #420 of Monroeville. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to St. Louis Church Building Fund, St. Louis Academy Tuition Fund, or the donor's choice. For complete obituary information and to sign the online guestbook, visit
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Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Jacobs Chapel - Monroeville
111 South Water Street  Monroeville, IN 46773
(260) 623-3279
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Mar. 24, 2014
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