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Knuth, Harold Gustav

Harold Gustav Knuth, age 90, a resident of Manitowoc, peacefully entered eternal life on Tuesday, July 2, 2014 at his residence.

Harold was born on May 25, 1924 in Milwaukee to the late Arthur and Mathilda Totsch Knuth. He attended grade school at Holy Ghost Lutheran School in Milwaukee. Harold graduated as valedictorian of his class of 1941 at the age of 17 from Lutheran High School of Milwaukee. He continued his education at Milwaukee State Teachers College. Harold then enlisted in the United States Army, with the promise of a commission. He was sent to DePaul University for officer's training. Harold was severely injured while making a beachhead at Leyte Island in the Pacific. He was decorated with the Purple Heart and Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medals. Following his honorable discharge, Harold received his Masters of Education from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. On August 10, 1947, Harold married Anna E. Koch in Columbus, IN. He began his teaching career at Nassau Christian School in Mineola, NY from 1946 until 1955. Harold and his family then moved to Milwaukee to teach for MPSD in an inaugural class of boys with special needs. After retirement, he volunteered as a reading specialist at Gospel Lutheran School in Milwaukee. In 1994, the family moved to Manitowoc. Harold was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Survivors include Harold's wife of 67 years: Anna; four children: Linda (Brett) Hawkins, Whitefish Bay; Michael (Doris) Knuth, Chicago; Susan (Mark) Lukas, Manitowoc; and James (Marge) Knuth, Middleton; eight grandchildren: Stephen Knuth, Heather Durant, Joei Tribble, Tracy Lukas, Lauren Lukas, Katherine Lukas, Michael Lukas, Brett Hawkins Jr., and Jesse Cummings; seven great grandchildren; brother: Donald Knuth, Milwaukee; also other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 11, 2014 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1712 Menasha Avenue, Manitowoc. Rev. Zachary DeArmond will officiate and military rites will be accorded by V.F.W. Otto Oas Post 659 at the church immediately following the funeral service. Burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery. The family will greet relatives and friends at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Online condolences may be sent to

The Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home & Crematory, N. 11th and St. Clair streets, Manitowoc is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate any memorials to be sent to Redeemer Lutheran Church in Manitowoc.

Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter from July 6 to July 10, 2014
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