A. Max Knestrick, 90, of Washington, formerly of Amity, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, in his home.
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He was born July 22, 1924, in Lone Pine, a son of Arthur Moninger Knestrick and Freeda Miller Knestrick.
Mr. Knestrick attended Amity Grade School and Trinity High School. In 2002, he was awarded his high school diploma at a graduation ceremony held for World War II veterans in Trinity High School.
While in high school, he worked after school at Autenreith dollar store and was employed at Hazel Atlas Plant No. 1 for a short time after his military service. He later joined Plasters Local 31 (60 year member). He worked for Easley and Rivers Inc. in Pittsburgh.
Mr. Knestrick joined the Coast Guard and was a WWII veteran, serving in the Atlantic in Corsair fleet and in the Pacific aboard the USS Sheliak as a third class petty officer. He was a recipient of the American Theater Campaign Medal, Asia-Pacific Theater Campaign Medal, a Bronze Star, WWII Victory Medal, Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal and Combat Action Ribbon. He was in the Okinawa invasion.
He was a member of Lower Ten Mile Presbyterian Church, where he was an elder and sang in the church choir. He was on the board of the cemetery association for many years.
Mr. Knestrick also was a member of Elks Lodge 776, American Legion Post 175, Anawanna Hunting and Fishing Club, Sinnemahoning Hunting and Fishing Club and Washington County Historical Society.
In 1945, he married Mary Orbin. They made their home in Pittsburgh.
Surviving are two daughters, Jill Knestrick (Eugene) Temel and Beth Knestrick (Daniel) Markiewitz; a grandson, Dr. Ryan (Crystal) Temel of Lexington, Ky.; a granddaughter, Erin (Jerod) Buckley of San Jose, Calif.; a great-grandson, Hayden Temel; and a sister, M. Jane Knestrick Walsh of Waynesboro, Va.
On September 30, 1989, he married Doris S. "Debbie" Knestrick, who survives.
Also surviving are stepchildren George (Vicki) Sisul of Meadville, Donald Sisul of Washington and Debra Sisul (Jeff) Cordy of Jeffersonton, Va.; stepgrandchildren Ellie Sisul (Chuck) Church and Bekah Sisul (Michael) Young, John Bard Sisul, Jan Henry Cole, James Donald Sisul, Patrick A. Sisul, Elizabeth Sisul (Daniel) Sagan, Jesse (Marie) Cordy, Rachel Cordy (Jason) Ricci, Benjamin (Amy) Cordy, Joshua (Ashley) Cordy, Victoria Cordy and Valerie Cordy; and stepgreatgrandchildren Olivia and Drew Sisul, A.J., Maddie, Emma Kate and Avery Church, Indiana Cordy and Eden Lilie Young.
Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Nichol Funeral Home, 1873 East Maiden Street, Washington, PA 15301. Additional visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m., the time of funeral service, Thursday, July 31, in Amity Presbyterian Church, 653 Amity Ridge Road, Amity, PA 15311. Interment will follow in Amity Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Full military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 175 of Washington.
A guest book may be signed at http://www.nicholfuneralhome.com/.
Nichol Funeral Homes
1873 E Maiden St Washington, PA 15301
Published in Observer-Reporter from July 28 to July 29, 2014