MONROEVILLE – Joseph A. Knecht, 93, of Monroeville, died peacefully on Friday, March 21, 2014, at his residence.
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He was born on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1920, in Hartford City the son of the late William E. Knecht and the late Leona J. (Andre) Knecht.
Joseph married Lula Mae Cain on August 1, 1953, and she passed away on December 4, 1958. On June 18, 1960, he married Monica R. (Lomont) Giant, and she survives.
He served in the United States Army Air Corp from 1942 to 1945 during World War II.
Joseph was a member of St. Louis Besancon Catholic Church, New Haven, and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Monroeville, and a former member of Electric League of Indiana and Sertoma Club, Fort Wayne.
He retired as vice president of A. Hattersley & Son, Fort Wayne, after 31 years of employment.
Surviving are his wife, Monica R. Giant Knecht, of Monroeville; five daughters, Amy J. (nee Giant) (Merle) Hunsaker, of Norman, Ark., Mary M. (nee Giant) (Ted) Cannell, of Norman, Ark., Kristine S. (Mick) Meiners, of Indianapolis, Rita K. (Andy) Bowers, of Indianapolis, and Kathryn R. (Tom Tyner) Knecht, of Williams; four sons, Edward J. Giant of, Hawaii, Joseph A. (Jill) Knecht II, of Canfield, Ohio, Thomas E. Knecht, of Fort Wayne, and John W. (Jill) Knecht, of Noblesville; 20 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.
Preceding Joseph in death were an infant daughter, Kitty Ann Knecht, one daughter, Ann T. (nee Giant) Kleban, three brothers, Russell V. Knecht, Robert F. Knecht and William S. Knecht, and three sisters, Marie E. Ravaux, Wilma A. Lord and Bertha B. Monfort.
A Memorial Mass will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in St. Louis Besancon Catholic Church, 15535 Lincoln Highway East, New Haven, with calling celebrating his life one hour prior. Interment will follow in St. Louis Besancon Catholic Cemetery, New Haven, with military graveside rites to be conducted by American Legion Post #420, Monroeville.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to St. Louis Church Building Fund, 15535 Lincoln Highway East, New Haven, IN 46774, St. Louis Academy Tuition Fund, 15529 Lincoln Highway East, New Haven, IN 46774 or the donor's choice.
Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, 520 N. Second St., Decatur, is in charge of funeral arrangements.
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Published in Hartford City News Times from Mar. 25 to Apr. 1, 2014