Ned L. Knarr, 87, of Mount Carmel and prior to that of Helfenstein died Friday, April 12, 2013 at Mountain View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Coal Township.
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Born Friday, October 30, 1925 in Gowen City, he was a son of the late Daniel and Helen Irene (Miller) Knarr. He graduated from Shamokin High School and upon graduation enlisted with the US Army.
While enlisted he served in the European Theater and was a Member of the Second Division 23rd Infantry Regiment, Company B, during WWII. He was involved in three major campaigns, the Battle of the Bulge, the Ludendorf Bridge and Taking of Berlin. During his service Ned was a BAR man and fought in Belgium, Germany, France, Luxemburg and Czechoslovakia. He received numerous medals and among them were, American Theater Bronze Star, Purple Heart and French Belgium Re DE Goerre Victory Medal.
Ned graduated in 1951 from Bloomsburg State College with a BS in Elementary Education and taught from 1952-1972 at Middletown Delaware School District. He fondly reminisced about his teaching at Middletown and recalled many of his former students by name. While in Delaware he was the Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 94 and was also the Baseball Coach and Assistant Football coach at Middletown High School.
Upon retirement he returned to Helfenstein where he led an idyllic simple life. He enjoyed hunting, gardening and hiking. Ned was a member of the former Methodist Church in Helfenstein and upon its closing joined St. Paul's Reformed UCC Church in Gowen City. He was a member of the Mount Carmel VFW Post 2110, the American Legion and DAV, and was active with various local veterans associations in Mount Carmel.
He is survived by one aunt, Irene Miller of Helfenstein and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Byron D. Knarr.
His memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 3 p.m. at St. Paul's Reformed UCC, Gowen City with Pastor David Butler officiating. Interment will follow in St. Paul's Reformed UCC Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Ned's name may be made to the donor's local veteran association.
The Stephen R. Rothermel Funeral Home, Klingerstown, has charge of the arrangements. To sign the online guest book please visit www.srrfh.com.
Published in The News Item on Apr. 25, 2013