Doris Knouff

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HOUSTON — Doris "June" (Durnell) Knouff, 84, of Houston, passed away peacefully at 6:35 p.m. on Feb. 12, 2014.

She was born on Sept. 5, 1929, at home in Miami County, Piqua, to the late Lewis F. and Anna (Hetzler) Durnell. She married Charles Lester Knouff on Jan. 11, 1947, in Campbell County, Covington, Ky. They shared 67 years of marriage together. Charles survives in Houston.

Also surviving is one son, Charles Thomas Knouff, and wife, Gail, of Houston; two daughters, Joyce "Joy" Louise Zircher, and husband, Bernard, of Fort Loramie, and Susan "Sue" Viann Slife, of Fort Loramie; grandchildren, Christopher T. Knouff (Kelly), of Anna, Craig L. Knouff (Teresa), of Houston, Timothy D. Knouff (Krista), of Arkansas, Andrea J. (Knouff) Ziegler (John), of Maria Stein, Michelle D. (Monnier) Sherman (Steven), of Yorkshire, Nicholas L. Zircher (Sara), of Fort Loramie, Brian N. Zircher, of Washington, Kevin P. Zircher (Marcella), of Sidney, Matthew J. Zircher, of Sidney, Jeffrey L. Slife (Carole), of Celina, Janelle S. (Slife) Barga (Sheldon), of Versailles; 24 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Norma (Short) Durnell, of Sidney, Frances (Knouff) Durnell, of Piqua; brother-in-law, Johnny Knouff, of Celina; and numerous nieces and nephews.

June was preceded in death by her parents; twin sister, Helen Joyce Durnell; brothers, Robert Durnell and Eugene Durnell; and son-in-law, John L. Slife.

June graduated from Houston High School in 1965. She worked in the office at French Oil Machinery, Piqua, from 1966-1972. In 1972, she and her husband, Charles, began Knouff Excavating in Houston and she worked with him until 2001. In 2001, until 2007, June worked at Walmart in Sidney as the telephone operator and fitting room attendant.

June has been a member of the Houston Congregational Christian Church, Houston, since 1946. She was a charter member of the Shelby County Genealogy Society, charter member of Houston Rescue Squad and Fire Department, and a member of the Piqua Square Dancers in Miami County. June enjoyed reading, gardening, gambling and genealogy. She especially enjoyed time spent with her family and friends. All that knew her were touched by her gentle, kind and loving nature. She will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., at the Houston CC Church, Houston, with Pastors Greg Morrow and James Manuel officiating. Burial will take place following services at the Houston Cemetery, Houston.

Friends and family may call from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road, Sidney.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Houston Congregational Church in D. June's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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Published in Sidney Daily News from Feb. 14 to Feb. 15, 2014