John Harold Knouff

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SIDNEY - John Harold Knouff, 98, of 3003 W. Cisco Road, passed away at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at Dorothy Love Retirement Community.
He was born on Aug. 29, 1914, in Lockington, the son of the late Glen and Elsie (Polhamus) Knouff. In September 1939, he was first married to Clara Toland, who preceded him in death in July 1966. In September 1973, he was married to Doris Bumgardner, who preceded him in death in May 1995.
John is survived by one son, John Philip Knouff, and wife, Linda, of Sidney; one daughter, Joyce Knouff Newbold-Bradley, and husband, Carl, of Sidney; one grandson, Kevin Newbold, of Crescent Springs, Ky.; three great-grandchildren, Matthew Abbott, and wife, Ann, of Sidney, Erica Martin, and husband, Steve, of Texas, and Danielle Lovett, and husband, Allan, of Greenville; five great-great-grandchildren, Rylan Abbott, Rozlyn Abbott, Abby Martin, Kimberlyn Martin and Damien Martin; and two brothers, James Knouff, of Sidney, and Don Knouff, of Piqua.
He was preceded in death by one grandson, Brent John Knouff, three brothers and one sister.

Mr. Knouff was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Sidney. He worked as a machinist for 44 years and was retired from Monarch Machine Tool. He was also a lifelong dairy farmer. John loved sports, and especially liked watching Ohio State, Dayton Flyers and the Cincinnati Reds. He enjoyed bowling in the Bel-Mar Senior Bowling League, playing cards with friends and fellow members of the Senior Center, and pretty much anything to do with farming. He was a devoted father and grandfather, and loved spending time with his family and attending the grandchildren's various sporting events. John will always be remembered for his devotion to his family, and also his friends. He lived his life with honesty, integrity and fairness, and was deeply respected by all who knew him.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Cromes Funeral Home, 302 S. Main Ave., with the Rev. Chad Wilson officiating. Burial will be at Beechwood Cemetery in Lockington.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 11 a.m. until the hour of service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sidney First Church of the Nazarene in memory of John Harold Knouff. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed to the Knouff family at

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Sidney, OH 45365
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Published in Sidney Daily News on Feb. 14, 2013