John Paul "Grower" Knash Jr., 75, of Honesdale, died Monday at Wayne Memorial Hospital.
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Born Sept. 9, 1937, in Carbondale, son of the late John Sr. and Elizabeth Zerchak Knash, he graduated from Honesdale Catholic High School and was an Army veteran.
John began working in the family greenhouse and flower shop at a very young age during his school years and eventually became co-owner of Honesdale Greenhouses and Flower Shop.
In 1962, he was drafted into the Army and was stationed in Korea. He received an honorable discharge and returned home to run the family business.
Grower's passion and love had always been for his greenhouses full of flowers, and included hosting the Grower John Knash weekly radio show for years to share his knowledge with the community.
He was a member of the Honesdale Area Jaycees, Honesdale Fraternal Order of Eagles and St. John the Evangelist Parish in Honesdale. Due to his own personal health issues, he was involved with the Annual Grower John Community CPR Training that was held for many years.
Surviving are a daughter, Kimberly Kiegler and husband, John, Slatington, Pa.; grandchildren, Devin and Courtney Kiegler; sisters, Marion Kimble and husband, Don, Newton, N.J.; Margaret Kelly and husband, Robert, Connecticut; Carolyn Reinhart and husband, Montgomery "Monty," Chalfont, Pa.; and Elizabeth Carmody and husband, Steve, Honesdale; many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by brothers, James "Weasel" Knash and Robert Knash; and sister, Helen McGinnis.
As per his request, cremation will be held and private interment will be in St. John's Cemetery, Honesdale. Arrangements by Hessling Funeral Home Inc., 428 Main St., Honesdale. Condolences: www.hes slingfuneralhome.com.
Memorial contributions can be made to
, www.heart.org or Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, www.ccfa.org.
Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 24, 2013