John Paul "Grower" Knash Jr.(1937 - 2013)

John Paul "Grower" Knash, Jr., 75 of Honesdale, died Monday, January 21, 2013 at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Born September 9, 1937 in Carbondale, he was the son of the late John Sr. and Elizabeth Zerchak Knash.

He graduated from Honesdale Catholic High School and was a US 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 in to the US Army and was stationed in Korea.

He received an honorable discharge and returned home to run the family business.

Grower's passion and love has always been for his greenhouses full of flowers and included hosting for years the Grower John Knash weekly radio show 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 issue he was involved with the Annual Grower John Community CPR Training that was held for many years.

Surviving is his daughter Kimberly Kiegler and husband John of Slatington, PA; grandchildren Devin and Courtney Kiegler; his sisters Marion Kimble and husband Don of Newton, NJ, Margaret Kelly and husband Robert of CT, Carolyn Reinhart and husband Montgomery (Monty) of Chalfont, PA and Elizabeth Carmody and husband Steve of Honesdale; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brothers James (Weasel) Knash and Robert Knash and his 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.hesslingfuneralhome.com.

Memorial contributions can be made to , www.heart.org or Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, www.ccfa.org.

Funeral Home

Hessling Funeral Home
428 Main Street Honesdale, PA 18431
(570) 253-1190

Published in Wayne Independent on Jan. 24, 2013