Leslie Jean Knackstedt

1925 - 2019 Obituary Condolences
Leslie Jean Knackstedt Obituary

February 23, 1925 - March 29, 2019

Dad went home to be with the Lord March 29th. He was born in Lyons, KA then moved to Fayetteville, AR his senior year of high school. He served in the US Navy as part of the Sea Bees during WWII in the Pacific Islands. After being honorably discharged, he came home to marry Gayle Marie "Phillips" Knackstedt. They were married 59 years.

They moved to Bakersfield, CA in 1954 and remained there for 30 years until their retirement in Rogers, AR in 1986. After Gayle's passing, he remarried Edith Pack in 2013 until her passing in 2017.

Dad was employed in the air conditioning trade for 40 years. He was a life-long member of First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Bakersfield and Rogers. Dad was a 32° Mason, participated in the Shriners, and volunteered in the Coast Guard Auxiliary at Beaver Lake in AR.

Although Dad always showed a tough exterior, he was loving and kind hearted. His family will always remember his sense of humor, hard work ethic, and love for wine.

Dad is survived by his son, Gary and his wife Christine of Stockton, CA; and his daughter, Karen Davis and her husband Larry of Bakersfield, CA. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank his caregivers: Maylin, Elvie, Rolando, Marilyn, & Jumy as well as his Hospice nurses Mary Ann & Christine.

A military honor service will be held April 29th at the Fayetteville National Cemetery in AR. Donations may be made to Hoffman Hospice or the Shriners' Hospital in his memory.

Published in Bakersfield Californian on Apr. 14, 2019
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