Wayne Knisley

Durango, Colorado

1927 - 2018


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Wayne Knisley recently passed away at Mercy Hospital, he was 91. The eldest of 3 brothers, he was born to Roy and Opal Knisley in South Charleston, Ohio on August 11, 1927. At 17, he joined the US Navy in the Pacific and served on the USS Captaine, Point Cruz and the USS Nereus. After an...

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I was a rookie WCO in Cortez when Wayne came to work for Game, Fish and Parks in 1964. We had many opportunities to work together. My best memory was when we took a packtrip with Allison Mason, our mentor, into what is now the Hermosa Wilderness. May God comfort each of his family with the comfort that only He can give.

I have many fond memories of this man and his family during my youth in Durango-

Condolences to the family.

Dave Haukeness

I was sorry to hear that Wayne died. He had a full life. Proverbs 12:10 says the righteous one cares for his animals. Wayne left a fine legacy of caring for animals. Condolences to the family.

My condolences to the Knisley family. I knew Wayne when he worked for the DOW with my father, Allison Mason. That was when the Knisleys were new to Durango. Wayne always had a smile for everyone. May God be his comforter now.

I knew Wayne from working at DOW, after he had already retired. He would stop in and regale us with amazing stories of his past with the agency. He loved to share his vast knowledge from his many experiences, and it was always a joy to spend that time with him. He is greatly missed.