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Allan R. Knivila

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Knivila, Allan R. Of Midland, passed away at MidMichigan Medical Center Midland surrounded by his family. Allan was born and raised in the logging town of Trout Creek in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. After High School he joined the Navy where he was on active duty on the USS Intrepid. Al was involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis and aided in the recovery of one of the original Apollo missions. After the military he attended Michigan Technological University on 2 separate occasions earning 2 Masters Degrees. Al worked as a sales executive for the Dow Corning Corporation in charge of the Chicago area. While at Dow he met his wife of 48 years Sue Ann. He went on to pursue a career in real estate and finally found his calling as a Physics Professor at Michigan Tech and Delta College. After retirement Al spent his remaining years visiting the local lake with his beloved dog Rascal and was an avid movie aficionado. An intelligent man with an analytical mind and gift for eloquence he had much to give to this world. Allan is survived by his wife Sue; 2 children Christine (Andrew) Smedley of Zealand and Bradley (Tricha) Knivila of Mt. Pleasant; 4 grandchildren Kaitlyn (Timothy) Moore, Kennedy Smedley, Hannah Knivila, and Mackenzie Smedley; and 2 brothers Robert and Stephen Knivila of Trout Creek. Allan is preceded by both his parents and his infant brother Bernard. There will be a memorial service on Monday, February 12 at 1pm at Berry Funeral Home in Shepherd with Valiant Jones officiating. The family will start receiving people at noon.
Published in Morning Sun on Feb. 11, 2018
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