Dakota Knaub
1988 - 2016
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Dakota L. Knaub
Mt. Wolf
Dakota Lee Knaub, 28, passed into his Lord's hands on Saturday, October 15, 2016, after a long battle with addiction. Born June 1, 1988, he was the son of Jacqueline (Mama Dukes) and Michael (Pops) Knaub. Even through his constant struggle with addiction, he never lost the gifts that God gave him, which were his heart of gold and the ability to show others how much he loved them. As a mother and father, we couldn't love a child more and his friends will attest to his ability to always lend a helping hand when needed either emotionally or physically. Dakota loved hunting, fishing, four wheeling, motorcycles, camping and being outdoors. But the love he showed family and friends was immeasurable.
He is survived by his mother and father; his brother, Bob and wife Ang; nephew, Dante; nieces, Isolde and Thylane; and a nephew/niece due in December. He is also survived by his grandfather, Charles J. Stine, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends who will remember his contagious smile, compassion, and sense of humor.
A celebration of life service for Dakota will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 22, 2016, at the Diehl Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 87 S. Main St., Mt. Wolf. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Hoover's Cemetery, (Starview) Mount Wolf. Officiating at his service will be pastor Samuel Velez.
Memorial contributions can be made in his name to "Not One More", York Chapter, P.O. Box 95, Dover, PA 17315.

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Published in York Daily Record on Oct. 20, 2016.
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October 15, 2019
Missing you today and every day. It's been 3 years that you went away. My heart aches constantly because you're not here! I think sometimes I needed you more than you needed me. I miss our talks, your smile, and everything that you brought to my life to make it beautiful! Mama will never stop loving you! I carry you in my heart and always will! Much love sent from me to you in heaven! ❤
January 14, 2017
I know it's like months later but I am just now finding out about this. Words can not explain how shocked I am. You popped up on one of my memories and I was gonna say hello and see how you were and then saw that you are no longer with us. I know I only met you a few timea but we always would talk and check to see how each other were. I hope you are having a blast in heaven. Rip beo
November 10, 2016
Hello, I never met Dakota. When I saw his obituary in newspaper, it broke my heart. What a handsome young man. I am sure he was a smart , kind, and loving person that somehow got in with the wrong crowd, maybe at a party, who knows?
I know the pain of losing a son, my middle son, a very emotional young man, died of suicide over a girlfriend breakup.
Blessings to Dakota's family and friends. Know that he is in Heaven, at peace.
Bonita Sponsler
October 26, 2016
Thank you for sharing your son's story. I too have a son one year younger than your son. He is still with us but it is a constant worry. His story is so similar to our son's. You will be in my prayers.
October 25, 2016
Dear Mike and Jackie,
We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts are broken. Cody was such a thoughtful and kind young man. We will forever remember all the great times we shared with you and Cody at Tower City. The first time Cody conquered "Mt. Everest" he felt such joy and satisfaction. As Cody makes this final journey into the hands of our Lord, he will once again experience the same joy and satisfaction. We will all pray for him.
With all our love, Ron, Wanda, RJ and Brittany Eckman and family
ronald eckman
October 22, 2016
I don't know you, but I'm sorry for your loss to this horrible disease of addiction. Praise to you for sharing so openly so that others might learn from your son's and your family's suffering. Sincere sympathy.
Dorothy Steltzer
October 20, 2016
There won't be a day that goes by that I won't miss you or our almost daily chats checking in on one another. I'm so glad I got to spend a little bit of time with you a few weeks again but was definitely looking forward to more time together. Like I told you many times, you were an amazing person with a heart of gold. We had a lot of plans of things to do together in the future but I know you will be with me every step of the way from here on out. I hope you are at peace now and no longer fighting this horrible disease. I can't wait for the day I'll get to see you again until then I'll remember you each time I'm "sipping on fire" like you used to tell me. Rest easy my dear!
October 20, 2016
I am so sorry to here about you lost. My thoughts and Prayers are with you.
Michele Krepps
October 20, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. You don't know me but I understand how you feel. I lost my son 2 years ago to addiction. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Diana Smeltzer
October 20, 2016
Mike and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Dakota is now free from the grasp of this horrible disease that has touched so many of our lives. May the memories you have bring you peace. I will keep you all in my prayers.
Susan Chamberlain Hager
October 20, 2016
My thoughts and Prayers are with you
October 20, 2016
My heart goes out to you and all of your family with the loss of your handsome Dakota. I too, am a mother who lost my beautiful son October 23, 2015 to a accidental fentanyl overdose. I did not know Dakota, but please know, there is support out there for you, and I too am here for you if you ever need someone to talk to, or just to cry on my shoulder. God bless you all, he will be in my thoughts and prayers X
Allison Klunk
October 20, 2016
Dakota Dakota ... Rest easy mister. Fly high.
Knaub's family ... I'm really so sorry for your loss. Addicition is a horrible ugly disease, it is a battle in itself and I'm so sorry you all have/had to go through this. There will be many memories that you will carry with you that'll keep you warm until you meet again.
Please accept my condolences.
I'm so sorry again.
Prayers, hugs and love sent strong.
Denise Derrick
October 19, 2016
Jackie and Mike, so sorry for your loss. Sending condolences and love to you. May your memories bring you smiles. Vickie and Dave Huska ( formerly from starview )
Vickie Huska
October 19, 2016
Words cannot express how sorry we are for your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathies , Mike and Jackie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this extremely difficult time. God bless Dakota. May he rest in peace.
Don & Helene Ensign
October 19, 2016
thank you for being a great role model cody, I love you
October 19, 2016
I am so sorry to hear about the sudden end to a young man like this. I have suffered with pain and addiction all my life and I pray for your family. God Bless
October 19, 2016
My condolences to his family and friends. I did not know Dakota, but my heart breaks for his family, and the life they lost to this horrible disease. God Bless you all.
karen jones
October 19, 2016
RIP Dakota Knaub I didnt know you but your brother Bob and my son Davis are best friends ! If you were anything like your brother i know you were a wonderful person. God Bless you and your family in these times of sorrow and may God wrap his arms around your family and friends and comfort each and everyone of them in Jesus' name I pray Amen
Donna McDaniel
October 19, 2016
My heart is breaking for you. I'm praying for you and your family. May the Lord bring you peace and comfort.
Joyce Stahle
October 19, 2016
You will be greatly missed. Rest in peace my friend.
October 19, 2016
You and Londyn <3
The Knaub family are in our thoughts and prayers. We love and miss u Dakota. You weren't a friend....you were much more than that. A brother to us both and an uncle to our kids. (Mike and Jackie)... We will always be here if you need us anytime on any day. We are family.
Love always,
The Shimmels
Lexie Sanger
October 19, 2016
Our first date was at Pizza Hut in 5th grade. It was actually the first date ever for either one of us. It was so long ago and we lost touch over the years but he will always be remembered as my first crush. He'll always be rememberred because he was such a good guy. He was really one of the most caring, respectful, honest people I knew at that time. It's hard to believe he could have ended up making some bad choices that led to this. I guess it really can happen to anyone :( I remember his parents were along for the date and they introduced me to the idea of anchovies on a pizza. I still don't like anchovies but I will eat a slice in remeberence the next time I order. I have so many other memories too. First time I ate shoefly pie, first party I was ever invited to, just lots of firsts with this guy. RIP buddy :( <3 gone but not forgotten
Evelyn Vasquez (Brush)
October 19, 2016
Mike & Jackie, sending our love and heartfelt condolences.
Tom & Wendy Garman
October 19, 2016
Dakota was one of the greatest examples of mankind. He had the biggest heart in the entire world. He cared about everyone and everything. From insane parties that we met at, to fishing, and motorcycle rides we had a lot of fun times that I will never forget. I really hope you are at peace now and no longer battling this disease. Fly high Dakota and look over all your loved ones and friends, you are truly missed.
Shannon Thomas (Stumper)
October 19, 2016
Rest well my friend. Your smile, kindness, gentle heart will surely be missed.

Baltimore Bob
Robert Wilhelm
October 19, 2016
I am truly sorry to hear about your loss.. My Deepest Sympathy to all of his family and friends... It saddens my heart deeply, how an addiction takes control of such good many people ... He was always very respectful to me and always made me smile when I saw him.. He will be greatly missed...Prayers to his family. RIP Dakota
Tammy Bupp
October 19, 2016
Very sad to here about the news. Thoughts and prayers to the whole Knaub family.
The Taylor Family
October 19, 2016
Son, we had a bond that can never be broken. You are a part of me and I am a part of you. The love I feel for you will never change. The world lost one of the most beautiful people I ever knew. Mama is always near. Rest in peace baby! I will LOVE you forever.
October 19, 2016
So sorry Stephanie Joe jarmolowicz hopes mom and dad
stephanie jarmolowicz
October 19, 2016
Our deepest sympathy and condolences for the loss of your dear son/brother. May God grant you comfort and peace during this most difficult time and wrap you in his everlasting love.
Matt & Diane Laird
October 19, 2016
So sorry to hear of ur loss!! All of u guys are in my thought and prayers!! I wish peace for u guys!!
Tessah Spence
October 19, 2016
Sending prayers for healing. May God send you and your family comfort during this time.
Therese Mohler
October 19, 2016
Jackie, Mike and Bob, I am so terribly sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the happy memories. You are all in my thoughts.
Mandy Himes-Gerhart
October 19, 2016
I only met you once at the campground but you were so nice and fun
Rose and Tony
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