Charles Knouse Jr.
1950 - 2017
ATHENS - "Some days you eat the bear; some days the bear eats you" - Dr. Charles Knouse Jr.

Charles Knouse Jr., D.O., born Dec. 27, 1950, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, died Aug. 13, 2017, in Charleston, W.Va. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles A. Knouse Sr., D.O., and Iris Knouse.

After growing up in different parts of the country, Charles received his bachelor's degree in English from Juniata College, and graduated with his master's in speech and communications from Emerson College in Boston, Mass. He married Jacki Rice, who mothered their four children and provided support for his life endeavors. He worked in various capacities as an English teacher, communications teacher, and speech and communications coach for a variety of New England corporations.

Charles entered medical school at age 41 - already the father of two children - showing his never-ending energy for change. His professional passion for the rest of his life was researching and effectively treating cancer by non-toxic methods.

Charles lived a dynamic life filled with laughter, adventure and innovation. He was known for his incredibly creative ideas, courage to boldly move past convention to solve problems, and improving and saving lives. His contributions to society may be quietly unnoticed by most, but revered by those who were fortunate enough to have been touched by his brilliance.

Charles' greatest joy came from his children, Andrew Knouse, 28; Max Knouse, 27; Hannah Knouse, 25; and Cameron Knouse, 23. Anyone who knew him, knew his children, whether they met them or not, for Charles could not go long without talking about them with intense pride. As his children grew up, Charles excitedly provided them with supplies and endless support for their interests, which in turn led them to rich adulthoods. Growing up they were incredibly blessed to have his enthusiasm for life, spontaneous energy, perceptive thinking, eccentric ideas and, most of all, deep love. He was happiest with his family. On Mother's Day, he could be found picking wildflowers with all four kids in their rural neighborhood, singing songs like "Oh What a Beautiful Mornin," or down by the pond catching fish and throwing them back.

"Hip! hop! hoop!…" - Dr. Charles Knouse Jr.

His variety of interests made him uniquely relatable to just about anyone he met. His affable nature, curiosity and generosity made him a wonderful friend. He opened his home to friends, family and, occasionally, strangers. He shared all he had with anyone who needed or wanted it, even if it left him with little.

Charles was a master of osteopathic manipulation, prolotherapy and solving difficult health issues. He was a pioneer in cancer treatment, researching the many successful methods around the world, and combining them with his own work in immune system support. His utilization of holistic plant-based treatments combined with Western medicine led to his many successes. He often offered his services free of charge to those who could not afford it.

"Some things are just right, no two ways about it" - Dr. Charles Knouse Jr.

Charles was a particularly talented writer. He could write an exquisite sonnet over months, taking the time to carefully choose each word to portray the exact image, feeling and tone of his message. The next day he could produce a detailed manual for his latest invention, written flawlessly. His MCAT essay scored the highest in the nation the year he took the exam. He has created a myriad of entertaining short stories, riveting plays exploring the human condition and spirituality, and beautiful poems that brought both tears and laughter. He wrote a play not long before his passing that one of his children helped read at the Tuscon Arizona Playwright Association.

"Practice doesn't make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect" - Dr. Charles Knouse Jr.

Charles created and recorded stories for his children named ""The Adventures of Brother Eagle,"" incorporating them into each adventure. He then shared these tales in his children's classes at River Valley Community School. They were cherished by all who heard them. He taught middle school theatre in Arizona, directed community theatre in New Hampshire and at Northern Essex Community College, and gave many free seminars about public speaking, health and theatre. In his later years, he revisited his affinity for writing comics as he'd once done before going into medicine, imaginatively portraying life stories and issues in light and humor.

In medical school, Charles was dissatisfied with the study materials available for the medical boards. As a result, he sat for weeks in his old Saab, recording the material into a hand-held audio cassette recorder in a question/answer format. He did this for himself, but soon his fellow students borrowed them. He and his then-wife, Jack, developed his work into a successful company, Gold Standard Board Preparation Systems, and his voice continues to be heard today by thousands of medical students around the world.

"When faced with indecision, do something" - Dr. Charles Knouse Jr.

In addition to his children, Charles is survived by his sister, Thea Price, and her husband, Fred; sister, Karen Brungardt, and her husband, Larry; brother, John Knouse,;and Charles' close friends, Jay Dewhurst, Dan Dolata, Sandee and John Zivin, and Heidi Often.

If you knew Charles, you are sure to have your own stories. Whether it was the oval pool he built from scratch with a two-story wooden water slide, a gigantic explosion of fireworks in the back yard, or unusual yet effective health advice, his family hopes that you share your memories of him for years to come.

A Life Celebration Service will be held on Nov. 25, at 5 p.m., at Eclipse Company Store function room, 11309 Jackson Drive, The Plains, Ohio.
Published by The Athens Messenger from Sep. 13 to Sep. 15, 2017.
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Charles saved my life, by figuring out what some Russian doctors had to have done, and reengineering it. From concept, through developing the active ingredient, through creating a treatment, to lysing my tumor as though it were nothing.

In 2002, MSKCC gave me a 2-5% chance for 2 more years. Thank you Charles, for all these years that I continue to enjoy.

Always in my memory. Requiscat in Pace
Jonathan Sheik
November 5, 2018
Dear Knouse Family: My deepest regrets at the passing of a wonderful, giving mentor. Mr. Knouse was engaged by my employer to coach me in public speaking. I spent two, three hour sessions with my coach in the late 1980's to prepare for my first speech at our national sales leadership conference. I was not in sales, I was in finance and scared about how to pull this off. The theme of my talk was the success of the American Revolution which began in Concord, Boston and Philadelphia (history I was familiar with and liked discussing) because I thought it parallled our success as an organization and I thought the sales guys would get a kick out of it. Quirky, to say the least. Charles completely rolled with it and encouraged me to deliver with the greatest gusto! I will never forget Mr. Knouse and his gift to me. God bless you Charles Knouse. Sorely missed by me, Larry Brock Hampton, NH
Laurence Brock
August 23, 2018
I was just looking for Charles because I wanted to get in touch. What a shock to find out that he passed away last year. I am so sad about this. I really wanted to tell him how much I appreciated him, and everything he did for me. He was a tremendous friend and had a gigantic presence and spirit in the world. Much love to Jackie and the kids, esp Hannah. I hope she is still playing the harp. I am truly sorry he is gone. I loved him very much.
wenda williamson
June 15, 2018
I worked for Charles and Jacki for a short time at Gold Standard Board Prep while I was a student at Ohio U. He was truly a one-in-a-million person. He had all the qualities of your stereotypical mad scientist genius. Quirky as all get out. I still remember his eyebrows and his laugh. He always seemed to be pursuing something. He sought to improve everything around him, never accepting any status quo. His life was absent of the mundane. He didn't do things small, he did them big. While our paths crossed briefly, his memory will live on in my thoughts and in my heart and in the scars that remain on my hands from his metal collator invention that was as sharp as it was clever and efficient. My deepest sympathies to Jacki, Max, Andrew, Cameron and Hannah. He was a great guy and what a life he lived.
Sara Snatchko
October 12, 2017
September 29, 2017
So very sorry to hear of Charles' passing. I have many happy memories of him - always kind, energetic, funny, enthusiastic. He was a joy. My love goes out to all of you. ❤ Amy
Amy Goyer
September 17, 2017
While in the bigger picture, my life only intersected with Charles' life for a brief period of time, he had a profoundly positive effect on my life and for that I have always been grateful. Fly high Charles fly high!
Polly Creech
September 15, 2017
Thinking of Charles is synonymous with thinking about raising my children. He and the rest of the Knouse family are forever tangled up in our history, our stories and our memories. We are all better for this, grateful for this and will remember him always.
ann moneypenny
September 14, 2017
My sincere condolences to all of Charles' family and friends. I can vouch for his deep love of Andrew, Max, Hannah and Cameron. It was evident the way his face lit up when he saw them or spoke of them. A great man with a generous nature who made everyone feel valued. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Much love, Leigh Bowie RN
Leigh Bowie
September 14, 2017
My dear friend. I miss you terribly.
Jay Dewhurst
September 13, 2017
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