Allan Brooks Knisley, 73, of Keokuk, passed away Oct. 17, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family.
Allan was born Dec. 31, 1947, in Bucyrus, Ohio, to Melvin and Laura Jean (Huffman) Knisley. He lived most of his life in Keokuk and graduated from Keokuk High School in 1967.
He was united in marriage with Cynthia Mahoney on June 24, 1967, in Sandusky, at the Methodist Church. Cynthia, his fun-loving wife of 51 years, preceded him in death in 2018.
He was also preceded in death by his stepson Paul Mullins and by his parents.
Allan earned an Associate in Applied Science, Electronics Degree, from Southeastern Community College, in Burlington in 1969. During his lifetime he served as a Keokuk police reserve officer and as a deputy sheriff of Callaway County, Mo. He was a member of the NRA and earned his pilot's license. Allan served on the Keokuk City Council and the Keokuk Planning Commission. He received the rank of a red belt in Taekwondo. He was a Ham radio operator and a self-taught guitarist. Allan, AKA "The Gadget Guy," could fix almost anything. He had many God-given talents, from automotive repair, computer repair, plumbing, to skilled electrician. He was a jack-of-all trades. Allan was very determined and never gave up! His sense of humor kept all who knew him smiling, all the way to the end.
Allan is survived by his joyful wife, Polly Knisley. They were wed and attended church services at the Anchor of Hope Fellowship in Keokuk. Allan is also survived by his two loving children and their spouses, Philip Knisley and Darcie, Gina (Knisley) McGinnis and Sean; by five grandchildren, Courtney (Jesse) Moore, Megan (Glenn) White, Connor McGinnis, Stefan (Anna) Knisley, and Abby Knisley; by two precious great-grandsons, August Knisley and Asher Moore; and by his faithful lapdog, Rudy. He is also survived by his older brothers and their wives who reside in the Columbus, Ohio, area, Karl and Caroline Knisley, and Paul and Karen Knisley; his stepdaughters, Rachel Woodworth and Sarah (Joe) Norvell; numerous step-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Anchor of Hope Fellowship at 1628 Concert St. in Keokuk at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22. Family will be meeting friends from 3-5 p.m. at Anchor of Hope Fellowship prior to services. Burial will be held at Hickory Grove funeral at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, family requests that memorials be made to Lee County Hospice or Anchor of Hope Fellowship.
DeJong-Greaves-Printy Funeral Home of Keokuk is in charge of arrangements.
Published by Daily Gate from Oct. 21 to Oct. 22, 2021.