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William "Bill" August Knies, Jr.

William "Bill" August Knies, Jr.
  • July 5, 1932 - August 16, 2014
  • Clinton Township, Michigan
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to:
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation
    230 East Ohio Street, Suite 304
    Chicago, IL 60611-3201
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to:
  • Sanilac County Humane Society
    P.O. Box 27
    3847 Sheldon St.
    Carsonville, MI 48419

Pause Mother and Father by Bruce H. Zimmerman, composer (ASCAP)
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“I see you Bill, in Scott, so many of your ways. My fond memories of Scott's Dad come to me everyday!! What a great person this man was!MISS YOU!!! ...Read More »
1 of 29 | Posted by: Marjie Costello - NEVADA CITY, CA

“Our Dad's taught us to be good, strong people. They are not gone. They continue to live within us. ”
2 of 29 | Posted by: Scott - son

“ALWAYS thinking of you, and will NEVER forget the good times. MISS YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!Love,Marjie ”
3 of 29 | Posted by: Marjorie Costello - NEVADA CITY, CA

“Still remembering you and your family and all the wonderful times we had together ”
4 of 29 | Posted by: Frank Wade - Fort Myers, FL

At the helm. “You may be gone...4 years now today, but you continue to inspire me and enrich my life in SO many ways. That is your legacy to me Dad.I am so...Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: Scott Knies - Grass Valley, CA

“Scott and I talk about you (ALL GOOD!) almost everyday, the great memories, and what a special man/husband/father you have been...I wish we could sit...Read More »
6 of 29 | Posted by: Marjie Costello - Nevada City, CA

“Still thinking of you and your wonderful family.. ”
7 of 29 | Posted by: Frank Wade Wade - Fort Myers, FL

“Dad,Like the license plate Mom saw in front her at a stop light, driving home from the hospital after you had just passed on..."NVR GONE". ”
8 of 29 | Posted by: Scott Knies - Grass Valley, CA

“Memories of you will ALWAYS be in my heart...your sons and MY Scott will carry you on forever. ”
9 of 29 | Posted by: Marjie Costello - Nevada City, CA

“You may be gone but you will never be forgotten ”
10 of 29 | Posted by: Frank Wade - Ft myers, FL

11 of 29 | Posted by: Scott Knies - Grass Valley, CA

“Thinking of you and your wonderful family. Non of you will ever be forgotten. Miss you.... ”
12 of 29 | Posted by: Frank Wade - Ft Myers, FL

“I am thinking of you today, Bill, and everyday. The memories I will always have, are all so AWESOME! I enjoy everyday, those memories, they are part...Read More »
13 of 29 | Posted by: Marjie - Nevada City, CA

“"THE BEST"God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be.So he put his arms around you and whispered, "Come to me."With tearful eyes we watched...Read More »
14 of 29 | Posted by: Scott - Grass Valley, CA - son

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Bill Knies & his family. I worked on a few projects with Bill at the Paslin Co. & he was a true gentleman &...Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: Tony Trotta - Troy, MI - Friend

“My Bill will miss all the TV alerts on WWII and flying programs that they exchanged and we'll miss the great phone conversations. An extraordinary...Read More »
16 of 29 | Posted by: Bill & Nancy Wilkins - MI

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Bill since he came through our Pulmonary Rehab program many years ago. He continued to come to exercise over the...Read More »
17 of 29 | Posted by: Diane DeClerck - Ortonville, MI

“Dear Joanie, Scott and Kirk,I am saddened to hear of Bill's passing and am keeping you in my prayers. May your wonderful memories of Bill bring you...Read More »
18 of 29 | Posted by: Nancy Wade - East China, MI

“Dear Joan...Our sincere sympathy to you and all your family in the loss of your beloved, Bill. He will be missed! There are so many wonderful Nomad...Read More »
19 of 29 | Posted by: Tom and Gerry Egan - Naples, FL

“Dear, Joan, Kirk, Scott, We were very saddened to here of Bills passing. i can only remember ALL the great memories. We will cherish and share them...Read More »
20 of 29 | Posted by: Lee & Edwina Vidosh - Friendswood, TX

“Friend,mentor, and wise man. You will be badly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing you my friend ”
21 of 29 | Posted by: John Stover - Johannesburg, MI

“Dear Joan,Scott,Kirk and Family So sorry to here about Bill. He was always a friend from the minute I met him. I know the world was a better place...Read More »
22 of 29 | Posted by: Frank Wade - Ft Myers, FL

“Joan, Scott and Kirk,We were very saddened to hear of Bills passing. All the great cherishisd memories of "Herr Knies" will forever be so special. ...Read More »
23 of 29 | Posted by: Thom & Shelly Filgo - Sandy, UT

“Words are not enough to express the wonderful man Mr. Knies was. He was kind, gentle, giving and could always bring a smile to our faces. We will...Read More »
24 of 29 | Posted by: Cox Family - Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

“A wonderful tribute to a wonderful man. Bill reached out to me when I was diagnosed with IPF and asked me join the St. John's support group. It...Read More »
25 of 29 | Posted by: Les and Chris Viegas - MI

“I'm so sorry. I can't imagine a world without him. ”
26 of 29 | Posted by: Sue Korona - St. Clair Shores, MI

“We will always remember Bill as the kindest of the kind. Always interested in others lives and so humble about his own accomplishments. We will...Read More »
27 of 29 | Posted by: Dick and Rose Ouellette - MI

“A beautiful tribute for a wonderful and we'll loved man. You will be greatly missed by many, Uncle Bill! ”
28 of 29 | Posted by: Kathleen Gogola (Kirsch) - PA

“Mr. Knies you will always have a special place in my heart from the great memories I have of Bishop. The tree fort you let us build in the tall...Read More »
29 of 29 | Posted by: Doug Tito - Grosse Pointe, MI

"A Life Well Lived"

In Loving Memory
William "Bill" August Knies, Jr.

July 5, 1932 - August 16, 2014

Our country witnessed some memorable events back in 1932. It happened to be the year the Great Depression hit its lowest point. It was the same year that Amelia Earhart flew solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Lou Gehrig hit four consecutive home-runs. It was also the same year that Bill was born on July 5th. Kids today would be surprised to learn that he was born in his home on Nottingham Drive...on the kitchen table! Those were tough times and many people didn't even have the means to travel to a hospital. Bill was the younger of two children born to William Sr. and Elsie Knies (née Elser). His sister Betty was six years old at the time. His father worked as a lathe operator while Elsie was a seamstress for Belle Isle Awning. The family had a cottage near Lexington, MI that they would visit in the summers. There was a nearby farm owned by the Repp family and Bill spent much of his time there helping to care for the animals and doing other farm chores. That would be the beginning of a life-long love of animals, understanding the pride one can enjoy from having a strong work ethic, and the importance and value that comes from a life based upon sound, traditional values and goals. Those were some of the things he was known for.
Bill graduated from Aero Mechanics High School in 1950 and then attended Hillsdale College a year later. Not long after, Bill, like many other young men during this time, joined the United States Air Force where he served as a flight mechanic during the Korean War. Bill was proud to have served ... READ MORE →

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