Larry D. Knaack, 71, of Correctionville, passed away Wednesday afternoon, March 16, 2011, at the Kingsley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Kingsley, Iowa.
Visitation began at 2 p.m. on Friday, at the Johnson-Earnest Funeral Home in Kingsley. The family was present from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a prayer service scheduled for 7 p.m. The visitation will continue at the United Methodist Church in Correctionville on Saturday, one hour prior to Larry's service. Thoughts, stories and condolences may be directed to the family on the www.mauerjohnsonfh.com website.
Larry Duane Knaack was born in Correctionville, on August 8, 1939, the first-born son and child of Sylvia Alice (Hagemann) and Christopher Vollrath Knaack. He was baptized, confirmed, and a member of the United Methodist Church in Pierson. Larry graduated from Pierson High School in 1957.
While in high school, Larry played basketball, and began dating his high school sweetheart, and future bride, Junille Schweitzberger. They enjoyed all the thrills of a young courtship, and especially the shared joy of horseback riding. Larry was particularly fond of riding his horse, "Silver."
Following high school, Larry attended a heavy equipment trade school in North Carolina, and upon completing his certification, returned to Iowa.
Larry and Junille were united in marriage on June 4, 1959, at the United Methodist Church in Pierson. The couple moved to the Onawa area, where Larry was employed with a construction company, as a scraper and dozer operator.
When the opportunity arose for Larry to farm, and later own the family home place near Correctionville, Larry seized the chance, and spent the rest of his working years as a grain and livestock farmer, and doing some trucking. He took great pride in providing for his wife and children and treasured the peaceful moments of life on the farm. One of his greatest joys, was perching himself upon a fence, and simply overlooking the farm and watching his cattle.
Larry was a member of the Woodbury Pork Producers, the Woodbury County Extension, the Cherokee Rural Water Board, and the Western Iowa Co-op. In the early 70s, Larry was awarded the Master Pork Producer of the Year.
Larry was an avid reader, especially farm magazines. He also loved walking through museums, and taking leisurely rides in the country with Junille.
Preceding Larry in death is his parents, an infant brother, Richard Knaack; and his parents-in-law, Ernie and Thelma Schweitzberger.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Junille Knaack; his daughter, Roberta Knaack of Correctionville; his son, Terry and Jackie Knaack of Greenfield, Ind.; his two sisters, Vernita Manship of Mountain Home, Ariz.; and Donna Handslip of Fremont, Neb.; his three brothers, Duane Knaack and Dale and Vickie Knaack of Correctionville, and Tim and Diane Knaack of Cherokee; his sister-in-law, Joyce Kohn of Cherokee; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.