William "Bill" Kniel, age 94, of Quincy, died on Friday, February 7, 2020 at 9:38 am in Good Samaritan Home.
William was born January 29, 1926, in State Center, Iowa, the son of William and Lillian Wolff Kniel. He married Patricia A. Boughton on May 28, 1951, in Eagle Grove, Iowa. She passed away March 5, 2016.
Bill was a World War II veteran having served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946. Following his discharge he obtained bachelor's and master's degrees from Drake University. From 1949-57 he taught and coached boys and girls basketball in the Iowa Public Schools System before joining Packaging Corporation of America as a sales representative. In 1961 he was transfered to Quincy and retired from PCA in 1991.
Bill was a member of Vermont Street United Methodist Church, charter member of the PCA Sales Achievement Club and charter member of the Iowa AAU Basketball Hall of Fame. He enjoyed golf, fishing, playing bridge, following the St Louis Cardinals and the Iowa Hawkeyes, but above all, spending time with family and friends.
Bill is survived by three children; Lisa (John) Spear of Bonita Springs, FL, Lynn (Michael) Shuba of Woodbury, MN, and Scott (Beth) Kniel of Quincy; eight grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Bill was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, and a son, Bret William Kniel.
Private Inurnment services will be held at Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois with full military honors conducted by American Legion Post 37.
Memorials: Quincy Public Schools Foundation (QPSF) Pat & Bill Kniel Family Fund for Music Education, Vermont Street United Methodist Church, or Adams County Arc
Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.
Sending my deepest condolences, Scott, Lisa and Lynn. I’ve always loved and admired your parents for their warmth, kindness and compassion. I know your dad will be greatly missed, but I hope your memories of both of your parents will offer comfort. Much love to you. ...Karen Quade
So sorry for your loss Lynn and Lisa. Your dad was one great guy. I'll always remember how he and your mom always put up with us coming over to hang out and playing basketball in the driveway.
Deepest Condolences Lynn, prayers to your family.
One of the kindest people I have ever met.Pat and Bill were very special people kind,caring good people .They will always have a place in my heart, Cathi Webb
Lisa, John & entire family our prayers are with you all at this sad time. RIP
Lisa, Lynn and Scott: You know how much I love you and your parents. I grew up in your house. And besides my dad, your dad was the epitome of being a father ... kind, strong and smart. I don't think he realized what a role model he was to me and how his lessons have guided my journey as a man, father and grandfather. And while I'm truly sad that his presence here is over, I'm delighted that he was in my life. Rest in peace Mr. Kniel and say hello to Mrs. Kniel for me. - Roger
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