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Friday, May 23, 2014

Robert "Bob" William Knell Sr. of 514 Oil Valley Road, Duke Center, PA

Robert "Bob" William Knell Sr.
Robert "Bob" William Knell Sr. of 514 Oil Valley Road, Duke Center, PA,  passed away Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Jamestown WCA in Jamestown, N.Y.

Born on Feb. 25, 1945, in Port Allegany, he was a son of the late Alfred S. and Mary S. Sherwood Knell. On Jan. 2, 1968, in Port Allegany, he married Carolyn Boser.

Vietnam War Vet
Mr. Knell attended school in Port Allegany and later proudly served with the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1977, where he served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War. After his service, he moved home to Pennsylvania. He worked in law enforcement; was employed at Alcas, Boser's Gravel Pit and Castle Corp.; and owned Knell's Garage and Bob's Pest Control. Bob was a jack of all trades because of his ability to fix anything and his willingness to help anyone in need.

Bob was a member of the Allegany American Legion Charles Harbel Post 892, where he was a former post commander, was a member of the Trustee Committee and the Ritual Team and helped the post assist with ROTC honors events. He was also a life member of the Port Allegany Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6391 and Disabled Veterans of McKean Co. No. 72. He belonged to the Loyal Order of Moose in Port Allegany and Allegany Mountain Oldtime Music Association. Along with his wife, he worked on fundraising for Buffalo Children's Hospital.

He was a role model to his children, whom he taught by example how to be caring and generous to those around them. Bob touched many lives over the years, and he showed an unselfishness that many left behind will never forget.

His number-one enjoyment was spending time with his grandchildren and children. He loved country and bluegrass music, fishing, old movies and working on mechanical things. He was an amazing father and grandfather. He was a substitute father to many.

Bob leaves behind his loving wife of more than 46 years, Carol; his daughter, Tina (Matt) Palmer of Duke Center, his sons, William Knell of Allegany, N.Y., and Robert W. (Chrystal) Knell Jr. of Columbus, Ohio; 10 grandchildren, Allie Knell, Dean Knell, Thomas Moore, Logan Galbraith, Melinda Galbraith, Taylor Palmer, Chance Palmer, Emily Knell, MaKena Knell and Elathan Knell; a great-grandson, Dominik Hitchcock; a brother, Joseph (Juanita) Knell of Port Allegany; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 W. State Road, Olean, N.Y. Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (May 24, 2014) at the funeral home, where a memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Dr. Anthony Evans will officiate. Burial with full military honors will be in Mount View Cemetery Veterans Field of Honor, Olean, conducted by the Allegany American Legion Ritual Team.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Allegany American Legion or Buffalo Children's Hospital. Afterwards family and friends are invited to join the immediate family at the Allegany American Legion for a celebration of his life.

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