Earl L. Knutzen, Jr., 56, 11470 East Drive, St. Marys, died at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, at Lima Memorial Health System.
He was born July 30, 1956, in Lima, to Dolores â€śDodyâ€ť (Smith) and Earl L. Knutzen. On Oct. 31, 1997, in Wapakoneta, he married Rebecca Hawkey, who survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Jacklyn Knutzen, of Wapakoneta; a son, Matthew Knutzen, of Wapakoneta; two step-daughters, Elizabeth Sawmiller, of St. Marys, and Kimberly (Luke) Schimpf, of Lima; a brother Kelly (Collette) Knutzen, of Uniopolis; four brothers-in-law Daniel (Dee) Hawkey, of St. Marys, Ron (Anita) Hawkey, of St. Marys, Scott (Dot) Hawkey, of St. Marys, and David (Ann) Hawkey, of St. Marys; and two sisters-in-law, Sharon Young, of St. Marys, and Diana (Michael) Alge, of Silver Lake, Mich.
He was preceded in death by his parents, â€śDodyâ€ť and Earl Knutzen Sr.; and a step-son, Ryan Sawmiller.
He was a 1974 graduate of Wapakoneta High School.
Prior to his becoming disabled, he was employed in production at Plastipak Corp. in Jackson Center.
He was a veteran of the US Marine Corps, and then served an additional 20 years in the Ohio National Guard.
He was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 767 in St. Marys.
His favorite pastimes included fishing and following NASCAR. He also was a big fan of college and professional football, especially the Cleveland Browns. His family and friends will always remember his ability to tell great stories.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Miller â€“ Long & Folk Funeral Home in St. Marys, with the Rev. Bill Drummond, officiating. Burial will follow at Dayton National Cemetery in Dayton.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be shared at millerfuneralhomes.net