Leo E. “Pud” Knust, 94, Schnellville

Pud KnustLeo E. “Pud” Knust, 94, of Schnellville, died Wednesday (October 23) at his home. He was born in Schnellville October 13, 1919, to Joseph and Anna (Fritz) Knust. He married Alvina Schnell, May 7, 1946, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Schnellville.

Pud was a farmer and retired from the Jasper Cabinet Company after 22 years of service. He was a World War II veteran who served with the Army Air Corps. He served as the Jefferson Township trustee for four terms, and served on the township advisory board for 16 years. He also served on the Schnellville Development Club Board. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was a recipient of the Simon Brute Award. He was a member of American Legion Post #493, VFW Post #673, Schnellville Conservation Club, Jasper Knights of Columbus, and the St. Vincent De Paul Society. He enjoyed playing cards, reading, working on the farm, and spending time with friends and family.

Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Alvina Knust; five daughters, Susie Larson and husband Jack, Crawfordsville, Mary Winters and husband Bill, Schnellville, Martha McCaffry and husband Randy, Boonville, Monica Rose Endres and husband Jeff, Indianapolis, and Annette Schuetter and husband Dave, Schnellville; two sons, Ed Knust and wife Kathy, Schnellville, and John “Pudder” Knust, Schnellville; 14 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Josephine Kaelin, Crestwood, Kentucky.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Audrey Knust, three sisters. Verona Prechtel, Clara Englert, and Anna Mae Reh, three brothers, Albert, Edwin, and Theodore Knust, two half-sisters, Theresa Bockelman and Margaret Schuch, and three half-brothers, Michael, Louis, and Oscar Knust.

Funeral services at 10 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Schnellville, with burial following in the church cemetery. St. Anthony American Legion Post No. 493 and the Jasper VFW Post No. 673 will conduct military graveside rites. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, and one hour before services at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The rosary will be prayed at 1:45 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Cemetery Fund or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

 

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