Larry F. Knust, 78, Schnellville

Larry KnustLarry F. Knust, 78, died Tuesday (July 1) at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville. He was born October 27, 1935, in Schnellville, to Oscar Knust and Marie Haas. He married Rita A. Peter August 25, 1956, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Tell City.

Larry was a 1953 graduate of Jasper High School. He was a life-long farmer and was employed at Schnellville Mill/True Value, retiring as manager in 2001, after 55 years of service. He was a lifetime member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Schnellville, a member of the church choir for over 60 years. He was a member of the Schnellville Fire Department, serving as director for many years, the Schnellville Conservation Club, Schnellville Community Club, St. Anthony Community Center, a board member of Dubois Water Utilities, and recipient of the Outstanding Farmer Award presented by American Forage and Grassland Council in 1972.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rita Knust; three sons, David J. Knust and wife Deb, Richardson, Texas, Daniel L. Knust and wife Angie, Newburgh, and Gregory A. Knust and wife Kathy, Schnellville; two daughters, Rose M. Nealy and husband Aaron, DePauw, and Renae A. Verkamp and husband Ryan, Schnellville; one brother, Ernie Knust, Belleville, Michigan; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by his step-father John Sternberg.

A Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM (EST) Friday at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Father Michael Madden will officiate. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday and from 9-10 a.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home downtown chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart of Jesus Church or the Schnellville Fire Department. Huber Funeral Home in Tell City is handling the arrangements. Messages of condolence may be sent to

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