Linus J. “Spitz” Knebel, 93, Jasper

Linus KnableLinus J. “Spitz” Knebel, 93, of Jasper, died Sunday (February 12), 2017 at the home of a daughter. He was born in Jasper August 3, 1923, to Frank and Helen (Betz) Knebel. He married Edna Kunkler April 17, 1948, at St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Spitz was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and served in the Pacific Theater from 1942 to 1946. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post No. 673. He was a long time employee of the City of Jasper, working for the power plant for 13 years and for the Parks Department for over 10 years. He also owned and operated Knebel’s Lawn Service. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, loved to garden, hunt, and fish, and was an avid fan of Jasper High School and professional sports.

He is survived by his wife of 68+ years, Edna Knebel; five daughters, Ruth Knebel, Shirley Harter and husband Jeff, Bonnie Young and husband Greg, Mary Weyer and husband Don, and Pam Hughes and husband Ralph, all of Jasper; five sons; Edward Knebel and wife Anna, Terry Knebel and wife Lannette, Gerry Knebel and wife Corma, and Fred Knebel and wife Lisa, all of Jasper, and Jeff Knebel and wife Teresa, Haysville; 20 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Tillie Jessup and husband Dale, Indianapolis, and Mary Ann Hunter and husband Frank, Tampa, Florida.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sons, Donald and Charles Knebel, three sisters, Hilda Hauser, Elanora Volz, and Roselle Mac Farlane, five brothers; Clemens, Sylvester, Leo, Carl, and Edward Knebel, two sisters who died in infancy, Thresia and Mary Knebel, and one grandson; Kevin Knebel.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, and from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Family Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Jasper VFW Post will conduct military graveside rites.

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