Jerome H. Knies, 85, Celestine

Jerome KniesJerome H. Knies, 85, of Celestine, died Tuesday of injuries sustained in a farming accident. He was born in Celestine September 30, 1931, to Bernard J. and Albertha (Heldman) Knies. He married Bernice Kluesner September 4, 1954, at St. Peter Celestine Catholic Church.

Jerome was a lifelong farmer in the Celestine area and also worked for Jasper Woodworking. He was a member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Celestine Campus, and was a lifetime member of the Celestine Community Club. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard and enjoyed hunting, playing sheepshead, farming, and being in the outdoors.

He is survived by his wife, Bernice Knies; three daughters, Pam Spencer and husband Tom, Birdseye, Iris Gadlage and husband Bernie, Celestine, and Jill Thompson and husband Jamie, Jasper; four sons, Brian Knies and companion Carla, Celestine, Christopher Knies and companion Rhonda, Dubois , Jerry Knies and wife
Holly, Celestine, and John Knies and wife Maria, West Monroe, Louisiana; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Rosetta Hasenour, Connie  Schroering, and Sharon Burger and husband Jerry, all of Jasper; seven brothers, Dennis Knies and Jim Knies and wife Bonnie, all of St. Anthony, Albert Knies and wife Cyrilla, Huntingburg, Virgil Knies and wife Frances, Bernard Knies and wife Diane, and Randall Knies and wife Janice, all of Celestine, and Paul Knies and wife Carol and Perry Knies and wife Jane, all of Jasper.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ernest and Vernon Knies, two brothers-in-law, Delmar Schroering and Tony Hasenour, and one sister-in-law, Ruth Knies.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The St. Isidore Parish will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Isidore Parish or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Celestine Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

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