James H. “Jim” Knust, 76, of Ferdinand, died Sunday (September 25) at his home. He was born in Ferdinand September 14, 1940, to Nick and Verena (Wirtzberger) Knust. He married Betty Kloeck June 22, 1963, at St. Meinrad Catholic Church.
Jim was a retired insurance agent. He was a lifelong member of St. Ferdinand Church in Ferdinand and as a young boy served at mass and sang in the children’s choir. He continued to be active in the church throughout his adult life, singing in the choir for 60 years, serving during funeral and weekday masses, and serving as a Eucharistic minister. He also served on the St. Ferdinand parish council and was a recipient of the Simon Brute’ Award. He was an original member of the Celebration Singers and was serving as president of its board of directors at the time of his death. Following retirement from the insurance business, he was a Step-On Tour Guide for Dubois County Tourism. He was a member of Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 and its color guard. His hobbies included singing, gardening, traveling, and following his grandchildren’s activities. During his lifetime, he traveled to all 50 states and a number of foreign countries.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Knust; one son, Jim A. Knust, St. Anthony; three daughters, Marian Bromm and husband Mark, St. Anthony, Julie Lindauer and husband Glenn, Ferdinand, and Audrey Abell and husband Lee, Plainfield.; one brother, Donald Knust and wife Mary, Ferdinand; eight grandchildren, Kayla and Brian Lindauer, Megan, Jennifer, and Austin Bromm, and Katie, Gracie, and Nicole Abell.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Jo Meuser.
Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 7-9:30 a.m. Thursday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Memorial contributions may be made to Lange-Fuchs Cancer Center or to the Sisters of St. Benedict. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhoem.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Ferdinand Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 will conduct military graveside rights.