Victor J. Knies, 89, of Jasper, died Tuesday (June 28) at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville. He was born in Jasper December 14, 1926, to Joseph and Mayme (Schroering) Knies. He married Monica Mehringer October 20, 1951, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland.
Vic was a 1945 graduate of Jasper High School and a U.S. Army veteran. He retired after more than 35 years in the woodworking industry. He was a Jasper City Council member for 28 years. Knies was on the city council when the recently retired Tom Schmidt first joined the governing body in 1976…
Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz has ordered the City of Jasper flag at City Hall to be lowered to half staff in honor of Knies.
The flag will be lowered at sunrise on Thursday (the day of Knies’ visitation) and remain lowered until his entombment on Friday.
Vic Knies was also a member of the Jasper Board of Public Works for many years. He served on a number of other boards and committees in the community and was active in the Sister Cities Program.
He and his wife, Monica, were recipients of the Simon Brute Award, he was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Frank O’Bannon in 1999, and the German Heritage Award in 2009. He was a 4th degree member of Knights of Columbus council 1584, a member of American Legion Post No. 147, a past member of the Indiana Regional Planning Commission and served as its treasurer, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and was an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church, serving in a number of capacities. He enjoyed traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Monica Knies; two daughters, Barb Bleemel and husband, Bob, Jasper, and Elaine Knies, Greenwood; three sons, Tom Knies, and Jerry Knies and wife Chris, all of Jasper; and Marty Knies and wife Judi, Greenwood; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son, Greg Knies; one grandson, Scott Bleemel, five sisters, Catherine Betz, Marie Burger, Delphine Ruhe, Florence Kordes, and Loretta Eckert, and seven brothers, Edwin, Henry, Charles, Andrew, Raymond, Oscar, and Donald Knies.
Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Friday at Holy Family Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Church, the St. Meinrad Archabbey, or to a favorite charity.
Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday at Holy Family Catholic Church with entombment to follow in the Fairview Cemetery mausoleum.