Rev. Luther Lavern Knauff

23 julio , 192211 febrero , 2020
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Reverend Luther Lavern Knauff, age 97, of Conover, NC, died Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at Transitions LifeCare Hospice in Raleigh. Born July 23, 1922 in Venus, PA, he was the son of the late Rev. George M. Knauff and Luella Wagner Knauff.

Luther graduated from Capital University and Trinity Seminary in Columbus, OH, and was ordained as a Lutheran pastor on June 9, 1946. During his 41-year pre-retirement ministry, he served congregations in Warren, MI, Wexford, PA, Chatfield, OH, North Tonawanda, NY, and Newton, NC. After retirement in 1987, he engaged in interim and visitation pastorates at several Catawba County churches, and provided pulpit supply at 110 different Lutheran churches in North Carolina over a span of 25 years.

In addition to his work in churches as a pastor, he also served the community in many ways, including positions with the Catawba Valley Lutheran Fellowship and the Catawba County Historical Society. One of his favorite activities was singing for many years with his wife Mildred as a member of the Catawba Valley Community Chorus. Luther was also an avid gardener and an extremely knowledgeable baseball fan. Luther was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Albrecht Knauff; and sons Philip and Craig Knauff.

Left to cherish his memory are daughter Karen Pairan and husband Ron; daughter Lois Knauff and husband Michael Maness; son Mark Knauff and wife Joy; grandchildren Tom, Tim, Lisa, Scott, Michelle, Kelly, and Philip, with their respective spouses; and 14 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Old St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Judy Drysdale officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Friday, February 21 from 6:00-7:30 PM at Drum Funeral Home in Conover. Condolences may be sent to the Knauff family at

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to Old St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 2035 Old Conover-Startown Rd, Newton, NC, 28658.

The Knauff family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover, NC.


  • Receiving of Friends

    viernes, 21 febrero , 2020

  • Funeral Service

    sábado, 22 febrero , 2020


Rev. Luther Lavern Knauff


Susan Wise

27 febrero , 2020

Dear family of Pr Luther Knauff,
Growing up in Chatfield, Pr Luther Knauff was my pastor during my formative years. He was a blessing to me, Susie Kurtz, and my family, Calvin and Wanda Kurtz, and my sister Elaine.
Mom kept in touch with Pr Knauff and Mildred; she was good at writing folks, God rest her soul.
And . . . now, what a blessing to have his grandson, Tom, be my pastor at Calvary Lutheran!
Please find comfort in knowing that Pr Luther Knauff was a good and faithful servant . . . well done Pr Luther. Amen

Patsy Eakes

22 febrero , 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in my prayers.

Lisa Drum

21 febrero , 2020

Dear Lois and family,
My deepest sympathy in the passing of your father. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Lisa Burrus Drum

Wendy Crump

21 febrero , 2020

I loved and admired Pastor Knauff as he continued to come as often as he could to our services at Millers. He usually sat closed to our family and would always greet us with a smile or hug. He always had a very strong voice even when he got sick. I will always remember you Pastor Knauff . So glad your're home. God is saying: "Well Done Good And Faithful Servant."

Kit Kleinhans

20 febrero , 2020

"Well done, good and faithful servant!"

Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University offers thanks to God for the life and faithful ministry of Pastor Knauff.

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."

Mary Hartsoe

18 febrero , 2020

To the family:
I had great respect for Rev. Knauff and Mrs. Knauff. They are missed!
Mary Hartsoe
Former Secretary at Miller’s Lutheran Church

David Keck

18 febrero , 2020

Dear Ones of Pr. Luther: We (and you) have lost a wonderful servant of Jesus Christ. May you know the peace and comfort our risen Lord has for us all. In Christ's love, David (Sr) and Diana

Jim Huffman

17 febrero , 2020

Just wanted ,you to know , Lois, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers as your life goes on with your dad in your heart and mind. Shalom


17 febrero , 2020

To the family of Rev. Knauff, my sympathy to you all. I remember him fondly. When I was young I used to go to Nazareth Lutheran periodically also attending Vacation Bible School and Jr. Mission Band along with my friend Bob Schifer.

lorna ackerman

14 febrero , 2020

So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers and hugs to all of the family.....remember the memories you all shared........Love from the Ackermans


Grandpa Luther at son Philip's wedding


Grandpa Luther playing Scrabble with Kristen


Grandpa and Matilda


Grandpa Luther and Grandma Mildred at 50th wedding anniversary party


Luther and Mildred circa 1943


Luther and Mildred circa 1942


Family Portrait left to right: Scott, Tom, Michael, Lois, Craig, Tim, Ron, Karen, Luther, Mildred, Lisa, Judy, Mark, Kelly, Michelle


Grandpa Luther and Grandma Mildred at Christmas with Tim


Grandpa Luther and Grandma Mildred with all grandchildren, Tom, Tim, Scott, Lisa, Michelle and Kelly - Aug 1985