Wesley Chester Knecht

March 10, 1953June 18, 2018

Wesley C. Knecht, 65 of Elk Rapids passed away Monday, June 18, 2018 at his home. Wesley was born on March 1, 1953 to Albert and Amanda (Stuckle) Knecht in Gackle, ND. He graduated with a Pharmacy degree from the North Dakota State University in 1976. Wesley married Theresa Thybault on July 28, 1979 in Midland, MI.

Wes was very instrumental in helping other pharmacists to establish their own operations, and eventually fulfilled his own dream when he was finally able to open his own pharmacy in sunny Elk Rapids where he became the Corner Druggist. He loved the community in which he served, and cared deeply for the people. His customers were his friends.

He was very active in his community where he strongly believed it was his “mission” to serve others. He was a longtime member of the Michigan Pharmacy Association, was a Rotarian with the Elk Rapids Chapter, a member of the DDA and Housing Commission, member of the Elk Rapids Chamber of Commerce, and attended Kewadin Methodist Church. Wes also enjoyed reading, gardening and cooking. Most importantly, his greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Theresa, children; Kristen (Andrew), Rachel (Jason), David (Ambica) and five grandchildren, Lili, Richard, Margot, Raahm, and Sophie. He is also survived by several brothers and sisters. He was preceded in death by one grandchild, his parents, father-in-law and sister-in-law.

A Memorial Services will be held in September. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Wes’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc., the Elk Rapids Rotary, American Cancer Society, or Hospice of Michigan, or do an act of kindness in your community.


  • American Diabetes Association
  • Elk Rapids Rotary
  • American Cancer Society
  • Hospice of Michigan

Wesley Chester Knecht

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Jan Fox

December 14, 2018

I'm so sorry that I had no idea. I've lived in G.T. county all my life. When we moved into the Elk Rapids area, I was so elated to find Wes and his Corner Drug store! Wes was the best. He was the epitome of 'small town pharmacist' and such a joy to get our prescriptions from. He actually made filling a prescription an 'enjoyable' (and educational) experience. He was personal in a way I've never experienced with a professional pharmacist. He was so kind and helpful- and yes, absolutely a friend to everyone. He helped me out with my prescriptions so many times; when I had a question or was in a bind or needed to talk it through to make an educated decision. I totally agree with one comment I saw here-- he was as good or better than any Dr. . I've never known a professional like him. I am so sorry to have missed the service. We would have loved to be there. Wes- you are gone way too soon. Many many blessings to his family from the Fox's.

Pat Dixon

June 24, 2018

Dear Theresa:
We stayed with Wes at the Corner Druggest even when we left Elk Rapids moving to Williamsburg. Wes was caring, funny and a true small town business man who really knew his customers. One time I needed medicine, Jim was out of town and Wes offered to bring it to my house. I did find a friend to pick it up but, I’ve never forgotten this extra step of kindness!!
Bless you and your family, both Jim and I want to extend our sympathy and let you know how
much we thought of Wes.
Sincerely, Jim& Pat Dixon

Carol Sobbry

June 24, 2018

My thoughts and prayers go out to Theresa and families... Wes will deeply be missed by our litl community of Elk Rapids and Kewadin, he played a big roll and was very caring to his customers. I had the pleasure of working for Wes for 10 1/2 years. He hired me the day I dropped off my App. I loved my job . We've had our ups and downs, but you could never stay mad at him. He's helped me in so many ways. Especially when I got sick in Mexico. I had to call Wes. You'd never know he had a sense of humor but he did. He'd have that smirk and then tell you something funny. He had the BIGGEST HEART OF GOLD... He helped so many customers through out the years I worked for him. I referred to him as Dr. Wes because of his intelligence. I told him he's smarter than a lot of doctors. He was the best Pharmacist . He taught me a lot . I got a chuckle out of him being in the chicken suit during the rotary shows. He was comical. The last Rotary show he asked me "is this seat taken next to you?" I said yes, its for Wes Knecht. He chuckled and said you smart allic with a big grin and I had a big smile joking with him... He was very dedicated to his job and the community... if anyone had an emergency, any hour of the night, he'd be at the pharmacy in a heart beat to make sure you got ur scripts... Wes , You were taken too soon. You were finally starting to enjoy life more , the grandkids and traveling... God Bless and Rest In Paradise... 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Ann Knecht

June 21, 2018

Dear Theresa and family, Thinking of you from across the miles and praying your sweet memories of Wesley fill your hearts and minds...hearts remember the love they felt. May those memories be of comfort and remind you of the joy shared and bring you peace amid the tears. Larry often spoke of the rhubarb, cream and eggs Wesley took to college to make delightful German treats for his friends and the trips he was able to make to Michigan. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal...but love leaves a memory no one can steal. Praying for God's hand of comfort, love, Larry and Ann Knecht