OBITUARY

Steven P. Knothe

April 20, 1951October 12, 2020
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Steven P. Knothe, 69, was called to his heavenly home on Monday, October 12, 2020. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, April 20, 1951.

Steve graduated from Concordia High School in 1969. He attended Indiana University until he chose to serve his country in the Army Reserves. Steve was devoted to his family and cherished time spent with them. He was a devout Christian and avid fisherman and reader. He loved sports, interacting with people, and spending vacations on Sanibel Island. He was a former owner of Henderson Reed Garden Center, and later worked in sales at Polar King Int’l, Target and Umber’s Hardware. Steve is survived by his wife of 37 years, Rita; sons Jason (Jennifer) and Sean (Rachelle); four granddaughters; and a sister, Sue Bell. He was preceded in death by his parents Herb and Joan Knothe, and a sister, Diane Vickers.

A memorial service will be held Monday, October 19, 2020 at 3:00 P.M at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church (7710 East State Blvd, Fort Wayne). Join us for a visitation on Sunday, October 18, 2020 from 2-6 pm at Hockemeyer Miller Funeral Home (6131 St. Joe Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46835).

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, or a Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Please visit www.hockemeyermillerfh.com to sign the online guestbook.

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PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Memorial Visitation

    Sunday, October 18, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Monday, October 19, 2020

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Dennis & Linda Troy

October 17, 2020

I typed like 3 messages so far, & then I delete & write more. We were so lucky to have Steve Knothe & the entire Knothe family in our lives. He was a friend & coach for our son Keith, he always stopped in the neighborhood if he saw Kristy outside & chatted away. We had team picnics, parties, so many laughs thru the years, & so many other activities with our kids school and whatever else thru the years. He was so funny, he had the best laugh ever, but if you needed his help, he would be right there to help you get whatever taken care of. To Jason, Sean & your families keep him in your heart and always keep your memories, he will be watching over you. To our dear friend Rita, you know we love you & Dennis & I want to be there for you, But you know the Parkinson’s gets in his way most times. You can pick up your phone any hour any day, call us, we are here for you. We have everyone in our thoughts and prayers.

David Friedrich

October 17, 2020

To The Knothe Family:

Steve was a very long time friend going back to my high school days!! From the days of the owners of the Sunoco station across from Concordial High School helping me out with my car to Henderson Reed helping me out with my yard, Steve was always available to help me out with my needs and problems! Both he and his Dad were great to all my family!! We even played softball together for many years with Pizza Hut! He was the fastest runner that I have ever seen! Steve will be sorely missed but is definitely in a better place!!

Sincerely,

David Friedrich

Jim and Diane Witzenman

October 16, 2020

Dear Sue,
So sorry to hear of Steve's passing! You and his family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Jesus' peace and comfort to you all.

Chris Goeglein

October 16, 2020

I remember Steve getting to go to Canada on the “guys” fishing trips with my Dad. My Dad always came back with the response “we had a great time.” I guess “what happened in Canada, stayed in Canada .” I’m not sure Steve would say the same, but we were all jealous that he got the invite and we didn’t. Lol.
Not really... No indoor plumbing so I was happy to be “out.” Haha.
I always remember laughing when Steve was around. He had the best stories and the best way of telling stories. RIP, Steve.
Chris

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