Henry James Knoch

June 6, 1939October 8, 2017

Henry James “Jim” Knoch, 78 years old of West Palm Beach, FL, passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017.

He was born on June 16, 1939, in Akron, OH, to Barbara and Henry Knoch.

Jim was a wonderful and loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend.

He proudly served his country in the US Airforce. He was an F4 Phantom Fighter Pilot, and also earned his Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart, as well as many other air medals.

After his military service, he worked as a commercial pilot for Pan American Airways, and retired from Delta Airlines.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Sandra; daughters, Christy Cavanaugh (Patrick), Karen Knoch, Kim Knoch (Pam Garmon),; granddaughters, Carlin Fritz (Michael) and Bailey Cavanaugh; sister, Sharon Bouyoucas.

Services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial Donations in Jim’s honor may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research,

Arrangements under the direction of Dorsey-E. Earl Smith Funeral Home, Lake Worth, FL.


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Everett "EJ" Sherwood

November 2, 2017

I was just made aware of Jim's departure so please forgive my tardiness. I served as Jim's Crew Chief in the 557th TFS at Cam Ranh AB, RVN, during the war. His name was painted on the canopy rail of my F-4C. My sincere condolences to Sandra and family. Everett "E J"Sherwood

Bob FitzGibbons

October 24, 2017

Great memories from back in the day in Coral Springs. Everyone loved "Little Jim" and Sandy. You'll be sorely missed and our deepest sympathy to Sandy and family.
Bob and Carol FitzGibbons

Hugo Kurtz

October 23, 2017

I've missed Jim and his dry witted humor.
I share you sadness at his passing.

October 22, 2017

Nina and I are so sorry. Jim was one of the best. Leonard

Skip & RoseMary Milotzky

October 21, 2017

Dear Sandi & Family,
We were genuinely sorry to learn of Jim's passing. We know that these past few years have not been easy on either of you. We hope the memories of much happier times will help to ease your sorrow. We sure missed you, both, at the reunions and will remember you in our prayers. 64-C

Gene White

October 20, 2017

Dear Sandi
I am sorry to hear of Jims death. I always enjoyed hearing his stories at our 64C reunions. One of my favorites was when he stepped over the display rope and sat down in a martin Baker ejection seat and held up the D ring and said that he had 3 of them hanging in his garage. Again my deepest sympathy for your loss.
Gene White 64C

October 15, 2017

Dear Sandi and Family,
I can't express how badly we feel upon hearing of Jim's passing!
We go back so far, and you share those special memories. Time is taking a toll on us, but we still have our memories. Jim was the best! Our deepest sympathy to you all.
Jim and Joan Swanson