Daniel "Dan" Knoechelman
May 14, 1924 – January 29, 2013
KNOECHELMAN, DANIEL "DAN," 88, passed away Tuesday evening, January 29, 2013.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 19 years, Mary P. Baudendistle. Dan is survived by his stepchildren, Patricia Moon (Larry), Michael Miller (Linda) and Marvin Miller (Soledad). He was also survived by five grandchildren, four great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Dan will also be missed by his many friends at Beaver Lake Estates.
Dan served his country heroically during World War II as an Army paratrooper and participated in many battles in the European theatre. He was awarded the EAME Theatre ribbon, six Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart with Two Oak Clusters and a Bronze Star Medal. "Corporal Daniel Knoechelman (then private first class) 517th Parachute Infantry, United States Army, awarded for heroic achievement in action. On the afternoon of January 13, 1945, in the vicinity of Coulee, Belgium, Corporal Knoechelman, 81mm Mortar Platoon Gunner was called on to place fire on enemy positions during an attack in that sector. During the attack, in which the other gun in his section had been knocked out and his own disabled, Corporal Knoechelman left cover, despite intense enemy fire and taking parts from the other disabled gun, repaired his own and took over the sector with one gun. Although subjected to heavy mortar, artillery and direct tank fire Corporal Knoechelman, with utter disregard for his own personal safety, stuck to his position and continued to place mortar fire on the enemy positions causing heavy causalities and disorganization ." Dan earned EAME Theater Ribbon w/ 6 Bronze Stars, Purple Heart w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters and Bronze Star Medal. Dan was also the vice president for Whitehouse Painting contractors.
Dan's family would like to invite his friends to celebrate his memory from 4-8p.m. Friday, February 1, 2013 at Arch L. Heady at Resthaven, 4400 Bardstown Road. A graveside service will be held noon, Saturday, February 2, 2013 in the Mausoleum Chapel of Evergreen Cemetery with entombment to follow.
Please visit us online at www.archlheadyresthaven.com
- Visitation Friday, February 1, 2013
- Graveside Service Saturday, February 2, 2013
Daniel "Dan" Knoechelman
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Don & Joyce & Landon Peach
February 2, 2013
Dan was a great friend and neighbor. I missed he & Pat so much after their move about 3 years ago. We had a lot of great times together and Landon loved them so much. I have such fond memories of the times we had together. My last visit to his home in Louisville was last year right before Pat broke her back. I took Landon and Joyce and we really enjoyed that visit. Rest in peace my friend.
January 31, 2013
I was saddened to hear the news about Dan. The word to best describe him is Gentleman, in every sense of the word. He was such a nice, kind & special man. Some of my best memories of Dan were the times I spent with him and Pat at their Lawrenceburg home. It did not matter if we were there for Bunco or for a party (that my whole family was always invited as well), Dan loved having us there and always made everyone feel welcome. He was so proud of their beautiful home and loved taking guests for a ride on his boat. Pat & Dan were THE ULTIMATE Host & Hostess!! You could always tell they were having a great time and loving every minute of it. That is what made them so special and made everyone enjoy it as well. My boys have wonderful memories of going to Grandma Pat & Dans Lake House. They were always treated as one of the grandkids and had such great times there.
Every year,after Christmas, I looked forward to hearing of the crazy, cool gifts that Dan would come up with for his family. He was so creative!
After reading all the military information about Dan, I only wish he had not been so private about his military career and that I would have had an opportunity to thank him for his service and talk to him about all those metals he received. Oh and to hear the stories that went with those honors, what a treat that would have been!!
Yes, the news was sad, but now he is at peace and back with Pat, just where he always wanted to be. He was truly blessed when he met Pat and became a part of her family. Yes, a special, Gentleman indeed. He will be missed, but always remembered fondly!
Love Cheryl (& Family)