Edmund Francis Knowles

August 27, 1949October 10, 2020

Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church. Survived by: Rose (Ampleman) Knowles his wife of 44 years; Killian Knowles (son); Ellen (Knowles) Wobbeking (sister) Nieces (11), nephews (16), great-nieces (15), great nephews (13), great-great nieces (2) and great-great nephew (1).

Also survived by many friends made throughout his life: through his work for the City of Saint Louis; while playing golf and bocce, while cycling, or while working out at the YMCA; friends from St. Ambrose parish; friendships formed with Baseball Dads and Moms over many years traveling together to baseball tournaments; POHH (weekly happy hour /world traveling group); and beloved childhood friend Glen Ammons.

Preceded in death by: William John Knowles (father), Margaret Agnes Knowles (mother), William J. Knowles Jr. (brother), James J. Knowles (brother), Theresa C. Bates (sister), Margaret M. Knowles (sister)

Ed was born in Albia, Iowa and grew up on the family farm in Melrose, Iowa. He graduated in 1971 from Iowa State University with a BS degree in Business and Psychology; and in 1973 with a MS in Industrial Psychology. Ed was a devoted City of Saint Louis employee for 40 years managing six different sections within the Department of Personnel over the course of his tenure. Ed also worked for one year with the City of Kansas City Department of Personnel. Ed was active in human resource professional organizations and attained certifications specific to his work. Ed also completed coursework (ABD) toward a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Missouri - Saint Louis. Ed and Rose met in 1973 as co-workers in the Department of Personnel, married in 1976, and in 1993 they traveled to Ukraine to bring home their son. Of all the roles in life Ed was most proud of being Dad and best buddy to Killian. Ed was constantly striving to pass on to Killian personal values he learned on the farm and believed in: family, faith, and education.

Ed was proud to be a brother-in-law and uncle Ed and sometimes "uncle Jesus". He was dearly loved by 58 nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and great great nieces and a great great nephew.

Ed also loved and talked about all the dogs in his life, from Boots on the farm to Cyclone, Millie, Yugi, and finally Smokey. Ed walked his dogs every day of their lives and often singing to them with songs he made up using their name. Ed was an avid sports fan of the Iowa State Cyclone basketball team and the St Louis Cardinals.

Ed retired from the City of Saint Louis in 2014 and spent his time cycling (completed two RAGBRAI events), volunteering, reading, working crossword puzzles, walking and hiking, and traveling domestically and internationally. He also enjoyed listening to local musicians at his favorite venues like the Boathouse in Forest Park, and Venice Café in Soulard.

Funeral Arrangements: Gifted his body to Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Center for Anatomical Science and Education- Memorial Mass: St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Saturday, October 24th, 2:00 pm If desired, donations in Edmund’s name may be made to, Peter and Paul Community Services (PPCS); 2612 Wyoming Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118-2402, or The Backstoppers Inc., PO Box 795168, Saint Louis, MO 63179-0700


24 October

Funeral Mass - Saturday

2:00 pm

St. Ambrose Catholic Church

5130 Wilson Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110


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Vincent Bates

October 17, 2020

Uncle Ed was a huge influence on my life. His warmth and understanding and ability to communicate with children and adults alike is something that I will never forget. I so much wanted to be like him when I grew up. I’ve been sharing this memory a lot lately: One of my oldest and most fond memories was attending Ed and Rose’s wedding when I was three or four years old. I remember my parents, Theresa and Paul Bates, suggested that I go over and shake his hand and congratulate him. I felt so proud of myself and so adult for going over and shaking his hand like a grown-up. Especially when he and Rose were the center of attention and they paid attention to me, just a little boy, as if I was somebody special too. But that is what Ed did, he made everyone feel special. I’m so glad he got to be a father to share those feelings and good times with his son. In looking through old photo albums at my dad’s house recently for pictures of Ed, I came across a photo of that handshake. I immediately wept from the emotion of seeing that moment. The smile on his face in that happy time is how I will always remember him and how he made me feel every time I was around him. I’m proud to have Knowles as my middle name because the name is something I share with him and my mom, as her maiden name. I took a photo of that old Polaroid. I’m including it here.

Richard Brainerd

October 17, 2020

My condolences to the family. I was associated with Ed through IPMA-HR for many years. Ed and I attended many baseball games while also attending conferences. I have very fond memories of Ed. He was a great addition to the HR family in St Louis and IPMA. He will be greatly missed !
Past President

Ron Seeker

October 15, 2020

My condolences to Ed’s family. I knew Ed as a colleague and fellow Human Resources professional.for many years.


October 13, 2020

Rose, Killian and Ellen,
I echo Brother Dean's sincere sympathies in Ed's passing. I remember Ed as almost seeming like one of our own family sometimes. Ed and Ellen were our close neighbors, walk-to-school friends and just about the only classmates we had. I think I remember correctly that the last year of country school, there were six total students.... Ed and five Ammons'.

Our thoughts and prayers continue with your family, folks.

Dean Ammons

October 12, 2020

Rose and family and Ellen - very sorry to hear that Ed has passed.
He was a great neighbor and playmate and fellow student at our little country school in Iowa.

Richard Bradley

October 12, 2020

Very sorry to hear about Ed's passing. He was a very nice guy and a wonderful employee for the City of St. Louis. May he rest in God's eternal peace.


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