Thomas J. “Tom” Knebel, 83, died on Nov. 5, 2015 at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16 at the McGilley & Sheil Chapel in Kansas City, Mo. A second visitation will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Independence, Mo., where a funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m.
He was born on Jan. 9, 1932 in Pierron to Walter W. and Lena (Spengel) Knebel. He grew up on the family farm in Pierron and graduated from St. Paul High School in Highland. He studied at Eastern Illinois University, before marrying Mary L. Hummert of Breese and settling in Highland.
Mr. Knebel then began his career as a salesman, and then sales manager, for Alton Box Co., while building their first house with his own hands and raising five children. After a couple of moves, the family settled in Kansas City, Mo.
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Following his divorce in 1972, he began a 40-plus-year relationship with “the love of his life,” Judy J. Knebel.
Mr. Knebel loved being on or near the water with the family he loved. He spent every summer vacation with his children, his siblings and extended family on Table Rock Lake, where everyone learned and loved to water ski, swim and fish. He never knew a stranger, was a great cook, and his best memories revolved around sharing good food with loved ones.
In addition to Judy, he is survived by his children, Karen (Harold) Brooks, Vicki Davis, Beth (Randy) Callstrom and Tom (Susan) Knebel; Judy’s daughter, Kelly Kenney; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; brothers, Al (Ellen) Knebel and John (Marie) Knebel; and a sister-in-law, Dottie Knebel.
He was preceded in death by his parents; youngest daughter, Mary Jo; Judy’s daughter, Julie Hanson; a brother, William Knebel; and sisters, Dolores Blasco and Celeste Knebel.
Memorials may be made to St. Mark’s (stmarksparish.com) or to St. Luke’s Hospice House (saintlukesgiving.org/hospice).