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Joseph Knoll, of Ogilvie, passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at his home.  He was 83 years old.

GRAVESIDE SERVICE will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at St. Kathryn’s Catholic Cemetery in Ogilvie.

Joseph Theodore Knoll Jr., of Ogilvie, passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at his home. He was 83 years old.

Joseph Jr. was born on October 14, 1936 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to parents Joseph Sr. and Nadine (Greiner) Knoll.  He enlisted in the United States Navy where he traveled the world during the Korean War in service to his country.  After his discharge, Joe continued to travel by hauling freight over the road in his prized Peterbilt 18 wheeler.

For many years Joe enjoyed owning and operating the Cottonwood Resort on Briggs Lake near Clear Lake, MN.  He retired to Ogilvie where he was able to enjoy fishing with family and friends on the Ann River any chance he got.  He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents, sister Joan Bauer, and grandson BJ Matthies.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Sally; children, Cheryl (Jeffrey) Miller of Spring Hill, FL, Robert of Duluth, Richard of Brunswick, Catherine (Kevin) Matthies of Spring Hill, FL, Crystal Lee of Isanti, Jennifer (John) Gohl of Palm Harbor, FL, Jacqueline (John) VanKeuren-Meuffel of Eudora, KS, and Melinda (Randy) Wold of Twin Valley; 25 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren; brother Robert (Sharon) of Mora; sister Nadine Bauer of Oklahoma; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


3 thoughts on “JOSEPH KNOLL JR.”

  1. I will miss the fishing trips, the smiles, the hugs and those blue eyes. I love you, Dad.

  2. Daddy, My hero so many times in my life, always there in the background providing safe comfort. All the jokes we shared, I will treasure and remember the laughter. I will miss you every day for the rest of my life. The greatest man in my life. Close by, far away and in between.

  3. Daddy, I cannot say and will not say that you are dead. You are just away on an extended fishng trip. You leave me wondering and dreaming of how you are faring…if the fish are biting with every splash of your baited hook. I can shed tears that you are gone or I can smile because you lived your life your way. I can close my eyes and pray that you will visit in my dreams. Or I can open my eyes and see all that you left.  My heart can be empty because I can’t see you or it can be full of the love that we shared.  I can turn my back on tomorrow and live for yesterday or I can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.  I can remember only that you are gone or I can cherish your memory and let it live on. I can cry, close my mind, be empty or I can do what you would have wanted.  To smile, open my eyes, love and live.

    I love that Grayfox!  He is the best part of me and I am like him in so many ways. 

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