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Charlie Kneisl

Charles Anthony Kneisl, 76, of Kerkhoven, Minn., formerly of Bluffton and Wadena, died Monday, July 13, 2009, at Bethesda Heritage Center in Willmar.

He was born on May 14, 1933, in Bluffton, the son of John and Clara (Price) Kneisl. He grew up in the Bluffton and Wadena area where he attended country school. At a young age, he began working a milk route and later enlisted in the Army. He served his country from 1953 during the Korean Conflict, receiving an honorable discharge in 1955. He married Carolyn Drier on Oct. 5, 1957 in Plum City, Wis. He received his mechanical training at a technical school in Fargo. The couple then moved to Ellsworth, Wis., Zumbrota, Minn., Waldport, Ore., and Long Lake, Minn. They settled in Kerkhoven in 1973 where he became a partner at Kerkhoven Ford Tractor. He later opened his own shop, Chuck's Welding and Repair. Due to health reasons he entered the nursing home in 2004.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Willmar where he was active in the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the Brendon-Johnson American Legion Post 223 and the Town and Country Club in Kerkhoven. He worked hard his whole life and in his free time he enjoyed pitching horseshoes and playing Pinochle. He enjoyed spending time with his family fishing and camping.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, July 18, at the Church of St. Mary's in Willmar. Burial will be at a later date.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Carolyn of Kerkhoven; children, William (and Mary) Kneisl of Maynard, Minn., Dick (and Deb) Kneisl of Kerkhoven, Cynthia Kneisl of Stillwater, Minn., Patricia (and Brian) Cohn of Northfield, Minn., James (and Kim) Kneisl of Delano, Minn.; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild on the way; his sisters, Annette Lancaster of Verndale, Margaret Hammerschmidt of Alexandria, Marie (and Jack) King of Sherman, Texas, Bernadine Boecker of Grey Eagle; and brother, John (and Reatha) Kneisl of Minneapolis.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Rita Kneisl.