Roy Wallace Knoespel
Roy Wallace Knoespel, age 89, of Brillion passed away Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at West Haven Assisted Living. He was born June 5, 1923, in Forest Junction, to the late William and Wilhemina Knoespel. On June 5, 1948, he married Lois Pearson at the Freidens Church, Brillion. Roy was a graduate of Brillion High School in 1940 where he was a member of the boys varsity basketball team. He served in the Army Infantry during WWII, seeing combat in both France and Germany. After being Honorably discharged, he returned to Brillion to work on the family farm and the local feed mill. He then operated the Brillion Garage as a co-owner prior to moving his family to River Falls, Wis. to start his career in Farm Equipment Sales. During this time, Roy worked for Oliver Corp, White Farm Equipment Co. and the farm equipment division of Brillion Iron Works while living in Waunakee, Wis. and Manchester, Iowa. During that time, he was named Outstanding Sales Manager eight consecutive years. During his time in Waunakee, he established the Midget Basketball Program for boys in sixth through eighth grade. Roy had a lifetime love of sports following the Packers and UW teams. He was an avid supporter of Brillion athletics attending both home and away games. Roy ushered at the Badger home football games, often taking his children to the games with him. He drove Brillion School bus for many years and enjoyed driving various sports teams to their away games. Roy was active in his Church, sang in the choir and held various committee positions. He had a great love of a well cared for lawn and honed this skill working at Deer Run Golf Course. Survivors include his wife, Lois children Pamela (John) Lindner of Rubicon, Wis., Tim (Ann) Knoespel of Brillion, Scott (Gina) Knoespel, of North Branch, Minn.; grandchildren Jason Lindner, Abby (Matt) Lewek, Dylan Knoespel, Jacob Knoespel, Jade Knoespel; and great-grandchildren Mackenzie and Anika Lewek. He is further survived by his sister, Gladys Oskey, as well as several nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by siblings Hattie, Mabel, Herbert, Harold, Clarence, Florence, Allen, Willard, Duane. Funeral Services will be held at Faith United Methodist Church, Brillion on Friday, Sept. 21, with visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. Funeral Services to follow officiated by Susan Safford-Gaul. Burial will be at Highland Memorial Cemetery, Appleton WI. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com. Wieting Funeral Home, Brillion, assisted the family with arrangements.