2011-02-05 / Obituaries

Edgar Willard Knowlton, Sr.,

Edgar Willard Knowlton, Sr., 91 of Buckeye Lake, passed away early Friday morning, January 28, 2011 at his home.

Sometimes known as “Fast Eddy” to his friends and family, he was the oldest of 13 children born to Edna (Dye) and Stephen Knowlton. He was born September 29, 1919, in Graysville, Ohio. He was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army serving with the 37th Infantry Division in the South Pacific and discharged as a Staff Sergeant. Edgar is registered at the WWII Memorial Monument in Washington, D.C.

A man who was set in his ways, he enjoyed camping in his Airstream camper and was an avid hunter. Edgar possessed a strong work ethic and performed all his tasks with a great deal of quality. He retired from General Motors where he was a millwright. He was also an accomplished carpenter.

Always ready to enjoy himself, Edgar enjoyed dancing and going to the social clubs. He was a life member of Buckeye Lake Eagles, Millersport V.F.W., Thornville AMVETS and the Newark American Legion.

He is survived by two daughters, Mary Ruth Knowlton Yoakam of The Villages, FL and Linda Knowlton (Brian Boling) of Thornville; son, Edgar W. (Lynda) Knowlton, Jr. of New Martinsville, WV; grandchildren, Ty Yoakam, Terrilynn (James) Montano, Micah Yoakam, Jobi Dishon, Edgar “Butch” Knowlton, III, Rob E. (Shawna) Knowlton and Shauna (Russ) Heil; great-grandchildren, Taylor Montano, Morgan Montano, Hunter Dishon, Nicolas, Natalie, Jacob Edgar, Noah, and Sarah “Izzy” Knowlton, Brian Faggeines, Andrew Heil and Caroline Heil; two brothers, Howard and Harley Knowlton; four sisters, Irene Stull, Beryl Couch, Betty Ison and Peggy Briggs; a sister-in-law, Pearl Knowlton; caregiver, Shirley Colley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Josephine in 1997; parents; three sisters, Ruth Frasher, Nina Dilgard and Mary Ellen Wheatcraft; and three brothers, Harold Lee, Alfred and Lorn Knowlton.

Friends may visit from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Friday, February 4, 2011 at the Ashland Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 308 Claremont Avenue, Ashland. Additional visitation will be observed one hour prior to the funeral service Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home. Pastor Mark Abel will conduct the service. Burial will follow in Ashland Cemetery with military honors by the Ashland Veteran’s Honor Guard. Online guest registry at www.wappner.com

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