MINIER — Chester H. Knobeloch, 91, of Minier passed away at 3:55 a.m. Tuesday (Dec. 30, 2014) at Hopedale Nursing Home.
He was born Jan. 18, 1923, in Minier to Charles “Ed” and Selma A. Pleines Knobeloch. He married Elizabeth Jones on April 16, 1949, in Canton. She preceded him in death on June 20, 2006.
Surviving are two daughters, Sue Ann (Stephen) Mobley, Minier; and Jayne (Ron) Kindred, Atlanta; three grandchildren, Wendy (Jerome) Bukstein, Clive, Iowa; Colleen Mobley, Bloomington; and Jay (Ashley) Kindred, Normal; three great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Isabelle and Max Bukstein; one brother, Lawrance (Marge) Knobeloch, Newark; one sister, Minnie Atkins, Stanford; and special friends, Karen, Rick, Kenzi, and Kent Graber, Sue Delgado and Carl and Linda Weihmeir.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Strohkirch and Opal Hoover; and three brothers, Glenward, Jessie and Velde.
Chester served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater.
He worked at Caterpillar Inc. from 1946 to 1949, and then began farming until his retirement in 1987. He worked for Peine Inc. after his retirement.
He was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Minier, where he served on the church board as president and treasurer. He also served on the Association of the UCC in Peoria on the finance committee and the church and ministry committee.
He was a member of the Minier Comet Masonic Lodge no. 641 since 1948 where he served as Past Master of the Lodge and a 32 Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite Valley in Bloomington.
Chester was a member of the Tazewell County Dairy Herd Association and the Tazewell County Farm Bureau since 1949. He served as a trustee/president on the Little Mackinaw Fire District and Rescue from 1974 to 1998. He was a trustee and supervisor for Little Mackinaw Township, a member of the Minier Historical Society and helped start the Minier food pantry with other churches in Minier.
He enjoyed playing cards and dominoes.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Minier. The Rev. Dwight Borden will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at St. John’s Faith Fellowship Hall in Minier, followed by a Masonic service at 5 p.m. Burial will be in Minier Cemetery. Davis-Oswald Funeral Home in Hopedale is handling the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Community Cancer Center in Normal, Minier Rescue or to St. John's UCC.
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