VeteranRobert Knous

Robert KnousRobert L. “Rab” Knous, 77, of Rushville, died at 9:02 p.m. May 9, 2010, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.

He was born Jan. 24, 1933, in Rushville, a son of Glen and Mary Illman Knous. He married Betty Fetch on Aug. 7, 1959, in Rushville. She survives.

Also surviving are two children, Julie (and Alan “Buzz”) Thomas of Littleton and Robert L. “Rob” (and Caryn) Knous, Jr. of Morris; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Gene and Harlan Knous; and three sisters, Lois Wright, LaVeta Vignovich and Ina Jane Patterson.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.

He first worked as an animator on the film Sleeping Beauty with Disney Studios from 1957 to 1959. In 1959, he returned to Rushville and worked as a greens keeper at Scripps Park. He worked for area contractors in Rushville and Beardstown as a carpenter. He then became manager of Meyer’s Superette in Beardstown for five years, after that he became a self-employed carpenter retiring in 1995.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Rushville; PRIDE; Schuyler American Legion Post #4, where he participated with the military honors detail; 40 et 8; Voiture 1100; and was a Master Gardener through the University of Illinois Extension Service.

He also was an alderman for City of Rushville in the 1970s, a former member of Beardstown ELKS, Rushville Masonic Lodge #9 A.F. and A.M., 22 Club, Ansar Shrine and former president of Schuyler County Shrine.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Rushville City Cemetery with Rev. Steve Pichaske officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the U.S. Army Burial Detail and Schuyler American Legion Post #4. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.

Memorials may be made to his church or the Master Gardener Program.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 5/12/2010