A memorial gathering to celebrate the life of Clifford Edwin Knebel, 85, of Paynesville will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 25, 2013 at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Cliff passed away on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at home surrounded by his loving family. Private burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls.
Cliff was born on February 27, 1928 in Paynesville to Edwin and Esther (Otto) Knebel. He grew up in the Paynesville area and served in the US Marine Corps during WWII. He married Donna Donner on February 27, 1947 and five children were born to this union. Cliff and Donna farmed all of their married lives. After retiring, Cliff enjoyed planting food plots for the deer and pheasants. He also enjoyed deer hunting with his family. Cliff was a ten year volunteer for the St. Cloud VA Medical Center.
Cliff is survived by his wife, Donna of Paynesville; children, Joyce (Craig) Kelly of Atwater, Jay (Annie) Knebel of Florida, Julie (Leon) Spanier of Califorinia, Janet Klein of Paynesville, Jim (Margaret) Knebel of Pillager; 11 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and two sisters.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials are preferred to the Rose Center in Paynesville.