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Obituary for Ronald William Knaus

MIDDLETON/CROSS PLAINS-Ronald William Knaus, 82, of Middleton/Cross Plains passed away on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at Heartland Country Village in Black Earth, Wis., served lovingly by Home Health United Hospice.  He was born on July 5, 1935 in Chicago, Ill., the son of Laura and Joseph Knaus.  He married the love of his life, Mary B. Little, on Oct. 26, 1963.  Together they raised five wonderful children and had a blessed life of marriage for 53 years. Ron served in the US Army from 1958 to 1960. He was stationed in Germany. He has been a salesman for his entire life. He worked for Sears. Montgomery Ward and Catholic Knights Insurance Company.  Ron is survived by his wife, Mary; son, Ron Knaus; his daughter, Peg (Pat) Keeler; son, Joe (Jessica) Knaus; daughter, Jenny (Kevin) Klepper; daughter, Mary (Peter) Merritt; brother, Tom Knaus; sister, Laurie (Joe) Coffee; grandchildren, Jackson, Jonas, Lydia, Elie, Hannah; and many nieces and nephews who adored him.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Laura and Joseph Knaus.  For all of you who knew Ron, you understand how much he loved his family and friends. Ron loved being with people and developed deep, meaningful relationships with so many.  He had many interests including participating in Civil War reenactments and shooting competitions. Ron sang with the Madison Maennerchor for 37 years. Ron was a known historian with a passion for military history, especially the Civil War and World War I and II.  Tradition and ceremony were very important to Ron and he kept them alive within his family and the many clubs in which he actively participated.  He loved and fostered the Slovenian traditions for Easter, teaching the family how to respect and honor their culture.  Another example of keeping ceremonies alive, was Ron’s involvement in bringing Wreaths Across America to the area with the Sons of Union Veterans.  Throughout the years, it was not unusual to see Ron participating in parades and ceremonies to honor veterans.  Ron loved the outdoors and spent time every summer at the family cottage swimming, boating, and fishing. He was an avid hunter and target shooter. He and Mary traveled to many wonderful places over the years.   A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. BERNARDS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 7450 University Ave, Middleton, at 11 a.m. on Friday July 21, 2017, with Fr. Brian Wilk presiding. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON WEST FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 7435 University Ave., Middleton, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, 2017, and also on Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.  Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.In lieu of flowers please make donations to Home Health Care United Hospice, 2802 Walton Commons Lane, Madison, WI 53718 Gunderson West Funeral & Cremation Care7435 University Ave608-831-6761


Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

20

Jul

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Gunderson West Funeral & Cremation Care

7435 University Ave
Middleton, WI 53562

Visitation

Friday

21

Jul

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
St. Bernard Catholic Church (University)

7450 University Avenue
Middleton, WI

Mass of Christian Burial

Friday

21

Jul

11:00 AM
St. Bernard Catholic Church (University)

7450 University Avenue
Middleton, WI


Memorial Contribution

Home Health United Hospice

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