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Donald Knebel

September 26, 1928 ~ January 21, 2024 (age 95) 95 Years Old

Donald Knebel Obituary

Funeral services for Donald Knebel, age 95, of Norfolk, Nebraska will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 26, 2024, at Home for Funerals Chapel, 708 Georgia Avenue, in Norfolk. Reverend Gordon Braun will officiate, with burial in Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Norfolk.

Military honors will be provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1644, American Legion Post 16, and Army National Guard Honor Guard.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the chapel.

Donald died Sunday, January 21, 2024, at Norfolk Veterans Home.

Donald Ernest Knebel was born in Norfolk, Nebraska on September 26, 1928, to Ernest and Elna (Sasse) Knebel. He grew up on the family farm south of Norfolk, attended District #37 rural school, and graduated from Norfolk Senior High School in 1946.

Don attended the University of Nebraska and graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture. He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Alpha Zeta, Block and Bridle Club, Tri-K, and UNL Ag Executive Board. He also played trombone in the UNL ROTC Marching Band.

After graduation, Don entered the United States Army and spent most of his tour at Fort Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska as a Food Inspection Technician.

Don married JoAnn Donaldson on March 7, 1954, in Lincoln, Nebraska. To this union, two daughters were born, Kathleen and Nancy. The family lived and farmed south of Norfolk for ten years. His specialties were purebred Hampshire hogs and a DeKalb Seed Dealership.

In 1965, Don joined the DeKalb Seed Company as a Sales Representative and District Sales Manager. The family moved to Hastings, Nebraska and in 1975 relocated to O’Neill, Nebraska, where he retired in 1986, having been involved in sales and service for 31 years with DeKalb. He received many DeKalb awards and special sales recognitions.

Don enjoyed the outdoors. During his early years, he was an avid hunter and fisherman. In later years, he spent his leisure time fishing and hunting with his grandson, Josh, and friends. He also enjoyed raising garden produce. Last but not least, Don was an antique and collectible pursuer, attending auction sales and shows. He was an avid follower of the Nebraska Huskers.

Don is survived by his daughters, Kathleen Knebel and Nancy (Kent) Monk of Omaha; three grandchildren, Joshua, Abby, and Beth; great-grandchildren Tyler. Colin, Ellie, Jack, and Elizabeth; brother-in-law, Edward Taddicken of Hastings, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, JoAnn; great-granddaughter, Emma Jo Olsen; brother, William Knebel; sister-in-law, Patty Knebel; brother-in-law, James Donaldson; and sister-in-law, Wilma Taddicken.

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January 26, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Home for Funerals Chapel
708 Georgia Avenue
Norfolk, NE 68701

Funeral Service
January 26, 2024

11:00 AM
Home for Funerals Chapel
708 Georgia Avenue
Norfolk, NE 68701


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