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Cloy D. Kneeskern


Wed, Jun 4th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Cloy D. Kneeskern, 84, of Preston, Minn. died Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at his home surrounded by family.

He leaves a wife, Laurice; children Gary of Preston; Sheri (Pat Dunnigan) of Bellingham, Wash.; Dave (Carol) of Greenfield, Iowa; Sandra (Mike) Welch of Chicago, Ill.; Beth of Des Moines, Iowa; and Mark (Shannon) of Terlingua, Texas; grandchidren Trista (Adam) Rowland of Wykoff, Minn.; Tommy Welch of Chicago; Katie Welch of Chicago; Annie Kneeskern of Boseman, Mont.; and great-grandchildren, McKenzie and Carson Rowland of Wykoff. He is also survived by sister JoAnn Miller of Preston, and Wayne Kneeskern, Richland, Iowa.

Cloy is preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law Lyle Miller, and sister-in-law Gert Kneeskern.

Cloy was born on July 22, 1929, in Castalia, Iowa to Elsie (Schultz) and Dean Kneeskern. He attended schools in Frankville, Luana, and Calmar, Iowa, before moving to Preston where he graduated from high school. He attended Luther College for two years. Cloy was married on October 14, 1950 to Laurice Peterson at Grace Lutheran Church in Preston. He began working for the Hormel Company in Austin in 1949. He served in the United States Army Signal Corps beginning in 1951, and was stationed in New Jersey and Germany until 1953. Upon his return he continued working for Hormel in Austin, Denison, Iowa, and Audubon, Iowa as a hog buyer until his retirement in 1976. During his years in Audubon, Cloy’s work also included hog farming and restaurant management. After retirement in 1991, Cloy and Laurice enjoyed many travels within the U.S. and abroad, sharing that time with their many friends and family members.

Sports were an important part of Cloy’s life. He participated in basketball, football, and his specialty, baseball, in high school, and continued playing baseball for the Preston town team after high school. His true passions were playing golf and St. Louis Cardinals baseball, and he enthusiastically shared his passion with others.

We, his family, who have been blessed with a husband, father, and grandfather who loved us throughout our lives and made us what we are today, would like to invite you to join us in a memorial of Cloy’s life. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 13, from 5-7 pm and Saturday, June 14, from 10-11 am at Christ Lutheran Church, Preston. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 14, at 11 am at Christ Lutheran Church.

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