James W. Knoll, 72, died suddenly Dec. 24, 2019 at a hospital in Corpus Christi, TX. Services will be held Jan. 4 at 11 a.m. at Grace Community Church in Corpus Christi. Interment will be held in early July where he will join his wife Kathy in their final resting place at St. Frances Xavier Catholic Cemetery near Belmond.
Jim was born in Kanawha on March 1, 1947, the second child of 14 to Lynn and Donna Knoll. He grew up in Belmond and graduated in 1965. He attended college at Wayne State where he met the love of his life, Kathryn Stewart. They married in 1973.
Jim and Kathy worked in Omaha, then returned to Belmond and helped Jim’s parents at Lynn’s Supper Club. They welcomed daughter Jayne and son Charles (Charlie) to their family. Jim worked as an insurance salesman while Kathy attended nursing school in Mason City. In 1987 they moved to Corpus Christi where Jim attended Texas A&M University and completed a masters degree in counseling.
Jim worked as a teacher, spending most of his time educating children with learning disabilities. He was an accomplished debater in college and carried that love of a good argument throughout his life. He would completely change his opinion on challenging topics, just to argue with someone who agreed with him otherwise. He loved politics, collecting coins, choral music, golfing, hunting, fishing and traveling with Kathy. They were always together and always happy. They were married 40 years until she died on June 3, 2013. Jim then fought and won a battle with lymphoma, but at the cost of almost all his eyesight as a complication of treatment.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Michael and Dennis; and his wife Kathy.
Jim is survived by his siblings Mary Luick of Belmond, Paul Knoll of Anaheim, CA, John (Roylene) Knoll of Belmond, Kathryn (Bill) Cahill of Danville, IL, Patrice (David) Whitty of Brodhead, WI, Jeannie McWhorter of Belmond, Kevin (Deb) Knoll of Belmond, Elizabeth (Bernie) Barrett of Belmond, Angela (Dennis) Olson of Belmond, Sherrie (Brad) Kunecke of Atchison, KS, and Matthew (Kim) Knoll of Wesley; his daughters Laurie Johnson of Garner and Jayne Knoll of Corpus Christi; son Charlie (Christi) Knoll; grandchildren Caleb (Morgen) Dirksen, Taylor Dirksen, Macie Johnson and Raini Johnson of Garner, and Caleb and Carter Knoll of Corpus Christi; and great-grandchildren Easton and Ella Chapman of Garner.