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William Fredrick KnowlesPassing: July 12, 2020


Mitchell Cemetery

Graveside Service

Wednesday, July 15th @ 1:00 p.m.


No Visitation


Mitchell Cemetery

Wednesday, July 15th @ 1:00 p.m.

MITCHELL – William Fredrick Knowles, 88, passed away Sunday, July 12, 2020, at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital.

Born June 27, 1932, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Paul and Ruth (Davis) Knowles.  He married Barbara Jean Lanier February 25, 1951, and she preceded him in death May 24, 2013.  His second marriage was to Roxanna Lea Melton.

Bill retired from Lehigh Cement Company.  He graduated from Mitchell High School in 1950 and served on the Mitchell City Council.  Bill was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107 and Bedford Boat and Sportsman Club.  He was a good hearted man and would do anything for anyone.

Roxanna Knowles of Mitchell
Steve Knowles of Scottsburg
Jeff Knowles of Bedford
Anna Knowles of Mitchell
Justin Bowden of Mitchell
Carrie Tolbert of Mitchell
Timothy Bowden of Springville
Hannah Bell
Cierra Bell
Preston Tolbert
Jayston Bowden
Jaime Knowles
Kameron Swank
Cory Knowles
Bryce Knowles
several great grandchildren
Carolyn Green of Alaska

His parents; wife, Barbara; and son, Kim Knowles, preceded him in death.

Graveside service will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, at Mitchell Cemetery with Pastor Joel Parsons officiating.

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5 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Jerry W. Allen | Mitchell
    Date: July 17, 2020
    Jeff, sorry to hear about your dad. Enjoyed working with him at Lehigh. Lost a lot of good ones, Bill was one of them. God bless, RIP Bill.
  2. Guest: The Clouses | Mitchell, in
    Date: July 17, 2020
    Sorry to hear about Bill's passing. Peace be with you all. Keeping you in our prayers.
  3. Guest: Chuck Cooper | MITCHELL, Indiana
    Date: July 15, 2020
    Worked around Bill at Lehigh from 1979 until his retirement. Jeff, your dad gave his all for Lehigh. A very good man. Had a very long life, sorry to hear he is gone. "Chuck"
  4. Guest: scott fields | Mitchell, indiana
    Date: July 14, 2020
    Jeff & family, Was saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. Worked with him at Lehigh from ‘77 until he retired. Bill was truly a magician when it came to tearing apart and putting equipment back together. Not only did he know what parts it took, he knew what size bolts and nuts it took all from memory. Amazing. I hope you can get comfort from all the good memories of a good man. Peace, ~pete
  5. Guest: Mike and Rita Ramey | Bedford, In
    Date: July 13, 2020
    Steve and family, sorry to hear about Bill,prayers to all of you.