Gary L. Knake

Born: Wed., Sep. 3, 1952
Died: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019


Family to do services at later date


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Gary L. Knake, age 66, of rural Pleasant Hill, IL passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at his residence.  He was born on September 3, 1952 in Kankakee, IL to Ellery and Colleen Wilken Knake.  He married Jean Huddleston on March 31, 1984, and she survives.

Gary graduated from Urbana High School in 1970.  He went on to own a Backpackers and Travel Club.  He and Jean came to Pike County in 1981 and he started working at Walmart in 1982, working as a Manager.  Gary left Walmart to open his own promotional advertising business.   He and Jean also opened and operated the Kozy Korner in Pleasant Hill.  Gary enjoyed spending time outdoors and on his farm, especially during mushrooming season.  He also dearly loved his family.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Jean; his son, Skylar (Cara) Knake of Rockport, IL; and a granddaughter, Riley Bryant, as well as another grandchild on the way; and a brother, Kim Knake.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and his daughter Chelsey.

There will be no services held at this time.  Cremation rites have been accorded.  Memorials are suggested to be made to Riley Bryant Educational Fund.  Online condolences may be left to the family at www.nieburfh.com.  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Gary's memory to the following organization:

Riley Bryant Educational Fund

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Linda Webb
   Posted Sat January 26, 2019
Please know your family has my deepest sympathies. May you find comfort and peace at this time of great loss.

Bill Browning
   Posted Sat January 26, 2019

Jean...so sorry
Rest in peace Gary

Pam and Arnold Guthrie
   Posted Sat January 26, 2019
Jean and family please know how sorry we are for your loss. Know our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Scott Hill
   Posted Sun January 27, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Always enjoyed visiting with Gary about log cabins...

Roger and Tina Hall
   Posted Mon January 28, 2019
Please accept our sincere condolences at this time. Gary was such a nice guy. He will definitely be missed.

Bill Boeye
   Posted Tue January 29, 2019
Rest in Peace Gary. I always looked forward to talking with Gary on the phone and at our sales meeting. He will be missed!

Scott McDonald
   Posted Tue January 29, 2019
Jean, so sorry for your loss so early. My thought and prayers go out to you. Stay strong.

Nancy Halpin
   Posted Wed January 30, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss. I met Gary through his promotional business. He was so friendly and easy to work with. I know he will be missed.

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