Anthony P. Knecht, Jr., 85, of Milroy, IN, passed away August 10, 2021, at St Vincent Hospice in Indianapolis, IN.
Jr. was born in Brookville, IN on August 13, 1935, a son of the late Margaret Cloe (Baudendistel) and Andy Knecht. He married Velma A. Sturwold June 27, 1959, at St. Peters Catholic Church in Franklin County, IN. He was also a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Rushville, IN.
He was a lifelong farmer and also owned and operated Knecht Soil Drainage as well as hauling Ag lime for over 50 years. He enjoyed music and loved dancing with his wife Velma. He also loved the annual steam show and was a member of the Pioneer Engineers Organization.
Jr. is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Velma Knecht of Milroy, IN and three daughters, Brenda J. Knecht, of Milroy; Julie (Bill) Spaeth, Darlene (Jim) Spaeth; two sons Jerry (Becky) Knecht and Jim (Brenda) Knecht, all of Rushville; two sisters, Marjorie Knecht of Brookville,IN; Patricia (Robert) Ertel of Batesville, IN.
He had 12 grandchildren, Morgan, Mason, Mikaylee and Mitchell Knecht; Tiffany and Kristina Spaeth; Brooke (Randy) Dierckman, Andy, Keith and Kurtis Knecht; Brandi (Michael) VanSchoyck and Leann Spaeth; two great grandchildren, Olivia and Jackson Dierckman and many friends and neighbors will also miss him.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his loving son, Jeff Knecht, who died June 7, 2019.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 AM Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Rushville, IN with Rev. James Brockmeier officiating.
Public visitation will be from 4 PM to 8 PM Monday, August 16, 2021 at Todd Funeral Centre & Crematory in Rushville, IN. All are welcome for the rosary at 3:45 PM. Face masks and social distancing are encouraged.
Memorial Donations are requested to the St. Mary Catholic School 512 N. Perkins St. Rushville, IN 46173
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