THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
William G. Kniskern
William George Kniskern, 89, of Roanoke, Va., passed away Saturday, Feb. 8.
Born Jan. 28, 1925 in Menominee, Mi., to Lester and Adeline (Koller) Kniskern, he grew up in rural Peshtigo and attended Peshtigo High School. After his 17th birthday, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and joined the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines and was awarded the Bronze Star during the Battle of Guadalcanal. Due to the outbreak of the Korean War, he was recalled in 1950 to Marine 1/1, landed at Inchon and participated in the liberation of Seoul. He then took part in the Chosin Reservoir Campaign and was awarded a second Bronze Star. He married Lucille Hougland of Peshtigo on Nov. 30, 1946 and they lived in Council Bluffs, Ia. for almost 50 years. They raised their five children there and he was a truck mechanic and a carpenter.
He is survived by eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Amy (Paul) Massio, Jane Devine, Judy (Randy) Ehlers; a brother, Fredric Kniskern; two sisters-in-law, Helen Kniskern and Lois Kniskern and a brother-in-law, Oscar Jandrey.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille; children, Kathleen Fietz, Keith Kniskern, Cynthia Cook, Cheryl Kniskern and Christina Kinskern; four brothers, Franklin, Robert, Roger and Donald Kniskern and a sister, Gloria Jandrey.
Memorial serices were held in Roanoke Virginia and Council Bluffs, Ia. at an earlier date.