MAZON — Mr. George H. Knoop, 85, of Mazon, passed away Saturday Jan. 19, 2013, at his home.
Born April 7, 1927, in Joliet, Ill., George was the son of the late William and Freda (Luehrs) Knoop.
George was employed at Olin Chemical for 36 years until his retirement.
George's greatest love was for the Lord, family, life, nature, music and all God's creations great and small. He was a man of great faith, and had a passion for horses, even driving a team of horses at different events.
After retirement, he spent his time gardening, caring for animals on the farm, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom he was blessed with and loved dearly.
George also served as a U.S. Marine, First Division, First Signal Assault, occupying mainland China.
He was loved by all who knew him and will be dearly missed
Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 64 years, Anna (D’Orazio) Knoop; three children, Karl (Dawn) Knoop of Mazon, Cindy (Richard) Fritz of Manhattan, Ill., and Rita (Dr. Peter) Vienne of Mazon; 10 grandchildren, Richie (Stacy) Fritz, Matthew (Natalie) Fritz, Jeremy Fritz, Kadie (Stan) Kowalewski, Jonathan Knoop, Peter (Cortney) Vienne, Zachary Vienne, Sarah (Matthew) Jones, Jacob (Kara) Vienne and Samantha Vienne; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Shirley Yowell; sister-in-law, Jennie Knoop; brother-in-law and best friend, Joe (Josi) Srsnick; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Lorraine Seeman, Florence Thompson, Hazel Ruttell Monaghan and Fern Jones; and two brothers, Ahron Knoop and Maurice Knoop.
Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, from Ferrari Funeral Services to Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church for a 10 a.m. a mass of Christian burial. Father Robert Noesen will officiate.
Interment will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery with full military honors.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Ferrari Funeral Services, 1044 Ferrari D., Coal City.
Condolences to the family can be shared online at www.ferrarifuneral.com.
George’s grandchildren will be serving as pallbearers, and Joe Srsnick will be an honorary pallbearer.
Memorial contributions in George’s name may be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Ferrari Funeral Services, 1044 Ferrari Dr., Coal City, is in charge of arrangements. For more information, call (815) 634-6964 or visit www.ferrarifuneral.com.