August Knikelbine

August "Gus" Knikelbine

Sunday, March 8th, 1931 - Thursday, June 20th, 2019
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August “Gus” Knikelbine, age 88 passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at his home in Fennville with his loving family by his side. Gus was born in Fennville, Michigan to the late Louis and Flossie Knikelbine. Gus was retired from Holland Hitch and he farmed all of his life, retiring at the end of the harvest season in 2017. He was a member of the Michigan Flywheelers and had restored two Ford tractors which he was very proud of. He would drive those tractors in the Flywheelers tractor parades. Papa Gus enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren who all brought so much joy to his life. On September 28, 1957 Gus would marry the love of his life, Patricia Jean Serie. The two would spend 61 loving years together.

Gus is survived by his wife, Pat Knikelbine; his children, John Knikelbine and Deb Knikelbine; sister, Betty Boeskool; grandchildren, Aaron (Emily) Wilkinson, Kristina (Jeff) Evanauski, Regan (Jason) Vicari, Jimilee Reed and Amanda (Nathan) Leslie and 9 great-grandchildren.

Gus is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Rose Flanner; brother, Dan Knikelbine; grandson, Joshua Knikelbine and daughter-in-law, Terrie Knikelbine.

A celebration of life for Gus and Pat will be held at the Community Church of Douglas from 1:00 pm until 4:00 PM on Saturday, September 28, 2019, which would have been their 62nd wedding anniversary.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Holland, 270 Hoover Blvd, Holland, MI 49423.
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    Saturday, September 28th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Saturday, September 28th, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Community Church of Douglas
    6874 Wiley Road
    Fennville, MI 49408
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Posted at 03:37pm
We are sadden to hear of Gus's passing. We often had Dan do work for us. Some of the times Dan would tell us he talked to Gus to see if there might be another way of doing the jobs. With our deepest sympathy to all of you and your family.
Bob & Jackie DeZwaan

Dave and Erica Baarman and family

Posted at 09:54am
We are so very sad to hear about Gus’ passing. We’ll miss seeing him wave at us and the kids from his tractor. He sure was a good man and awesome neighbor. Love to you and your family, Pat.

Barb Black

Posted at 02:31pm
Pat & Family, We are so very sorry to hear of Gus's passing. Always admired the smile on his face, no matter what he was going through.
Sending sympathy, comfort & love to all of you. Bruce & Barb

kym zumbrink

Posted at 07:49am
Our condolences to all of you. Gus was a great guy...we enjoyed knowing him through the years...What a beautiful tribute written about him...
Bob and Kym Zumbrink
Dickinson True Value Hardware

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