Ralph L. Knoll

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Ralph L. Knoll, age 90, of New Hampton, IA, passed away on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at Linn Haven Rehab and Healthcare in New Hampton. Ralph Lee Knoll was born Sept. 30, 1922 in Bremer County the son of Fred and Martha (Sneller) Knoll. The family moved to the Fredericksburg area when Ralph was very young. Ralph graduated from Fredericksburg High School in 1940. He enlisted in the US Army in 1942 and served in Burma/India/China theater in the 245th Signal Service Company. He received his honorable discharge on January 3, 1946. Ralph married Ruth Boyer June 15, 1947 in Brainard, Iowa. They farmed all their married life NE of New Hampton. Ralph was active in the First Baptist Church, New Hampton serving as a Deacon, Christian Education Board member and Sunday School teacher. Ralph loved his God, his family, his country and his farm. He enjoyed reading, working on the farm, and spending time with his family and friends. Surviving are sons, Arnold (Ann), Dean (Judy), Kurt (Joan), and Paul (Christine), all of New Hampton and daughter Jane (Doug) Hilton of Martelle; 11 grandchildren, Sarah (Chad) Buchholz, Ben (Cindy) Knoll, Rachel (Jason) Lewis, David (Susan) Knoll, Beth (Seth) Vopat, Melissa (Kevin) Speer, Tim (Meli) Knoll, Angela (Jake) Bierbrodt, Jonathan Hilton, Jessica (Jude) Rochford, and Shawn Knoll; 16 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving are sister-in-laws, Marie Knoll, New Hampton and Alice Boyer, Oelwein. Ralph was preceded in death by Ruth, his wife of over 60 years in 2008, his dad in 1981, his mother in 1992 and his brother Ward Knoll in 1997. He was also preceded in death by sisters-in-law, Geraldine Boyer, Lola Boyer, Ethel Boyer, Eva Boyer Reeder, brothers-in-law Leo Boyer and Don Reeder. Cemetery: Burial will follow the funeral in New Hampton Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Ralph's family. Visitation for Ralph will be held from 4:00-8:00pm on Monday, July 29, 2013 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home and will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral service on Tuesday. Funeral services for Ralph will be held at 10:30am, Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at Harvest Church in New Hampton with Pastor Rod Ankrom and Pastor Keith McCray officiating.

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  1. All four of you boys came to Mom’s visitation, then the next day you are faced with your own dad’s death.You lost him once to dementia and now to death. My sympathy to all of you and Jane.

  2. I can hardly believe that this has happened so close to Elenor passing away – all the neighborhood elders will be together again. Ralph was always so spry and lively – he always had such youth in his heart and that’s always how I will remember him. My thoughts are with you all – Tracy Lee and the Lee family.

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. But we know Ralph and Ruth are together again and that he is very aware of the joy and beauty of Heaven. May knowing that bring you comfort. Dale, Linda and Cassandra Tiemessen

  4. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you Dean and Judy, as well as all of your children, and siblings. I will never forget meeting your Dad (and Mom) for the first time 35 years ago. They introduced me to their farm animals, including some very noisy baby pigs! Our hearts go out to you in your loss, but rejoice that he is with our Lord.
    All our LOVE, Teresa and Mom

  5. To the Knoll family-
    We share your grief in the loss of your Dad. He was a good man and a great neighbor. Remember the baseball games?
    I guess all our neighbors are together again. So close to Mom’s passing touches my heart even deeper. May you find love in the grace of God’s light and may he lift you up and comfort you.
    With sympathy,
    Pam Larson and the entire Larson family

  6. Dear Knoll family, I just wanted to express our sympathies to you all. When I think of your Dad and your Mom it brings back the memories of the church family we grew up with, all of the Sunday School classes, Bible School, church picnics, and the people who taught us about the Lord. I remember your folks and the other elders in our church, that were my teachers and the lessons learned. Thanks to all of them we know that Ralph is in a better place and one day we will all be able to be together in the kingdom of heaven. We were all so blessed to have grown up in such a wonderful church full of such wonderful people. Your are in my prayers.
    Pattie and Jerry Davis

  7. Jane and family,
    I spent a lot of time with you and your family out at the farm. We really had some great times together. So sorry to hear about your lost. Our prayers go out to you and your family. Take care.

    Jane (Duncan) Hammel

  8. Our deepest Sympathies for your family in this time of loss. Our Prayers are with you (Dean, Judy and children; Arnold, Ann and Children; Paul, Christine and Children – especially your family with Paul’s accident and hospitalization. May Paul receive fast healing and great care from the hospital.)
    May God be with you all.
    Joe, Ronda Holschlag and Children

  9. To the Knoll Family,you have my prayers and deepest Sympathies at this time of a lost loved one from your family and may we rejoice in knowing that Ralph is with God in his Kingdom,free of pain and suffering.

  10. So sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing..he always made my day coming into the nursing home & always made me laugh. Praying for a speedy recovery for his family.

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