Ralph L. Knoll
September 30, 1922 ~ July 24, 2013
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.