Knell, Charles E.

April 01, 2004

On March 29, 2004 CHARLES EDWIN KNELL, 81, passed quietly and peacefully in his home in Virginia Beach. Born January 30, 1923 and raised in Baltimore, MD by parents Walter Lee Knell, Sr. and Marie Roeder Knell. Charles was the widower of Jeanne Fitgerald Knell whom he married in 1949. He was also preceded in death by his son, Charles Edwin Knell, Jr. and his brother, Walter Lee Knell, Jr. (Jimmy). He is survived by two daughters, Cynthia Fitzgerald Franz of Virginia Beach, VA and Barbara Lee Bemis of Pleasant Prairie, WI; daughter-in-law Linda Sterling of Stevensville, MD; and his grandchildren Amelia Bemis, Megan and Amanda Franz and their father George Franz; nephew Walter Lee Knell III and nieces Sandy Allen and Carol Knapik. Prior to his military service in World War II, he attended the University of Maryland and was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Upon enlisting in the Army Air Force, he achieved the rank of staff sergeant and was a radio operator in the 20th Air Force, 331st Bombardment Group (Heavy), flying B-29's out of Saipan and Guam, participating in air offensive missions over Japan in the Western Pacific. Following his service, he graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1950 with an LLB degree. Following a successful sales career, he became President and owner of Potomac Ford Truck Sales in Landover, MD. He and his wife retired to Vero Beach, FL, prior to moving to Virginia Beach, VA in 1995. Mr. Knell was a member of Galilee Episcopal Church. An Inurnment service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on May 28, 2004 at 2 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Foundation Fighting Blindness, P.O. Box 17279,, Baltimore, MD 21203-7279 or to the Amercian Cancer Society. The Cremation Society of Virginia, Virginia Beach, is in charge of arrangements. Friends may sign the online guest register for Mr. Knell at www.cremate.org

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