Charles A. Knoblauch
Published in The Desert
Sun from May 5 to May 10, 2010
Charles A. Knoblauch, 92, of La Quinta, passed away peacefully on April
30, 2010, with family and friends at his side after a lengthy illness.
A native of Bay City, Mich., he was born September 25, 1917 to Adolph
and Veronica (McMullen) Knoblauch, and had five brothers, all of whom
have preceded him in death.
Educated in Bay City schools, he became a minor league baseball player
with the St. Louis Cardinals organization before being drafted into the
U.S. Army during World War II at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.
In 1942, he entered Officers School in Fort Benning, Ga. where he became
a Second Lieutenant. Subsequently, Charles served in the 31st Infantry
Division as Captain and Company Commander, participating in campaigns
in New Guinea, Morotai, Dutch East Indies and the Philippines.
Captain Knoblauch had a distinguished military career and was awarded
the Silver Star and 2 Bronze Stars. When discharged from active duty he
was promoted to Major in the Army Reserve.
During the Korean War, he was recalled and served in the Headquarters
of the Minnesota Military District.
In 1945, he married Susan Buckwell of Carthage, Missouri, who preceded
him in death in 1991.
Charles was an astute business executive, and worked for the Firestone
Tire Company in the Kansas City, Chicago and Minneapolis districts. In
1962, he became sales manager for its West Coast Private Brands, and was
headquartered in Los Angeles until his retirement in 1981. During that
time, he was an avid and exceptional golfer and belonged to the Calabasas
In 1996, Charles married Mary Louise Reilly of Woodland Hills, Calif.,
and moved to La Quinta. He then joined the Indian Wells Country Club and
became a beloved figure at the club's many golf outings and social occasions.
He was also a member of the La Quinta Historical Museum as well as a devoted
member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
His bright blue eyes, quick wit and charming ways brought Charles the
wealth of a large circle of friends who enjoyed his company, visited him
regularly through the years, and will miss him dearly.
Charles is survived by his wife, Mary Louise; sister-in-law, Linda Knoblauch;
brother-in-law, Robert Welling (Rosalee); and numerous nieces, nephews,
grand-nieces and nephews from the Knoblauch, Reilly, and Welling families.
A viewing and prayer will be held from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Thursday,
May 6, 2010 in the chapel of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at
47225 Washington Street, La Quinta, followed immediately by the Mass of
Resurrection in the sanctuary.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the University
of St. Mary, 4100 So. 4th St., Leavenworth, KS, 66048 for the Charles
Knoblauch Athletic Scholarship Fund.