February 28, 2011
Frank Knoll, 87, of Bloomington, died peacefully at Palomar Hospital in Escondido, California on Wednesday, February 23rd, at 5:14 a.m.
All arrangements will be handled by Calvert Metzler Memorial Home in Bloomington. There will be no visitation and internment will be private.
An April memorial service in Bloomington is being planned.
Mr. Knoll was born July 9, 1923, in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Frank and Pauline Knoll. He married Betty Evans on April 14, 1945 at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida. She passed away on March 15, 1993.
Survivors include a son, Gregory Evans Knoll, and his wife Jo Anne SawyerKnoll of Escondido, California, and a daughter, Kimberly Knoll Dove, and her husband Kermit Dove, of San Diego, California. He also leaves behind two grandchildren, Jeffrey and Jason Knoll, and four great-grandchildren, in addition to his constant companion of the last 17 years, Ruth Wieting, of Bloomington.
In addition to his wife Betty, one son, a sister, and both parents preceded him in death.
Out of high school, Mr. Knoll signed a contract for two minor league seasons in the organization of his beloved Chicago Cubs. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and he was awarded his wings as a naval aviator in 1944. He was honorably discharged in 1945.
Mr. Knoll graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1949. He was a member of the IWU varsity baseball team in 1947, 1948, and 1949. He graduated with a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois in 1951. He was a teacher at Bent School from 1949 to 1953. He was employed by State Farm in 1953 and he was the Personnel Manager in several regional offices. He retired from State Farm in 1988 as Director of Corporate Benefits and Services.
Mr. Knoll served on the YMCA board of directors for 15 years and was a member of the Elks and American Legion.
Memorials may be made to Illinois Wesleyan Athletic Department. GO TITANS! GO CUBBIES!