POLO – Charles J. Knie, 88, of Polo, passed away Friday, March 7, 2014, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling, with his family by his side.
He was born Sept. 20, 1925, in Aberdeen, S.D., to Ernest and Lottie Knie. They moved to Polo in 1941. He graduated from Polo Community High School in 1943. During World War II, he served as a sergeant in Company C, 396th Police Battalion of the Army. He was married to Eileen Strite on Oct. 9, 1949, at Polo Church of the Brethren, of which they both were devoted members.
In 1946, he established his own business in Polo. Knie Appliance & TV Inc., now a third-generation business, has flourished in the Sauk Valley area for the past 68 years. In 1994, he was named a Melvin Jones Fellow of the Lions Club International Foundation. A devoted businessman, Charles continued to work until the age of 85. He also loved traveling around the world, spending time at the family cabin on the Rock River, hunting, fishing, painting, birdwatching, and working in his flower garden.
He is survived by his wife; four children, Steven Knie, Mark (Laura) Knie, Christine (Vernon) Shenefelt, and David (Teresa) Knie; sister, Lorraine (Vernon) Meyer; sister-in-law, Lila (Larry) Knie; five grandchildren, Renee Shenefelt, Valerie (Ben) Bingle, Ryan Shenefelt, Keeley Knie, and Josh Knie; and three great-grandchildren, Gavin Zell, Taryn Zell, and Evy Bingle.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Larry Knie.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Polo Family Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Polo Church of the Brethren, followed by a luncheon and fellowship until 2 p.m. A family graveside service will be at Fairmount Cemetery in Polo. Military honors will be accorded.
Memorial contributions may be made to Polo Lions Club, Granny Rose Animal Shelter, or Polo Church of the Brethren.