Carlyle P. Knaus, age 88, of Kimball died Saturday, January 28, 2006 at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 2, 2006 at St. Anne Catholic Church, Kimball with Fr. Tom Knoblach officiating. Burial will follow in St. Anne Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9-10 a.m. Thursday at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Kimball. There will be a prayer service 7 p.m. Wednesday. The pallbearers will be Tom, Aaron, Matt & Kristopher Knaus, Craig Nelson and Brad Carlson.
Carlyle Peter Knaus was born April 24, 1917 in Kimball to Alois and Theresa (Roehdel) Knaus. He married Laverne Long on September 24, 1940 in Holy Angels Catholic Church, St. Cloud. He worked as a meat cutter in St. Paul and then for Tittel Brothers in Iowa. He returned to St. Cloud and worked for National T and was then transferred to Clouqet, MN to be manager in their meat department. Carlyle was called to duty and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II from April 11, 1944 to February 15, 1946. After returning home from the War, Carlyle and Laverne moved to Kimball and purchased Knaus Sausage House in 1946, which was founded in 1912 by Carlyle`s father. For forty-five years they built their business which in now owned by their children. He has been a member of St. Anne Catholic Church, the Forty & Eight, and a life member and past commander of Kimball American Legion Post #261.
Carlyle and Laverne enjoyed their retirement by wintering in Brownsville, TX and their summers at their home on Lake Carnelian. Carlyle`s greatest value in life was his faith, family, work and friends. He is best known for his zest of life, enjoyment of gardening and training his pigeons. He gives all the credit for having a good life to God. He has always commented that `his faith has given him a wonderful life and his Sunshine to take care of him.` He has always seen the best in everyone and had the attitude that the glass in half full, never half empty.
He is survived by his wife, Laverne of Kimball; children, Ron (Diane) Knaus of Kimball, Diane (Jim) Nelson of Tower, Ken (Mary) Knaus of Kimball, Pat Knaus of Sun City, AZ, Suzette Carlson (Rich Ring) of Kimball, Doug (Vicki) Knaus of Kimball, Kurt (Jody) Knaus of Kimball; 20 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; and 3 great great grandchildren. His parents, 2 brothers and 7 sisters preceded him in death.