Kenneth L. Knocke, 75 of Eau Claire passed away on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at his home. 

Kenneth was born on January 11, 1942 to Elmer and Anna (Ochs) Knocke in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  He graduated in 1961 from North High School in Sheboygan.  After graduation, Kenneth joined the Navy as part of the Seabees.  Kenneth worked for Heilmenn’s Brewing in Lacrosse, WI for 26 years, after leaving Heilmenn’s, he owned and operated Cluboasis in Sparta, WI for 7 years, and later worked for Leinenkugel’s in Chippewa Falls, WI as a Brewhouse Supervisor for 11 years.  Kenneth married Nancy Cain on May 30, 1998 in Eau Claire, WI. He adored wildlife, especially birds and was also an avid fisherman.  Kenneth always had a joke and a great sense of humor.  He had a passion for reengineering and improving things around the house. 

Kenneth is survived by his wife, Nancy Knocke; children, Kim (Mark) Kallas, Koren (Shannon) Richter, Kurt (Barbara) Knocke, Sandra (Vernon) Savage, Scott Straub, Michelle (Mark) Schnick, David Garvey, Phillip (Ling) Garvey, and Michele (Michael) O’Brien; 21 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Judy Knocke, Carol Straub, and Skylar Schnick.

Memorial services will be Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 5:00 pm at Smith Funeral Chapel with Rev. Robert Hoekstra officiating.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the funeral home on Thursday. 


  1. So, so sorry for your loss Nancy. I loved Kenny like my grandpa. Always loved hanging out with him and listening to his stories. My sincerest, deepest sympathies and please know you are in my prayers. He is in peace with Jesus and probably telling stories to my Ken up in heaven right now. Please know I am here for you my dear friend. All my love to you. Kelly Albrant

  2. Nancy, my prayers are with you with the loss of Ken. I always enjoyed his visits at the jewelry counter when he came in to shop. I hope u r doing well after your surgrey.
    Take care and talk later.

  3. Oh, Nancy, I’m heart sick for you. You have always been a brave, creative and tireless lady, and now you go forward without Ken. I’m so sorry, my friend. Sending love and prayers. You have my number. Mary Manthei

  4. My dear Nancy~
    I know you must be heartbroken losing your Kenny much too early.
    Downtown was never the same after the two of you left!
    Please know that Andy and I have you in our thoughts and prayers.
    May God watch over you~

  5. Sorry for your loss. He was a very good guy and we are sure he will be greatly missed.
    -Dan Miller and Charles Miller

  6. So sorry for your loss. Wish we would have come there at times. It gets busy when we get to Wisconsin and summer goes by so fast. Take care and prayers to you!

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