Kenneth B. Knowles

February 13, 1917
- April 09, 2003

BROWNVILLE - Kenneth B. Knowles, 86, husband of the late Gwendolyn (Fish) Knowles, died April 9, 2003, at home after a long illness. He was born Feb. 13, 1917, in Willimantic, the son of Burton and Evelina (McKenny) Knowles. Mr. Knowles served as a staff sergeant with the U.S. Army during World War II and was honored for his actions with a Purple Heart, the American Defense Service Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star. He was employed as a machinist and millwright for Great Northern Paper Co. for 24 years. He was a member of Mt. Kineo Lodge No. 64 IOOF, the Brownville Community Church, where he had served as deacon, and the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Electrical Union. He is survived by a daughter, Kathy Preble of Brownville; a twin sister, Kathryn Green of Willimantic; three grandchildren, Kenneth Knowles II of Magnolia, Del., Karen Graubart of Middletown, Del., and Hope Smith of Orrington; four great-grandchildren, including Kathryn of Orrington. He was predeceased by his first wife, Meredith (Walton) Knowles; and a son, George S. Knowles.. Spring burial will be in the family lot in Riverside Cemetery, Willimantic. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to a local animal shelter.

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