Steve Knorr

  • Born: December 21, 1949
  • Died: October 16, 2015
  • Location: Centerville, Iowa

Lange Funeral Home & Crematory LLC

1900 South 18th Street
Centerville, IA 52544
Tel. (641) 856-2000

Tribute & Message From The Family

Stephen Jon Knorr, 65, of Centerville, passed away quietly and peacefully early Friday morning on October 16, 2015, at his home with his family present.

He was born December 21, 1949, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Centerville to George A. Knorr and Kathryn (Buban) Knorr Houser. Steve was raised in Centerville and graduated from Centerville High School in 1968, and from Centerville Community College, now Indian Hills Community College, in 1970.

He was united in marriage to Cathie Lynne Gladfelder on October 1, 1976, at the Drake Avenue Christian Church in Centerville. Steve and Cathie have two sons, Evan J. Knorr and Joel G. Knorr, both of Centerville.

Steve was employed with Crescent Electric, first at the Centerville store, and then when it closed he transferred to the Ottumwa Crescent Electric store in fall 1998. He retired after 35+ years of service in April 2012.

Steve served in the Iowa National Guard for seven years and was involved in numerous local organizations. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and also the Elks Club for several years. Elks Club members will recall hearing him recite the 11th Hour toast many times at various functions. After his sons joined Cub Scouts, he served as den leader and a Tiger Cub organizer for many years with Pack #32.

He loved muscle cars, motorcycles, and doing anything mechanical. He liked figuring things out and preferred fixing them himself. His greatest hobby and love was in the field of electronics — he was a ham radio operator and enjoyed many hours conversing with fellow operators.

Steve was preceded in death by his father, George Knorr; brother, George Knorr, Jr.; and grandparents John and Mildred Buban.

He is survived by his wife, Cathie, and sons Evan (Brooke) Knorr and Joel Knorr, all of Centerville; his mother, Kathryn Knorr Houser, of Centerville; brother David (Sally) Knorr; sister-in-law Carol Knorr; uncles James Buban of Van Alstyne, Texas, and John Buban of Knoxville; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at Lange Funeral Home & Crematory in Centerville, Iowa with Pastor Lloyd Johnston officiating. Burial will follow in the Dale Cemetery, north of Centerville. A visitation will take place at Lange Funeral Home on Tuesday, with the family present from 5-8 PM. Memorials have been established to either HCI (formerly known as Hospice of Central Iowa) or to the 18-80 Club and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at


Condolence & Memory Journal

Sorry we didn't make Steve's funeral but you all were in our thoughts and prayers. deepest Condolences to the whole family. went to school with him and knew him 40 plus years. great Person.

Posted by Skip and Linda Campbell - centerville, IA - friend and classmate   October 25, 2015

My heart goes out to you Cathie and your family in your time of loss. I have fond memories of the Cub Scout days.

Posted by Gayla Sharp - Centerville, IA - friend   October 23, 2015

Cathie, so sorry to hear about Steve, my thoughts are with you. When ever back home and I seen Steve he never failed to have a conversation with me. He will be missed.

Posted by Rich Cairns - Fremont, IA - friend   October 22, 2015



So sorry to hear about Steve. Prayers for you and your family.

Cathy Penniston

Posted by Cathy Penniston - Ottumwa, IA -   October 22, 2015

Cathie, my sincere sympathy and prayers are with you and your family in this time.

Posted by Deanna (Scales) Benedict    October 21, 2015


I was so sorry to learn of Steve's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Posted by Peggy Broshar Bradshaw - Kansas City, MO - Friend   October 21, 2015

Steve, you were a good friend. In the day, we spent a lot of time together and did a lot of cool things. Great memories. I'll miss you. Ron Curtis

Posted by Ron Curtis - Orlando, FL - Friend   October 20, 2015

So sorry to hear of Steve's passing. He was such a great person and a good friend !!

Posted by Alan Harrington - Albia, IA - Friend   October 19, 2015

So sorry to hear of Steve's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
I was a CHS classmate of Steve's.
Becky Johnston Jackson

Posted by Becky Johnston Jackson - Des Moines, IA - CHS Classmate   October 19, 2015

So sorry for your loss , All my prayers.

Posted by Alan Clark    October 19, 2015

Cathy and family, we are so very sorry for your tragic loss.

Posted by Marion & Jane Zemo - Centerville, IA - Friends   October 18, 2015

Cathie and Family,

When we learned of Steve's passing our thoughts went to what good memories we had of him. Cathie, you could not have chosen a better man for a husband and the boys were blessed to have a father that led his life by example. To Steve's mother, you raised a son that his peers valued as a good and kind friend.

With heartfelt sympathy,

Dan and Carol Pickard Kelley

Posted by C Kelley - Kirksville, MO - Friends/Classmate   October 18, 2015

Cathy and family:

I was so sorry to learn of Steve's death. I've known both of you since we were really young. Steve was a good man! Life is short! RIP Steve!

Posted by Cheryl Pasa - San Antonio, TX - Friend & Former CHS Classmate   October 17, 2015

I met Steve in the 4th grade at St. Mary's School. We went through High School with the class of '68 and Centerville Community College in '70. Steve and I spent lots of time playing pool and shooting the square on Friday & Saturday nights. He was my best man at our wedding in '70. He was a good friend, quiet and very polite. As life passes by, we all go our separate ways, seeing each other but not often enough. Dianne and I were shocked to hear of Steve's passing and extend our deepest sympathy to Cathy and sons.

Posted by Frank Ranes - Centerville, IA - Friend   October 17, 2015

Cathy and Family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Steve was a fantastic person, friend and classmate. RIP Steve.

Posted by David and Vicky Ashby Sande - Urbandale, IA - Friend and Classmate   October 17, 2015

We are sorry to hear about Steve! He was a great guy and a friend and classmate too! We graduated from CHS in 1968. Deepest condolences to Cathy and the whole family. R.I.P. Steve. Your memories are still with us.

Posted by Skip and Linda Campbell - Centerville, IA - friend and classmate   October 17, 2015

I'm so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. May God's peace surrround you today.

Posted by Sydney Fox Ashmead - Jacksonville, FL - Graduated from HS with Steve   October 17, 2015

Sincerest sympathy Cathy and all the family from the Kinnamons

Posted by Deborah Kinnamon - Harris, MO - friend   October 17, 2015

Cathie, Evan, Joel,
I am so sorry for your loss. I don't keep in touch as much as I should & was shocked to learn of Steve's passing. We will keep you in our thoughts & prayers. Nancy & Preston

Posted by Nancy Clark - Fort Madison, IA - friend   October 17, 2015


To Those Who Love Steve,
You are in our thoughts; and we ask GOD to soothe
your hearts with comfort and peace. May the LORD
Bless each of you abundantly. So good to know that
Steve has such a loving Family and Friends.

Posted by Alice B. Montegna-Richardson - Ottumwa, IA - Friend   October 17, 2015

Jim and I are so very sorry for your loss. Even though it has been 40 years or seems like yesterday that you and Steve stood beside us as we said our marital vows. In the early years we spent a lot of time together and then as so many times happens everybody gets busy and work schedules etc. We missed out on a lot of good times and we are so sorry for that. Steve was a good man and a good friend.

Posted by Jim and Kayla Montgomery - Mystic, IA - Close Friends   October 16, 2015

Leave a condolence or a memory.

Posted by Jim and Kayla Montgomery - Mystic, IA - Close Friend   October 16, 2015


Dear Cathy, Evan, Joel, and Families,

With Deepest Sympathy that someone so special to you will not be forgotten. The happy times you could never regret and the memories will live on forever.

Posted by Dennis & Beverly Sisul Laurson and Family    October 16, 2015