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“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...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: Skip and Linda Campbell - IA

“My heart goes out to you Cathie and your family in your time of loss. I have fond memories of the Cub Scout days. ”
2 of 23 | Posted by: Gayla Sharp - Centerville, IA

“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....Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: Rich Cairns - Fremont, IA

“Cathie, So sorry to hear about Steve. Prayers for you and your family. Cathy Penniston ”
4 of 23 | Posted by: Cathy Penniston - Ottumwa, IA

“Cathie, my sincere sympathy and prayers are with you and your family in this time. ”
5 of 23 | Posted by: Deanna (Scales) Benedict

“Cathy,I was so sorry to learn of Steve's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. ”
6 of 23 | Posted by: Peggy Broshar Bradshaw - MO

“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 ”
7 of 23 | Posted by: Ron Curtis - Orlando, FL - Friend

“So sorry to hear of Steve's passing. He was such a great person and a good friend !! ”
8 of 23 | Posted by: Alan Harrington - Albia, IA

“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 ”
9 of 23 | Posted by: Becky Johnston Jackson - IA

“So sorry for your loss , All my prayers. ”
10 of 23 | Posted by: Alan Clark

“Cathy and family, we are so very sorry for your tragic loss. ”
11 of 23 | Posted by: Marion & Jane Zemo - Centerville, IA

“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...Read More »
12 of 23 | Posted by: C Kelley - Kirksville, MO

“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...Read More »
13 of 23 | Posted by: Cheryl Pasa - San Antonio, TX

“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. ...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Frank Ranes - Centerville, IA

“Cathy and Family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Steve was a fantastic person, friend and classmate. RIP...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: David and Vicky Ashby Sande - IA

“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...Read More »
16 of 23 | Posted by: Skip and Linda Campbell - IA

“I'm so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. May God's peace surrround you today. ”
17 of 23 | Posted by: Sydney Fox Ashmead - Jacksonville, FL

“Sincerest sympathy Cathy and all the family from the Kinnamons ”
18 of 23 | Posted by: Deborah Kinnamon - Harris, MO

“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...Read More »
19 of 23 | Posted by: Nancy Clark - Fort Madison, IA

“To Those Who Love Steve, You are in our thoughts; and we ask GOD to sootheyour hearts with comfort and peace. May the LORDBless each of you...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: Alice B. Montegna-Richardson - IA

“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...Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: Jim and Kayla Montgomery - Mystic, IA

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22 of 23 | Posted by: Jim and Kayla Montgomery - Mystic, IA

“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...Read More »
23 of 23 | Posted by: Dennis & Beverly Sisul Laurson and Family

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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