Charles W. Knox Obituary, 1931



From The Colon Express, April 2, 1931: “Charles W. Know, eldest son of William and Frances Knox, was born at Nottawa, Michigan, on Feb 10, 1877, and departed this life Thursday evening, March 26, 1931, at the age of 54 years.

He spent his boyhood days at the parental home in Nottawa, and in 1896 was united in marriage to Miss Emma Kleinfeldt, who survives him. To this union were born two children, John W. Knox and Mrs. Hilda Hovis of Colon.

At the age of nineteen Mr. Knox entered into the employ of the Lamb Knit Goods Company of Colon, where he worked almost continuously through the remaining years of his life.
While not in the best of health for some months he was forced to give up his work only three weeks prior to his death and on March 5, was taken to the New Borgess hospital in Kalamazoo, where an operation was performed which proved to be to no avail. Despite the surgical and medical aid and the almost constant attention and comforting of his wife and children, death proved the victor in his brave struggle for live and health.

“The achievement of greatness in a public sense was neither his ambition nor desire. His interests centered in his home and family, and when his own little family had grown to manhood and womanhood the companionship of his two grandchildren, Raymond and Juanita Hovis, was ever a source of pleasure to him. While his utmost thought was always to do for his own, it was also his ambition and desire to be a friend to all and the host of friends who mourn his passing is evidence of the realization of this desire.  His genial smile and hearty greeting will be sadly missed by his fellow works and all with whom he was wont to come in contact.

Besides his widow and two children he leaves to mourn their loss, six sisters, two brothers, two grandchildren and many other relatives and numerous friends.

Funeral services were held at two o’clock on Sunday afternoon, March 29, in the Colon Methodist Church. Reverend Frederick M. Clough, pastor, officiating. Interment was in lakeside cemetery.