Martin A. Knoll, 68
Apr. 2, 1946 -- Dec. 28, 2014

Martin A. Knoll 'Marty'Martin A. “Marty” Knoll, 68, of West Bend, was unexpectedly called home to be with his Lord, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Milwaukee.

He was born on April 2, 1946, in Frankenmuth/Vassar, Michigan, to the late Arthur and Lydia (nee Weiss) Knoll. After high school, Marty earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, Illinois.

On June 21, 1969, Marty was united in marriage to Lois Christian at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mayville. They lived in several areas where Marty taught, until moving to West Bend in 1976.

Marty taught elementary school at St. John’s until his retirement in 2003. His influence was felt by thousands of students mentored in Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin. Many remember his coaching, refereeing and as a leader of games.

He was an active member of St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, the church choir and men’s Bible study. He was also an active member of the West Bend Noon Kiwanis Club, Adopt-a-Plot, and Roots and Branches (West Bend Beautification Committee). You could always find him landscaping throughout West Bend, while humming.

He will fondly be remembered for being a man of character, integrity, humble spirit and a selfless, serving heart throughout the community.

Other interests include hunting, fishing, golfing, putting puzzles together and a love for travel.

Marty cherished and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, Caleb and Kelsi. He was a true positive example to young and old.

He is survived by his wife, Lois; a son, John (Tami) Knoll of West Bend; two grandchildren, Caleb and Kelsi Knoll; two sisters, Lorine Petzold of Vassar, Michigan, and Marion Mossner of Frankenmuth, Michigan; his twin brother, Edwin (Susan) Knoll of Frankenmuth/ Vassar, Michigan; and other relatives and many friends.

Marty was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Lydia; along with two brothers-in-law, Earl Mossner, and Robert Petzold.

Funeral services in remembrance of Marty will be held on Saturday, Jan. 3, at 11:30 a.m. at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church (809 S. Sixth Ave.) West Bend. The Rev. David Kellerman will officiate.

Visitation will be Friday at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home (1315 W. Washington St.) West Bend, from 4-7 p.m., and on Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow in Washington County Memorial Park.

Memorials to the charity of your choice are appreciated.

Myrhum Patten Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.myrhum-patten.com.