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Donald M. Knobloch

Don passed away Saturday, July 2, 2022 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

He was born October 4, 1937 in Hopkins Township, the son of Ronald and Marion (Ritchie) Knobloch. In January 1957 Don married Lena Bailey, they shared 29 years together. He worked for Consumers Energy as a gas lineman for over 25 years.

Don loved fishing and hunting and was a longtime member of Peace Lutheran Church in Otsego. For the past decade he served his community weekly as a volunteer for the Christian Neighbors lunch program in Plainwell.

Surviving are his children, David (Lisa) Knobloch of Grandville, Tamey (Richard) Hemminger, Dawn Kirkpatrick and Anthony (Millie) Knobloch all of FL; 10 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; siblings, Douglas and Jackie and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter Macey Kay and by his brothers, Charlie and Lawrence.

Cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Don’s family from 4-6 PM, Friday, July 15, 2022 at Peace Lutheran Church in Otsego and from 10:00 A.M., Saturday, July 16, 2022 until the time of the memorial service at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Nathaniel Timmermann officiating.

Burial of ashes will take place at 2:00 P.M., at South Martin Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Don may be made to Peace Lutheran Church.

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Steve Wright

July 9, 2022 at 10:03 am

I will always remember the good times Don and I had together and my deepest sympathies go out to Dawn, David, Tony, Tammy and Lena


Susan Blizzard

July 9, 2022 at 2:53 pm

My sympathies to Don’s family . He was a really wonderful cousin and very much loved. Prayers are with his family. Love, Cousin Sue Blizzard


Kathy Barnes

July 12, 2022 at 3:47 pm

My thoughts and prayers go out to Don’ s children and grandchildren, and to his brother and sister, Doug and Jackie. I hope to see some of you at the visitation.


Jean Simpson Yuncker

July 13, 2022 at 2:27 pm

I will always remember Don as a friendly and kind cousin. My condolences, Love & prayers to his entire family.

Love, Jean


Jackie Sturmoski

July 13, 2022 at 11:25 pm

I’ll always remember you brother sitting across the table from me and flexing your muscles till dad would clear his throat to make me stop giggling. Love you brother


Colleen K. Ziemer

July 15, 2022 at 5:14 pm

So sorry to hear of Don’s death. He lived behind the cafe where I worked and we would talk every now and then. He seemed like a very nice man. Again sorry for your loss.


Linda Hinga

July 18, 2022 at 12:12 pm

Many memories growing up as cousins. Rest in peace Don.

Linda Hinga


Tony Predum

July 19, 2022 at 7:24 am


I’m grateful to have called you my friend.

I’ll never forget the grin on your face when the motor on the boat fired up.


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