Aberdeen, SD-Mass of Christian Burial for Patrick Knettel, 60, of Aberdeen will be 10:30 am, Monday, July 2, 2012 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The Rev. Shaun Haggerty will officiate.
There will be a wake at 7:00 pm Sunday with visitation from 4-7 pm at the funeral home.
Patrick died June 26, 2012 at his home.
Patrick, son of Henry and Stella (Birdsall) Knettel was born August 11, 1951 in St. Cloud, MN. He attended parochial school for eight years then public school, graduating from St. Cloud High School in 1969. He then attended St. Cloud State University for one year.
He was united in marriage to Paula Eisenzimmer on June 11, 1970 in Cold Spring, MN. He began employment with Burlington Northern Railroad where he worked as a switchman, brakeman and conductor. He retired from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad in 2002 due to a work injury.
Patrick enjoyed golfing, working on the computer as a pastime, playing chess and reading. He was an avid fisherman and pool player, playing on Aberdeen pool leagues. Music was a big part of Patrick’s life. He had been in a rock band when he was younger.
Patrick is survived by his wife, three daughters, Candace Swedenborg of Woodbury, MN, Tracey(Bill) Purcell of Andover, MN and Kayla (Joe) Walker of Aberdeen, three sons, Travis (Stephanie) Knettel of Aberdeen, Bret (Jessica) Knettel of Brooklyn Park, MN and Dane Knettel of Woodbury, MN, siblings, Stella Gray, Ellen Gans, Tess Monn, Jackie Sauer, Dave Knettel, Janice Wolfe, Mary Ann Lucas, Judy Schwinghammer and Tom Knettel and 11 grandchildren, Thomas, Katherine, Elizabeth, Patrick, Taylor, Sophia, Kaitlyn, Kyle, Bruce, Logan and Dylan.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Henry Knettel, Jr., Lillian Wokash, Harry Knettel, Jim Knettel and Dennis Knettel.
Casketbearers will be Bill Purcell, Travis Knettel, Bret Knettel, Dane Knettel, Eric Skare, and Thomas Swedenborg.
Carlsen Funeral Home and Crematory of Aberdeen has been entrusted with arrangements.