December 21, 2020
Charles William (Butch) Knabe, 97, passed away at his home at the Pinebrook Retirement Community in Milford, OH on December 21, 2020. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Kathleen Marie (Mahlke), and great-granddaughter, Charlotte Rae Aman.
Formerly of Youngstown and West Chester, OH, Butch was born in Wheeling, WV in March 1923 to Albert and Marie (Wagner) Knabe. He was a 1941 graduate of Wheeling High School where he ran track and played football. His love of the game of football took him to Belmont Abbey and then West Virginia University. Butch’s football career was interrupted during WWII, joining the US Army and honorably serving his country in Italy.
Upon returning to civilian life, he went on to graduate from West Virginia University and began a successful career in Sales and Marketing for both Remington Rand and Diebold. Once retired, Butch enjoyed gardening, golfing (and making golf clubs), painting with watercolor, socializing with the Fun Timers group at Crestview Presbyterian Church and staying connected with the young men he loved from his Promise Keepers group. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor, his teasing, his wonderful stories, his signature handshake, his commitment to invest in those he cared about, his inspirational advice, his humbleness, and the twinkle in his eye.
Despite his countless business achievements and awards, Butch was most proud of his ever-growing family: loving father of Mark Knabe (Barb), Craig Knabe (Steff) and Karen Diskin (Tom); proud and generous grandfather of Matt Knabe (Amy), Scott Knabe (Sara), Mike Knabe (Morgan), Katie Buffington (Ryan), Hannah Aman (Peter) and Ryan Diskin; blessed great-grandfather of Gabriel, Lennon, Henry, Callahan, Peyton, Vera, and Louise. Butch also loved the Lord and believed in the power of His saving Grace. A celebratory memorial service honoring a man who was deeply loved by family and friends alike is tentatively planned for late Spring of 2021. We love you Dad, Poppa and Great-Poppa Butch. You will truly be missed, but never forgotten.