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Richard C. Knoebel
Viewing: May 21, 2017 (Sunday) from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Service: May 22, 2017 (Monday) at 1:00 p.m.
Location: St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church


On May 13 with family by his side, Mr. Knoebel passed away at his residence in Gaithersburg.  He was preceded in death by Margaret, his beloved wife of 57 years. He leaves behind six daughters: Geri Knoebel and her wife Linda Skye of Albuquerque, NM; Madeline Knoebel of Frederick, MD; JoAnne Knoebel and her husband Bryan Schlegel of Tucson, AZ; Denise Knoebel and her husband Mark Koepke of Bruceton, Mills, WV; Colette Given of Hagerstown, MD; and Bernadette Knoebel-Swann of Brunswick, MD. He is survived by 11 grandchildren: Suzanne Persaud, Kristen Foster, Megan Wilson; Jason, Dan, Matt and Andy Koepke; Josh Knoebel and Mike Givens; Alexandra and Zoë Swann as well as seven great-grandchildren: Logan, Connor and Dylan Persaud; Cailyn and Benjamin Foster; Lillian Breeden; and Magnolia Koepke. Mr. Knoebel is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years and was deployed in World War II (South Pacific Theater) and in the Korean War. He was very active in the Chosin Few Korean War veteran’s organization, serving as the Secretary-Treasurer of the National Board. He also was a member of the Executive Committee of the William E. Weber Korean War Veterans’ Association (Chapter 142). In addition, he was a founding and charter member of the Marine Corps League (Detachment 1428) and received their 2017 Marine of the Year Award.

He owned and operated Knoebel’s Radio and TV Service in Gaithersburg for 35 years. Upon retirement he served the community in many ways.  Mr. Knoebel sat on the Gaithersburg-Washington Grove Fire Board for 10 years, Gaithersburg Zoning Board of Appeals for 17 years, and Board of Supervisors of Elections for 5 years. In 2007, he received Gaithersburg’s Citizen of the Year Award and served as the Grand Marshall of the Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade.

As a father, grandfather and friend, he will be deeply missed. Family will receive relatives and friends for a celebration of his life on Sunday, May 21st at the De Vol Funeral Home, 10 East Deer Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 6:00PM to 8:00 PM.  A funeral mass will be held on Monday, May 22nd at 1:00 PM at St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church in Gaithersburg, MD. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to Children of Fallen Patriots (, 1818 Library Street, Suite 500, Reston, VA 20190. Interment at Arlington Cemetery will take place at a later date.

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