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Duane Knos

Sep. 17, 1924 - Jun. 30, 2017

Date of Service: Jul. 5, 2017


Duane S. Knos, 92, of Rupert, Idaho, passed away peacefully at the Autumn Haven Assisted Living facility on Friday, June 30, 2017.

Duane was born in Oelwein, Iowa, to Christian and Helen (Schneider) Knos on September 17, 1924. He graduated from Fayette High School in 1942. After one semester of college, he joined the Army Air Corps and served with distinction flying a P47 Thunderbolt during World War II. Near the end of the war his airplane was shot down, and he was held as a POW. Duane loved flying his plane and told many stories about his time in the military.

Upon his return from the service, he married the love of his life, Lucille Luse, on August 19, 1945. They met at a high school music competition when they were teenagers, and Duane was proud of the fact that they celebrated
71 years together last August.

Duane returned to college in 1945, earning a Bachelor’s degree from Upper Iowa University in history. He taught high school in LaPorte City, Iowa, where he was also an assistant football coach and coach of a tumbling team that was featured in Parade magazine. While he was teaching, Duane worked on a masters degree in history during the summers and later earned a PhD in geography in 1956, both from the University of Iowa.

Following graduation, he was hired by the University of Kansas and spent
14 years teaching geography classes and running institutes for teachers during the summer. He truly loved teaching and working with teachers. In 1970, he transferred to Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he taught for 16 years. Upon his retirement in 1986, Duane and Lucy moved to Rupert.

Music played a huge part in Duane’s life. He sang in church choirs everywhere he and Lucy lived. They loved singing solos and duets, blessing everyone who heard them. Duane was a lifelong member of the Barbershop Harmony Society and loved being a part of the Snake River Flats and singing with his quartet, The Dependents. He was a member of the Rupert United Methodist Church, serving faithfully on numerous committees. He also enjoyed facilitating a number of Sunday school classes. Duane took pleasure helping the Lighting Committee serve the Fourth of July breakfast on the Square, and he and Lucy served on the Wilson Theater Ball Committee.

Duane loved his family above all else, and his happy, positive outlook on life will be missed by all who knew him.

Duane is survived by his loving wife, Lucy, and two daughters, Nanette
(John) Eilers and Barbara Feroce, both of Rupert. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, and numerous nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by a baby son, Gary, his parents, three sisters, a brother, and his son-in-law, Jeff Feroce.

Funeral services will be held 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July5, 2017 at the Rupert United Methodist church. Viewing for family and friends will be held for one hour prior to the services at the church. Services will conclude with burial in the Rupert Cemetery under the direction of Joel Heward Hansen Mortuary. On line condolences may be left at hansen-mortuary.com

The family wants to thank the wonderful staff at Autumn Haven for their kind and loving care of both Duane and Lucy, and Dr. Kerry Saurey and his staff, who also provided loving care to Duane.

Condolences for Duane Knos

From Craig Friedman, Clark University, Class '74 :
I just learned of Dr. Knos' passing. As a young student at Clark University I had the good fortune to be mentored by Dr. Knos on a two semester long independent project. Dr. Knos taught me to "mull" things over thinking out of the box. He taught me to see - really see - beyond my own narrow mindedness. He never knew just how special, how important, he had become to me. I will always keep those memories of him close. Thank you Dr. Knos.
From Chris Jackson:
Lucy, Nanette, John, Barbara and family, I was so sadden by the passing of Duane. I am so sorry I missed his funeral as I wasn't aware of his passing until July 5. Lucy, you and Duane helped restore the Historic Wilson Theatre to what it is today and made Rupert a better place with your involvement. I will never forget the wonderful times we had together and how much energy and fun we had. Rupert has lost an outstanding man. You are all in my prayers and I'm sure Duane is a strong voice in the Heavenly choir. Lucy, I hold all the beautiful memories close to my heart.
From Les and Jo Solomon:
I met Duane at the University of Kansas. Quickly, I recognized him as my mentor--first at KU, then while working on graduate studies with Duane at Clark University, and throughout my life. Professionally, he guided my career path; personally, he was a model for faith, critical thinking, balance, humor, purpose and mission in life for almost 50 years. I feel fortunate to have known Duane at so many levels, through so many cycles of life. Lucy, Duane and family welcomed us as a part of their extended family many, many times in KS, MA, and ID. His legacy lives on! Lucy, thank you for sharing such an amazing person with us. We love you!!
From Bob and Anna Stearns:
He left a great legacy living a Christ-filled life. Blessings to all.
From Chris and Johnnell Bitterman :
We are sorry to here of Duanes passing. Chris has fond childhood memories of seeing him and his family when they visited Iowa in the summer.
From Aaron Clegg :
My thoughts and prayers with Lucy . I had the opptunity to sing with Duane from 2006-2013 in the Snake River Flats Chorus and enjoyed listening to his stories and jokes . Duane was a great person to be around and will be deeply missed .
From Lisa Dayley:
My deepest sympathies to Lucy.
I interviewed Duane about his military service for the Minidoka County News, and his story was a favorite of mine. The story talked about at the age of just 19, Duane being shot down and being held in German POW hospital. Shortly after, the war ended, and hospital officials placed him in charge of that hospital. He also escorted famed general Omar Bradley who really was a "soldiers soldier." Someone should make a movie out of his World War II adventures. Duane was a wonderful man and will be missed.
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