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James Knoke

June 30, 1929 -
December 23, 2021

James “Jim” Knoke of Champaign passed away Thursday, December 23 at Carle Hospital at the age of 92.

Jim Was born June 30, 1929, the son of Herman and Lucy Knoke in the Village of Gresham, Wisconsin.  He was a “Class of 46” graduate of Gresham High School. He often told stories of his early life growing up amid the…read more

James “Jim” Knoke of Champaign passed away Thursday, December 23 at Carle Hospital at the age of 92.

Jim Was born June 30, 1929, the son of Herman and Lucy Knoke in the Village of Gresham, Wisconsin.  He was a “Class of 46” graduate of Gresham High School. He often told stories of his early life growing up amid the forests and farmlands, lakeshores, and riverbeds.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1947 where his training in logistics with the Army Quartermaster Corp helped prepare him for many of his future career paths.  He married Marie Berchtold in September 1950 in Madigan Army Hospital Chapel in Tacoma, Wa.  The marriage lasted 69 years, and they raised five children, Michael, Mary, Joseph, Edward, and Paul.  He was a member of Holy Cross Church.

He is survived by son Michael Knoke (Kate) of Champaign, daughter Mary Bales of Champaign, daughters in law Merry Knoke of West Bend,WI, Sharon Knoke of Paxton,; grandsons Luke (Elizabeth) Knoke, Nick Knoke, Tim Knoke all of Champaign and Patrick Knoke of West Bend Wi. Great Grandchildren Elijah and Emily Knoke of Champaign, siblings Alice Bruss and Anita Knoke and brothers John, Gene and Dan Knoke, all of Wisconsin

He was preceded in death by his wife Marie, sons Joseph, Paul and Edward Knoke; Son-in-law Kirk Bales, his parents, brother Herman and sisters Lorraine Jansen, Cecile Bruss and Marion Moede.

His seven years of military service were served in stateside army installations, overseas in the Aleutian Islands and in Korea during the Korean War. He was proud of his military service and attained the rank of Master Sergeant. He received a Department of the Army Award and holds letters of commendation from several senior officers.

Education in electronics at the DeVry Technical Institute led to 1955 employment at the University of Illinois in Urbana. He assisted in the invention and development of the Plasma Display Panel.  His 1993 retirement as Network Manager of the PLATO System ended his forty-year career in the sciences. Jim was a recipient of the University of Illinois Chancellors Distinguished Staff Award.

Due to current COVID concerns, there will be no visitation or funeral.

There will be celebration of his life planned for a future date.

Memorial donations may be made to a donor’s choice, The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Wounded Warrior Project or St Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Condolences may be offered at morganmemorialhome.com.

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