Paul Edward Knaak, 83, of Cabool, Missouri, passed away on October 3, 2018 at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Missouri.
He was born on December 8, 1934 in Ottawa, Iowa, the son of Otto and Cleo (Lathrom) Knaak.
The family moved to the Cabool area where Paul graduated from Cabool High School in 1953. He then married his high school sweetheart, Wanda Adkison. Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1954 and served in Korea during wartime.
After his discharge from the Army, Paul and Wanda moved to Wichita, Kansas, where he worked for Boeing Airlines for several years. They later moved back to Cabool and Paul and his brother-in-law, Bob Adkison, opened a gas station, B and P Conoco, in 1959. In 1972, he opened Paul’s Auto Supply and Service Center which he retired from in 1995.
Paul rode a motorcycle all his life, traveling to every state. Paul and his son, Steven, went to many bike rallies together later in life, and he also liked going fishing with his son, Marty. After retirement, Paul and Wanda camped in a travel trailer around the United States for many years, camping for three to four months at a time.
Paul gave his life to the Lord as a young man and was a lifetime member of First Freewill Baptist Church in Cabool. He loved to play his guitar in church; over the years he played with several different gospel bands.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Wanda; and his brother, Richard Knaak.
He is survived by his sons, Steve Knaak and wife Sherry of Ozark, Missouri, and Marty Knaak of Cabool; three grandchildren, Cody Knaak of Nixa, Missouri, and Stephanie Maige and Stacey Fawbush of Ozark; and seven great-grandkids. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 14, 2018, at First Day Freewill Baptist Church in Cabool with Randy Gaddis officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in Cabool Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.