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Wayne Delos Knouff

Wayne Knouff, 88, of Central Point, Oregon passed away October 18, 2017 at Providence Hospital in Medford. Born in Rensselaer, Indiana to Clarence and Christine (Shelley) Knouff, he had 12 brothers and sisters. Wayne was a beloved husband, father, relative, and friend to a large community. He was a hard worker, a master of all trades, and above all, held God and his family in highest regard.

He started working at a young age as a baker’s apprentice, plasterer, drywall installer, and learned how to build houses while growing up in Rensselaer, Ind. He moved to Ashland, Ore. in 1962 and worked as a foreman at Lininger’s pipe plant. Wayne had six kids through a marriage with Mary Richards Knouff Strain from 1950 to 1969.

Wayne enjoyed square dancing, and in 1975 asked Verna Belrose if she would like to dance. She accepted and proceeded to sweep him off his feet. Verna had three sons from a previous marriage who Wayne considered to be his own. After what Wayne described as a whirlwind courtship (of seven years), Wayne and Verna were joined in marriage on a beautiful day, January 29, 1982. Wayne was blessed with Verna who was a wife, friend, and companion to him for 35 years.

Upon retirement from Lininger’s after 29 years, Wayne followed his passion in carpentry and partnered with his son and grandsons to build Knouff Homes. He was a quality craftsman and especially liked to trim out houses and took pride in finishing work. Wayne and Verna lived in Rogue River for many years. A devoted Catholic, he took great joy in the work he did contributed to the refurbishment of Our Lady of the River Catholic Church in Rogue River.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Verna; brothers, Bernard (Francis) and Roger (Helen); sisters, Charlotte Faucher and Georgiana Reed; sons, David, Richard (Terry), Mark (Laura), Jerry (Lisa), Dan (Terri) Bourdeau, and Mark (Stephanie) Belrose; daughters, Janet (Chip) Ward, and Susan (Mark) Hall; 21 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families living here in Oregon and throughout the Midwest.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Christine; brothers, Robert, James, and Thomas; sisters, Elizabeth, Mary Rowinski, Pauline Mullins, Bernadine Strain Miller, and his twin, Virginia Schanlaub; son, Tom Belrose; and grandson, Gregory Ward

A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of the River Catholic Church, 3625 N River Rd., Gold Hill, OR 97525 (GPS recognized) Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. If you are sending flowers please direct florist to deliver to custodian’s house across field to the left if church gate is closed. Donations made in Wayne Knouff’s honor to Saint Jude Children's Hospital are most appreciated.

Information can also be found on the web at www.hillcrestmortuary.com.

Wayne Delos Knouff