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KNECHT, Donald Andrew

March, 29, 1926 – December 6, 2012

Following a stroke Donald Knecht, passed away peacefully at the Peter Lougheed Hospital on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at the age of 86 years.

Donald Andrew Knecht was born March 29, 1926 to Otto and Ellen Knecht of Mayton, Alberta. He was the oldest of six children.

After attending school in Torrington and Olds, Don joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1944. When the war ended, he worked in Calgary then returned to farming with his Dad near Olds. In 1948, Don married Joyce Richards of Olds and in 1950 their daughter, Patsy Lee was born. He and his Dad retired from farming in 1962. Don subsequently attended SAIT and qualified as a journeyman Electrician. After gaining experience with other electrical companies, Don was employed as the maintenance electrician for the Highlander and Carriage House hotels for twenty-five years. He eventually formed his own company with wife Joyce, retiring at the age of seventy.

Don was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion 105 Olds, the Olds Stock Car Club and The Calgary Sports Car Club. He held a private pilot license, was active on the boards of the condominiums in which he and Joyce lived, and until recently walked 2.5 miles a day.

Don is survived by his wife of sixty-four years, Joyce Knecht of Calgary; grandchildren, Andrew Moreau of Duncam, B.C., Kristina (Brien) Montgomery, and Laura Moreau (Ryan Patterson) of Victoria, B.C.; son-in-law Leo (Lyne) Moreau of Duncan, B.C.; five great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren; sisters Margaret Rosehill of Olds and Beth Dorsey of Calgary; brothers Robert (Ileen) Knecht and Norman (Pat) Knecht of Calgary; and sister-in-law Joy Knecht of Revelstoke, B.C. He was predeceased by his daughter Pat Moreau; brother Gordon Knecht; brother-in-law Charles Rosehill; and parents Otto and Ellen Knecht.

Funeral Services will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall, Branch #105, 5241 46 St. Olds, AB on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through We shall miss Don in so many ways.

In living memory of Donald Knecht a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Cindy and Dale Young :

    We are so sorry to hear this news. Sending you love and blessings, and our sincere condolences to Joyce and family.
    Deepest regards,
    Cindy and Dale Young

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  2. Anne & Al Seddon :

    Dear Joyce,

    We were saddened to hear of Don’s passing. Please accept our condolences.

    Anne & Al

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  3. Pierre & Val Chardon :

    Dear Joyce and family,

    We were very sorry to hear of Don’s passing…so many fond memories of the times spent together at the Highlander…please accept our most sincere condolences.

    Val & Pierre Chardon.

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  4. Dear Joyce,
    Please accept my deepest condolences on Don’s passing. I fondly remember Don’s broad smile and the many chuckles that we and the other fellows had with you and Don at the Crowchild Inn. Meryl and I also send our condolences to Norm, Pat, Bridget, Garrett and the rest of your family.
    Mel Belich

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  5. Dear Joyce;
    I would like to offer you my sincere condolences on Don’s passing. I always enjoyed seeing you two on our Friday meetings – we all had a lot of fun. Please pass my condolences on to Norm and Pat and the rest of the family.
    Bill Benedict

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