Philip Dean Knowles, 79, of Newark, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.
Memorial service is 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Peace Lutheran Church in Hurst.
Phil was born April 23, 1935, in Hudson, Mich., to Nathan and Gladys Ball Knowles. He grew up on a dairy farm and graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in agriculture education in June of 1957. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force through the ROTC program, through which he also earned his private pilot’s license.
Phil married Lu Anne Whitcher Aug. 25, 1956. He was called to active duty in March of 1958 and served in Cheyenne, Wyo., Fairbanks, Ala., Enid, Okla., Waco and San Antonio. While he was based in Waco, he attended graduate school at Baylor University.
He left the Air Force in 1970 and flew for Braniff, Piedmont and U.S. Airways. He retired from active and reserve Air Force after more than 28 years of military service and retired from U.S. Air at age 60 in 1995.
After re-arranging Lu Anne’s spices, he joined Garland Pipe Organ Co. and was part of the Garland crew that installed the Peace Lutheran pipe organ.
Phil was a faithful servant of God throughout his life, serving in various capacities in the churches of which he was a member. He joined Peace Lutheran Church in 1976 with Lu Anne. He loved to sing and was active in singing, handbell and chime choirs, also serving on various committees, including the building committee that was responsible for the building of the present sanctuary.
One of Phil’s joys was making his famous beer biscuits for Kaffee Haus.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother and brother Silas.
Survivors include his wife, Lu Anne; son Mark and wife, Susan; daughter Beth McKeithen and husband, Ramsay; son Bill Lowrey and wife, Katherine; grandchildren Nathan Craig, Thomas and Josiah Knowles, Jackson and Caroline McKeithen and Aaron Lowrey; sister Anita Schultz and her children, Bruce, Gary, Leta, Laura and Scott; and the children of Silas: Janice, Linda and David; and brother and sister-in-law Ed and Jann Day.
Memorials may be made to Victory In Christ Lutheran Church in Newark.