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Howard Knaussman

Services for former Burns resident Howard L. Knaussman, 80, of El Dorado are scheduled for 11 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church, El Dorado.

He died Friday at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita. Cremation will precede the services.

Born July 18, 1928, in Newton to Theodore and Ruby (Ammeter) Knaussman, he grew up in Burns and was valedictorian of the Burns High School class of 1946.

An outstanding athlete in high school and at Butler Community College, he played basketball, football, baseball, and golf and later refereed high school and college basketball and kept score at basketball games at BCC, which honored him with a distinguished alumni award.

He married Jean Clark on June 27, 1948, served in the Army in the Korean Conflict, and worked as a refinery maintenance supervisor for Skelly, Getty and Texaco. After his retirement from Texaco he operated Knaussman Print Tray for 20 years.

A longtime treasurer and Sunday school teacher at First United Methodist, he also was a member of the American Legion and the BCC Booster Club.

Survivors include his wife, Jean; son, Kevin of Mesa, Ariz.; daughter, Karla Duran of El Dorado; brother, Robert of Emporia; sister, Theo Jean Winzer of El Dorado; and a grandson.

Two children, Marla and Eric, preceded him in death.

The family has suggested memorials to First United Methodist or the BCC Booster Club basketball program.

Last modified June 11, 2009

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