Robert P. "Bob" Knaub, 80, Gering

Robert P. "Bob" Knaub, 80, of Gering, passed away Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at his home. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 30, 2013 at Calvary Memorial Evangelical Free Church in Gering with Pastor Gary Hashley officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Cemetery in Gering. The Nebraska Army National Guard will provide military funeral honors. Visitation will be held from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, August 29, at Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff. Memorials may be made to Prairie Haven Hospice.

Bob was born February 8, 1933 in Minatare to Phillip and Helen (Hiegel) Knaub. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1951 and was honorably discharged in 1954. Bob was a Paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division and Sergeant 1st Class.

Robert married Peggy Joyce Williford on October 3, 1953 in Dillion, South Carolina. To this union five children were born, Bobby, Anita, Pamela, Renee and Phillip. Upon his completion of duty in the service, he and Peggy moved to Scottsbluff. They moved to Gering in 1962 and purchased the family farm in 1964.

In early years, Bob loved to take his family camping, fishing and skiing. Bob was a meat market manager working at Safeway for 21 years. His passion, however, was always farming. He farmed from 1964 until ill health began to limit him in 2011.

Survivors include his children, Bobby (Sandy) Knaub of Gering, Anita (Dan) Grubbs of Minatare, Pamela (Randy) Nation of Gering and Renee (Rodney) Lewandowski of Gering; 11 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; brothers, Melvin (Eldora) Knaub of Gering and Jerry (Sheri) Knaub of Las Vegas, NV; special friend and cousin, LeRoy (Opal) Knaub; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Bob in death were his parents; wife Peggy; son, Phillip; niece, Sheila Knaub Flory; nephew, Jeffrey Knaub; one great granddaughter; four brothers-in-law; and one sister-in-law.

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