MOUNT CARMEL – Edward Oscar Knowles, 87, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at the Deaconess Midtown Campus in Evansville, Indiana.

He was born April 5, 1931, in Warrick County, Indiana, the son of Orville and Ester (Heugel) Knowles. On July 9, 1949, Edward married Ruth Rosalind Hargrave. She preceded him in death after 56 wonderful years of marriage.

Edward owned and operated UniParts Incorporated in Princeton, Indiana. The business was very successful and was handed down to his son, Larry, who successfully ran it as well. The business later moved to Mt. Carmel, Illinois.

He was a devoted father and husband who loved time spent with family. Several of his fond memories were celebrating his parents’ 60th wedding anniversary in Arizona, and later, he and his devoted wife’s 50th-anniversary celebration. Edward enjoyed family vacations, fishing, fishing excursions, camping, being outdoors, crafting and creating.

Left to cherish Edward’s memory is his children, Larry Richard Knowles and his wife Lana of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, and Darlene Ankenbrand of Atlanta, Georgia; brother, Chester Knowles; sisters, Paula Knowles, Carol Digiacoma, Mary Ryder and Martha Toliver; twelve grandchildren; and, was blessed with many great and great-great grandchildren.

Edward was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruth R.; children Steven Edward Knowles and Edward Alan Knowles; and siblings, Eugene Robert, Ruth, Anna and Alice.

Friends and family may gather for a visitation Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, from 10 until 1 p.m. in the Chapel of Short Funeral Home, 527 N. Mulberry Street, Mt. Carmel, Illinois. A graveside service will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Highland Memorial Cemetery, 1827 College Drive, Mt. Carmel, Illinois.

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