Pat was born Aug. 16, 1944, at home in Brazil, to William James Knierim and Lula Dean Knierim.
He spent most of his life in Brazil. He graduated in 1962 from Brazil High School and was a member of the Indiana National Guard for a short time before being honorably discharged.
He was a lifelong auto mechanic, working at JC Penny Auto at Lafayette Square, Indianapolis, from 1968-74.
He worked at Montgomery Ward in Terre Haute from 1974-80. Pat then purchased his own business that became Pat's Alignment and Tires for the next 25 years. He was known for his honesty and dependable work.
On July 18, 1967, he married the love of his life, Janella Price, who survives him. She is the media specialist at Sugar Grover Elementary in the Vigo County School Corporation.
He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and was one of the regulars at the YMCA and loved to socialize at the local "coffee" establishments since his retirement in August 2006. He also enjoyed old cars, Blair Carmen concerts, Elvis, trips to Branson, Mo., and especially his dogs, most recently, Petie, his shadow.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother William J. Knierim II, Jacksonville, Fla., in February 2008, and sister Theresa Borgis, San Francisco, in 1984.
Survivors include his wife Janella, sisters Sister Imelda (Catherine) of St. Cloud, Minn., Sister Bernadine (Nancy) of Washington, D.C., and Rosemary Littlefield and husband Chuck, St. Louis, children Michelle D. Neese and husband Gary A., Poland, and Robert F. Knierim and wife Shannan, Seelyville, and grandchildren Kylee Cox, Makayla Thomas, Kikayla Knierim, Cole Neese and Emma Knierim.
When Pat was seen with his wife Janella, he was always holding her hand. His friends loved his one-of-a-kind laugh, and his habit of always having a joke to tell. In Pat's absence, the entire community will suffer an enormous loss.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., today, at Moore Funeral Home, with a Scriptural Rosary Service to be conducted at 7 p.m.
Services will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, with Father Kern officiating. Burial will follow at Restlawn Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Annunciation Catholic Church, Brazil, Holy Rosary Church, Seelyville, or the Clay County Humane Society.
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