Charles “Chuck” H. Knaack

Born: 12/11/1940 Passed:

Charles “Chuck” H. Knaack of Zoar, Ohio, passed away peacefully with his wife by his side on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at the age of 79. Chuck is preceded in death by his parents, Herb and Marion Knaack, and his two sisters. Chuck leaves behind his brother Gene Knaack; Margaret (June) Knaack, college sweetheart and wife of 54 years; daughter Zoey Knaack Shorts and son-in-law Dan; and grandchildren Zackary, Ryan and Morgan.

Chuck’s life was devoted to the Lord, his family, and his community. He led with a quiet strength, strong conviction and steadfast support to those around him. The Cleveland native and graduate of West Liberty University began his teaching career at Tusky Valley Schools in 1965. He worked as an art teacher for 31 years and served as a school board member at Tuscarawas Valley and Buckeye Career Center for 21 years. Chuck’s perspective, wisdom, and counsel helped guide the school district as he understood the importance of providing a premiere public education experience for all children.

Chuck and his wife June moved to Zoar in 1970 where he became an active community leader that accomplished much during his tenure. He served as Mayor for 16 years where he was instrumental in the reorganization of the Zoar Fire Department, the restructuring of village zoning, and improved the village water system. He also served as President of the Zoar Village Council and Vice President of the Zoar Community Association. He was the sole creator and curator of the local Town Hall Museum which includes the Ohio & Eric Canal artifacts. His grant writing ability helped raise over a million dollars for several local historical building restorations in Zoar. Chuck is a life member of the Tuscarawas County Historical Society, the Zoar Community Association and he received a federal appointment to the Ohio and Eric Canal National Heritage Corridor Committee.

Chuck’s humble presence and faithfulness to his school district and community will be greatly missed. In keeping with his wish’s no calling hours or public service will be observed. Cremation will take place through the Heritage Cremation Society and a private family service will be held. People wishing to honor Chuck’s lifelong commitment to his community can make donations to the Zoar Community Association PO Box 621 Zoar, OH 44697. Condolences can be shared with the family online at

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10 Tributes to Charles “Chuck” H. Knaack

  1. Mike and Sandy Triplett says:

    Mike and I are better people having known Chuck. We so appreciated him and will miss him. Yes, he was a quiet presence I like to say a pillar.

    • Douglas Becknell says:

      Our deepest sympathies to the entire Knaack family. I had Mr Knaack for Art class not to mention I mowed their yard with my dad and brothers. God Bless

      Doug&Kathy Becknell

  2. Lisa Geers says:

    There aren’t enough words or enough space. What a great man who impacted so many lives in a positive way – including people who never met him through his love of preserving Zoar history and art. Not many can claim that. I will always remember that ornery smile and the gleam in his eye when talking to him. From the days of elementary art class in the 60s to serving with him on ZCA board – I’m a better person for knowing him. Prayers to you all for strength and healing.

  3. Ruth Anne Dingwell says:


    I am so sorry to hear of Chuck’s passing. Prayers for you and your family.

    • Tammy (App) Huggins says:

      To the family and friends of Mr. Knaak, you have our deepest sympathy. He was our art teacher and we always enjoyed talking to him through the years. God bless. Tom and Tammy

  4. Amy Burrier says:

    Sitting next to Chuck these last 7 years on the Tuscarawas Valley School board has been an honor. Chuck always thought every decision through as well as listened to all before speaking. I respected him as a mentor and feel he has taught me so much in my role on the board. He will be missed by this community, but we know he is in Heaven rejoicing.

  5. Joe and Kaye Cline says:

    We think that Wordsworth said it beautifully….

    “Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
    The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,
    Hath had elsewhere its setting, and cometh from afar:

    Not in entire forgetfulness, And not in utter nakedness,
    But trailing clouds of glory do we come from God, who is our home:”

    Despite our sadness at his departure, we rejoice that our dear friend Chuck has returned Home, but we shall always miss him.

    “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”

  6. Myrna Hugh says:

    June and Family,
    Please know that you have our deep sympathy with the knowledge of
    Chuck’s passing. What a solid legacy he leaves for the community and
    your family. I am sure you will find some comfort in the many tributes.
    We will keep you all in prayer.

  7. Sally S Green says:

    June, Zoey and family,
    It is hard for me to pass through Zoar without thinking of Chuck and him not being there. I am thankful that our merciful God allowed Chuck to meet our Lord and Savior in his sleep. Heaven is rejoicing! Chuck’s quiet strengh and ability to listen has been such a blessing these last 15 years to me as I served with him on the Tusky Valley School Board. I have never meet a more wiser and thoughtful man. He was loved dearly and I will miss him greatly. May God give you comfort and peace for your loss,

  8. Joni Poirrier says:


    I am so sad to hear of the loss of such a wonderful man. He was a kind individual. I received the news only this week. May all the wonderful memories help you and your family thru these trying times. He is greatly missed.

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