Donald W. Knisely Jr.

Born: 02/15/1942 Passed:

Donald W. Knisely Jr., age 76 of New Philadelphia, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 14, following an extended battle with Parkinson’s. He was deeply loved by his adoring wife Shirley and loved beyond belief by his family. He found joy in spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He cherished all the people in his life and if you were a friend, you were family to him. He always wore a smile and made many people laugh! He was very much admired and will be terribly missed.

Don worked for 43 years for the cable company in New Philadelphia from which he retired in 2004. He had a love of fast cars and owned Knisely’s Automotive where he rebuilt engines, worked on cars and built his pulling tractors “Grandma McCormick” and “Quick Silver”. He enjoyed Drag Racing and NASCAR. One of the things he loved most was the 2014 Power Tour with his boys.

Don had fun traveling! He enjoyed many water parks, amusement parks and vacations with his family and friends over the years. He was always wanting to make great memories. His favorite vacations were his trips to England, Italy, Hawaii, Alaska and the National Parks.

He is preceded in death by his parents Donald and Wilma Knisely both of New Philadelphia and his infant son Dustin, former daughter-in-law Shelly and long-time great friend Sonny Sedares.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley of New Philadelphia and his 5 children, 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren: Bill and his wife Nicole, his children Javin and Cain, and stepsons Terry and Hunter; Mike and his wife Staci, their children Logan and Sami; Michelle Sturiale and her husband John, their children Kaylan and Kara (husband Kyle Winland and children Lydia and Luca); Scott and his wife Melinda, their children Alex and Allie; Kurt and his wife Angie, their children Zoe and Rowan; his brother Dave, wife Kendra, their children Heath, Heather, Brock and their families and his cherished cousin Louanne Rogerson.

Don’s wishes were to have a celebration of life instead of a funeral service. A Celebration of Life “Cruise In” will be held in his honor on November 1, 2018 at Rustic Ridge Wedding Barn (1101 Dawn Dr. N.E. , New Philadelphia) from 5:00-8:00 for family and friends.

As a way of saying thank you to Hospice, the family would appreciate donations to them in lieu of sending flowers, as they have been a wonderful help to the family. Please send donations to Community Hospice Truman House, 716 Commercial Ave. S.W. ,New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.


14 Tributes to Donald W. Knisely Jr.

  1. Michelle (Shelly Cargnel) Gooding says:

    He was always a Father figure to me having grown up directly across the street from him. He was the first man I called Daddy. “Daddy Don” was funny, loving, caring and would do anything to help anyone. His children, me, and my brothers would all climb in the back of his red El Camino for a ride to teh Goshen Dairy where he’s by us ice cream. I remember falling on the road infront of our houses and crying with a bloody knee. He came running and picked me up and carried me to my Mother to be tended too. I spent many nights at the Knisleys house after playing all day between our homes and remember him coming in to give me cough syrup in the middle of the night one time instead of sending me home. I’m sure my coughing was keeping him awake. I can visualize him in his Cable truck coming home from work and of course in the garage working on vehicles into the dark hours of the evening. He would laugh with me and his daughter Michelle when we would be so silly. I don’t ever remember him getting mad. He had a sparkle in his eyes and a huge wonderful smile. I loved him and will miss him dearly! My prayers are for his family and friends to seek God for comfort in this time of grieving. Much love to Shirley, Bill, Mike, Michelle ( Mi Mi), Scott and Kurt and thank you for the great memories of growing up together!

  2. Sue Kimble says:

    Thoughts and prayers to family and friends..
    With Deepest Sympathy
    Sue Kimble

  3. Lori Contini says:

    I have wonderful memories working with Don. He was such a kind man! My thoughts are with your family.

  4. Sue Swihart May says:

    Don was a wonderful person and true friend to my brother-in-law, Sonny. He made my childhood friend, Shirley, a really fantastic husband. His kids know w
    hat a terrific father he was. I always enjoyed talking to him when he would come into the airport and we would catch up on everything going on in his and Shirley’s life. He would tell him what trip they going on next. Don will be missed but never forgotten!

  5. Carolyn Vaughn says:

    Dear Shirley and Family, So very sorry for your loss of Don, what a great friend and school friend also…We were dance partners at the Youth Center back in the day…Keeping you in prayers and good thoughts….

  6. Sue Swihart May says:

    Don was a wonderful guy. A true friend to my brother-in-law, Sonny. A terrific dad to his kids, and fantastic husband to my childhood friend Shirley. Don and I always chatted and caught up when he came into the airport. Always excited about the next trip they were about to take!
    Such a good man will be surely missed but never forgotten!

  7. Denny Henke says:

    What a nice guy Don was to work and hang with! It was fun to be around him. I’ll miss ‘ KaNis’ as I called him. My sympathies to his wife and family!

  8. Don W. & Cleo Levengood says:

    We are sorry to hear of your loss. You have our deepest sympathy and our prayers.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Our Deepest Sympathy and Prayers to the family.
    Joe and Martha Dalcoma and Family

  10. Bob and Ann Wilson says:

    I worked with Don Many years at the local TV Cable Company. Don was always the first to offer help and support to fellow employees. I enjoyed time spent with Don and will miss him very much.
    Shirley and Family, We are so sorry for your loss.

  11. Jan Sensbach says:

    What an absolutely wonderful person! I feel so blessed to have had the privilege of knowing Don. Loved his chuckle.

  12. Lisa Bailey says:

    Don was one of the Good Guys! He was so fun to work with & part of our work family years ago. I had the honor of working with Don for 20 years. My thoughts & prayers are with all of you.

  13. Wayne Sickinger says:

    Don was my Mentor on building engines when I worked at his speed shop when I was in High School. He was the best. He was one of the nicest guy that I ever knew. He will be sadly missed. My prayers go out to his family.

  14. Sandy Wagner says:

    Don was a wonderful man to work with. He was so dedicated and gave 110% in what ever he did. I worked with Don for many many years in the cable industry and it was an honor to know and work with him.
    May he Rest In Peace. Prayers and thoughts are with you Shirley and your wonderful family.

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