April 30, 1929 ~ March 9, 2020 (age 90)


In Loving Memory of John R. Knadler, Sr., 90, died on Monday, March 9, 2020 at Mountain View Manor in Eureka.  He was born on April 30, 1929 at Belgrade, Montana to Edwin and Florence Melton Knadler.  He moved to Libby in 1952. There he worked numerous jobs including mining and he also served as a police officer.

John worked in other parts of the country, even in Japan. He loved to share stories and pictures of time worked in Alaska on the pipeline.  He retired and moved to Eureka where he made his home with his beloved dog Shadow and his family.  John enjoyed many outdoor activities, fishing, hunting, and hiking. He also loved doing various woodworks.  He was much loved and will be greatly missed by his friends and family.  John often said “I’m finer than frog hair”.

John was preceded in death by his parents, and children Linda Gravelle, Richard Underwood, Steve Knadler); siblings Ed Knadler, Frank Knadler, Art Knadler, Evelyn Gilkerson, Arlene Kendel.

Survivors include his children Bill and Georgia Thompson, Colville, WA; Shirley Totten and Ray Speed, Eureka, MT; Robert Underwood and Sidney, Ronan, MT; John and Terri Knadler, Spokane, WA; Melanie McDonald and Ron Guckenberg, Eureka, MT; Marla and Steve Freeman, St. Regis, MT; ex wife June Knadler Roose, Eureka; 53 grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorials may be made to Mountain View Manor in Eureka.  Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Eureka.  Online condolences and memories may be shared at

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