April 7, 1924 - June 15, 2012
John William Knoke, passed away Friday, June 15, 2012. He was born April 7, 1924, in Griswold, Iowa, to George and Golda (Allison) Knoke. John was a WWII Navy veteran serving on the USS Lexington when the ship was sunk in the Coral Sea. He was a lifelong Oregon resident, living most of his life in Bend. He was preceded in death by two sons, Dale and Randy, and his wife, Dorothy, who he was married to for 59 years. John was an avid jazz fan and attended local concerts regularly. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for many years.
He is survived by his son, Dennis B. Knoke of Bend, six grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be decided on later. Please visit the online registry for the family at www.niswonger-reynolds.com