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Van Knox

November 14, 1948 ~ July 14, 2021 (age 72)

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Vandell Knox, age 72, of Kendallville, died Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Van was born in Detroit, Michigan on November 14, 1948 to Burnis and Cleta Mae (Manns) Knox. He graduated from East Noble High School in 1967. He honorably served his country in the Army National Guard. He married Rita Kay Coffelt on May 10, 1969 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kendallville. He completed a bachelor’s degree in business administration from International Business College and St. Francis University in Fort Wayne. In the past, Van was employed in operations management with Reliable Tool, McCray Refrigeration and Monsanto. For more than 20+ years, he was a self-employed quality systems auditor. Van loved hunting and fishing, Chicago Bears football and being with his family.

Survivors include:
Wife, Rita Knox of Kendallville.
Daughter, Michelle Fansler of Kendallville.
Son, Brad and Barb Knox of Fort Wayne.
Five grandchildren: Colton and Morgan Jaquay of Avilla; Jami Jaquay of Avilla; Allison Knox of Fort Wayne; Devon Fansler of Kendallville; and Megan Knox of Fort Wayne. Great grandson, Briar Jaquay.
Mother, Cleta Mae Knox of Kendallville.
Brother, Bill and Susie Knox of Corunna.
Sister, Karen and Danny Spencer of Kendallville.
Sister, Sandy and Ben Franklin of Kendallville.
Many nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by his father, Burnis Knox and sister, Sharon Branham.

Visitation will be held Sunday, July 18, 2021 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM at Hite Funeral Home.
Funeral services with military honors will be held Monday, July 19, 2021 at Hite Funeral Home.
Burial will take place at a later date at Lake View Cemetery in Kendallville.
Memorial donations may be made to Turnstone or Noble County Humane Society.

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July 18, 2021

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Hite Funeral Home
403 South Main Street
Kendallville, Indiana 46755

Funeral Service
July 19, 2021

11:00 AM
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
301 East Diamond Street
Kendallville, IN 46755

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