Colonel Timothy “Spike” Knoell, Nebraska National Guard Retired
April 13, 1929 – December 25, 2018
Born in New Helena, NE
Resided in Lincoln, NE
A Celebration of Spike’s life will be held Friday, January 4, 2019, at 11:00 am at Roper & Sons Mortuary, 4300 “O” Street, Lincoln, Nebraska. In lieu of flowers please donate to your favorite charity.
Colonel Timothy Carl “Spike” Knoell, Nebraska National Guard, Retired, passed away December 25, 2018. He was born April 13, 1929, on the family farm in New Helena, Nebraska to Edward and Mary (Maroney) Knoell. He married Phyllis Ann Knight June 12, 1951, who preceded him in death in 2015. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, a sister, and a grandson, Chad Gannon.
After graduating from Anselmo High School in 1946, Spike continued working the family farm in Anselmo, Nebraska. He enlisted in the National Guard as a private in 1950 while continuing his love of farming. In 1959, Spike relocated his family to Lincoln, Nebraska to devote a lifelong career with the National Guard. As a side “hobby” he, along with wife, owned and operated PJ’s liquor store in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Spike lived his life with pride, loyalty, and commitment, serving his state and community. He had a passion for cars, was young at heart, and thoroughly enjoyed social events, watching sports, boating, and pulling pranks on colleagues. Playing Santa became his trademark. His greatest hobby was tinkering.
Spike was a persistent, hardworking, devoted, and loving husband and father of four children. He is survived by his sister, Mary “Sis” Moulton; children, Pamela Steube, Jacqueline Knoell, Thomas Craig Knoell and Julie Ehlers; grandchildren, Hallie Steube Robinson, Lindsay Gannon, Carly Bari, Casey Knoell and Landon Ehlers; and great-grandchildren, Nicholas Gannon, Tyler Gannon, Jaylin Petersen, Michael Bari and Leo Ehlers.