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Porter resident James O. Knoth died Friday, July 30, 2010 at his home. He was 89.

James was born June 8, 1921 in Hammond to William and Bessie (Abbot) Knoth, both of whom preceded him in death. On Dec. 20, 1945 in Michigan City, he married June Roeske, who survives.

Also surviving are a son Russell (wife Rose Marie) Knoth of Germantown, Wisc.; daughter Ruth (husband Lloyd) Samplawski of Valparaiso; grandchildren Renee Stolowski, Robert Knoth, Barbara Palansky and Lloyd Samplawski III; and five great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by son Ray Allen Knoth, a brother, three sisters and one great-grandchild.

James was a journeyman electrician for Sweeney Electric and was member of IBEW Local 697 for 60 years, retiring in 1985. He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. He was a member of IBEW Local 697 in Hammond. He enjoyed model trains and railroading, woodworking, and his dogs Buddy, Shep and Druid. He loved his family and grandchildren. He also enjoyed camping and visiting every state.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 4 at 1 p.m. at Carlisle Funeral Home, 613 Washington St., Michigan City. Friends may call at Carlisle Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Wednesday from noon until the service. Pastor Craig Forwalter will officiate. Burial with full military rites will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the IBEW Local 697 and to the donorís choice. To view his tribute, leave private or public condolences or sign the guest book, visit


Posted 8/2/2010