Howard 'Howdy' B. Knouse
May 25, 1936 - January 27, 2017
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HOWARD 'HOWDY' KNOUSE
MUSCATINE, Iowa - Howard B. 'Howdy' Knouse, 80, of Muscatine, passed away on Friday, January 27, 2017, at Simpson Memorial Home in West Liberty.

Private Burial will take place in Oakdale Cemetery in Wilton. Visitation will be from 3 until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the family in care of Mindy Strause. Online condolences: www.wittichfuneralhome.com


Howdy was born on May 25, 1936, in Muscatine, the son of Howard O. and Kathryn B. Weikert Knouse. His first marriage was to Darlene Zaehringer in 1957, and he later married Judy Shoultz in 1964.

He was a self-employed contractor and mason, starting his work career with his father at K&H Concrete. He started Knouse Masonry which later became Knouse Construction which he operated for 40 years. For 13 years he owned Island CB Sales. He owned Galesburg Auto Mart, and started Muscatine Tire and Wheel with Jim Lowe. He was also a Wausau Homes dealer in the area for 13 years.

He loved bowling, woodworking, and spending time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed doing family movies and had kept a diary every day for over 50 years.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Perrian Locke of Muscatine, Christopher Knouse (Melanie) of Toledo, and Lisa Pratt (Jerry), Brad H. Knouse, and Mindy Strause, all of Muscatine; 19 grandchildren, Aaron, Nicholas, Jordan, Spencer, Ashley, Ashlynn, Mikayla, Tanner, Cordell, Wyatt, Lynnlee, Sami Jo, Shelby, Drake, Drew, Lanie, Aubrey, Noah, and Alex; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Sharon McDaniel.
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Tue, January 31, 2017
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM


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Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home
1931 Houser Street
Muscatine, Iowa 52761


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Curt Degner
Feb 2, 2017

I knew Howdy for many years. He always had a smile and never said an unkind word. I enjoyed working with him on may projects at Drake Park over the years. God bless all of you. You are in my prayers.

Tara "Shoultz" Hogan
Jan 31, 2017

I have so many wonderful memories of Uncle Howdy....always there with open arms, a smile and a hug all with the video recorder on his shoulder. To say that he will be missed is an understatement. To my cousins....I am ... more

Jan 31, 2017
I have so many wonderful memories of Uncle Howdy....always there with open arms, a smile and a hug all with the video recorder on his shoulder. To say that he will be missed is an understatement. To my cousins....I am so sorry that you all have to go thru this...with the love and support from family and friends my hope is that your pain will be eased. The pearly gates where wide open waiting for him to enter and the light was shining brightly, may eternal peace forever be with Uncle Howdy until we meet again. I love you all.

Tara "Shoultz" Hogan
Rondalyn Weyrick
Jan 30, 2017

Lifting you all up in prayer during this difficult time . Sincerely Rondalyn

Lynne M Lackey
Jan 30, 2017

Howdy is remembered fondly. It seems whenever I would run into him, he would have have a funny saying that would make you smile. Prayers to the family.

Susan Shoultz Loyd
Jan 30, 2017

Howdy is in my first childhood memories. I was only 4 when he became part of our family. The day he met my parents he swooped my up on his shoulders and it was love at first sight!!! Every holiday memory as I was growing... more

Jan 30, 2017
Howdy is in my first childhood memories. I was only 4 when he became part of our family. The day he met my parents he swooped my up on his shoulders and it was love at first sight!!! Every holiday memory as I was growing up he was there with a hug and smile. When dad died he became a granddad for my kids. Sooooooooooo many fond memories and kind words . These are now treasures. Thanks Howdy and blessings to you'r loved ones. Suzi

Susan Shoultz Loyd
Rosemary Smartt (sister)
Jan 29, 2017

I've know Howdy since junior High,always a little ornery and a lot of fun to be around,a lot of fun memories, rest in peace Howdy God be with you in journey home. Martha McCracken Marx

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