Wayne S. Knisely, 78, Duncansville, passed away Wednesday at his home.
He was born in Claysburg, son of Chester and Anna (Walter) Knisely. He married Lorraine Prough of Newry on Sept. 7, 1955, and they celebrated 58 years of marriage on Sept. 7, 2013.
Wayne was extremely proud of his children: Gary Weyandt (Sharon) of Bedford and Debbie Gray (Donald), Donna Hendrick and LeAnne Steiner, all of Duncansville; his seven grandchildren: Gary Weyandt Jr., Faith Walker, Amber and Bryanna Steiner, Aaron Keet and Rachael and Jared Thomas; and his seven great-grandchildren. He was especially fond of Elijah, his great-grandson, who spent many happy hours with his "Pappy."
He is also survived by a sister, Deloris Knisely of Claysburg; and many nieces and nephews.
Wayne proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, where he achieved the rank of sergeant first class. He was an excellent soldier and carried the skills he learned in the service with him the rest of his life. He also worked at SKF in Altoona and retired after 31 years of service.
Wayne was a skilled hunter and enjoyed going to Potter County to the Bullscrickers hunting camp with his friends. He rarely went a year without a deer and a turkey in the 68 years that he hunted. He was also an expert fisherman and loved the challenge of the sport. He was an avid bowler as well and won many trophies for his efforts.
Wayne's most notable gift may have been music. He was an extremely talented musician and played guitar for many years. He loved playing and singing with his family on cold winter nights or by the fire on cool summer evenings.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Sorge Funeral Home Inc., Hollidaysburg, and 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Grace Family Bible Church, Duncansville, Pastors James A. Zaebst and John Clemens Jr. officiating. Graveside service will be at Calvary Cemetery with full military honors by the Blair County Veterans Honor Guard.