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Robert Brett Knabel
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Obituary for Robert Brett Knabel

Robert Brett Williams Knabel, 42 years old of Trevor, WI passed away surrounded by his family at his home on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.

He was born March 9, 1975 in Lake Forest, IL, the son of Robert and Linda (nèe Williams) Knabel. On August 30, 1997, Brett married Tracy A. Marrs in Crystal Lake, IL and they resided in Galesburg, IL before finally settling in Trevor, WI in 2007. Brett served on the Galesburg Police Department and as a deputy on the Lake County Sheriff’s Department since October 2005.

Brett came to know the Lord at the age of 6 and his faith was very important to him. He had been working on his Masters of Divinity from Liberty University.  

Brett is survived by his wife of nearly 20 years, Tracy; their children, Tyler, Brandon, and Lexi; his parents, Robert and Linda Knabel; his sister, Nikki (Rob) Potter; his mother and father-in-law, Ronald and Pamela Marrs; his grandmothers, Mary Ann Knabel and Florence Massey; his brothers-in-law, Christopher (Kelly) Marrs and Brian (Stella) Marrs; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.  

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00AM Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Chain of Lakes Community Bible Church, 43 W. Grass Lake Rd. Lake Villa, IL 60046. Visitation will be held from 1:00PM until 7:00PM Friday evening at the Strang Funeral Home of Antioch, 1055 Main St. Antioch, IL 60002 and from 10:30AM until the start of the service Saturday at the church. Funeral Services will also be held at 11:00AM Monday, July 17, 2017 at Bethel Baptist Church, 1196 N. Academy St. Galesburg, IL 61401 with visitation beginning at 9:30AM. Interment will immediately follow in East Linwood Cemetery, Galesburg, IL. Watson-Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory, Galesburg is handling local arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201 or the American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Suite 550 Chicago, IL 60631.

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9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Bethel Baptist Church

1196 N Academy St
Galesburg, Il 61410





11:00 AM
Bethel Baptist Church

1196 N Academy St
Galesburg, Il 61410

Cemetery Details


East Linwood Cemetery

W. Main St.
Galesburg, Illinoi 61401

Memorial Contribution

American Brain Tumor Association

8550 W. Bryn Mawr
Suite 550
Chicago, Illinois 60631

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

1 Billy Graham Parkway
Charlotte, North Carolina 28201

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