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Charles "Charlie" Ross Knott, 58, of Park Rapids, formerly of Roanoke, Texas was promoted into eternal life Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 at his home near Park Rapids with his family at his side, following a valiant battle against cancer.

Charlie was born May 22, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas to Charles and Doris (Ottinger) Knott. It was in Roanoke that he attended public grade school and then went on to attend the Northwest High School in Justin, Texas where he graduated with the Class of 1972.

Charlie was a standout high school athlete who played football and baseball and participated in track. He also competed in high school rodeo and went on after high school to compete in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association as a bull rider.

After graduating from high school, Charlie enlisted in the United States Air Force where he went through basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas and then was based out of Champagne, Ill. After receiving his honorable discharge he returned to Texas where he worked at the General Motors Automotive Plant in Arlington, Texas.

In 1991, Charlie ventured north to Minnesota where he met and fell in love with Mary Kathryn Skoog of Wolf Lake. They were married Nov. 7, 1991. Charlie and Mary were blessed with four daughters, Nicole, Jerika, Camryn and Morgan.

For the past 18 years, Charlie had pursued a career in sales with Thielen Motors of Park Rapids. He enjoyed his friendships with the other staff members there and continued working at Thielen's as long as his health allowed.

In his spare time, Charlie was an avid golf enthusiast and played golf in all the area courses. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and possessed a sense of humor that made him the life of the party. Above all, Charlie devoted his life to his precious wife, Mary and his four dearly loved daughters.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Mary of Park Rapids; his four daughters, Nicole of Moorhead, Jerika, Camryn and Morgan all of Park Rapids; two sisters, Joy Kush of Richland Hills, Texas and Janice Foster of Corpus Christi, Texas; brother, Jimmy Dale Watson of Los Angeles, Calif.; as well as many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Kenneth and Judith Skoog and brother-in-law, Bob Kush.

Funeral service: 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 22 at Faithbridge Church in Park Rapids with Minister Scott Warne officiating.

Active casket bearers: his brothers-in-law, Ronald Skoog, Mark Skoog, Brad Skoog and Daniel Skoog.

Honorary casket bearers: Ted Thielen and the current and former employees of Thielen Motors.

Interment: will be made in the Balmi Cemetery near Wolf Lake.

Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21 at the Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids also one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

A luncheon will be provided for all following the service.

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