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Melvin "Sonny" E. Knowles, 75, of Rice, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Sonny was born Nov. 21, 1938 to Emmertt and Mildred (Willard) Knowles in Hubbard County.

On Feb. 14, 1998 he married Joy (Dropps) Boser in Rice. Sonny is a 37 year resident of Rice formerly residing in Menahga. Sonny served our country in the U.S. Army.

He worked as a heavy equipment operator for numerous contractors, inspected both water and sewer, and was a logger in Menahga.

Sonny is a member of 49ers International Union, Park Rapids American Legion and Sauk Rapids VFW Post 6992.

Sonny enjoyed restoring Farmall tractors, four wheeling, hunting, and snowmobiling. He also enjoyed BIG bonfires, BIG equipment and Miller Lite.

Sonny is survived by his wife of 16 years, Joy; children, Bobbie Jean (Jesse) Zamarripa of St. Paul, Melvin II, Patty (Scott) Warne and Jody Anderson all of Park Rapids; siblings, Delores (Bob) Rumley, Darrell (Roxann), Dennis (Ethel), Shirley Brown, Wesley (Melanie), Russell (Vickie), Audrey Shephard, Marlene (Delmar) Winebrenner, Roxanne (Arthur) Scholz, Rodney (Tamara), Cindy (Jim), and Tammy (Steve) Schroeder; brother-in- law, Bernard Wojcik; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He is preceded in death by parents; son, Steven; sisters, Donna, Faith, Carol Fix, Betty Wojcik; brothers-in-law, Darwin Shephard and Philip Fix; and granddaughter, Kiela.

Funeral service: 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 19 at Graham United Methodist Church, Graham Township, Benton, County. Pastor Suzanne Maki will officiate.

Burial: Graham Cemetery.

Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids, also one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the church.

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