Obituary: William John Knabke

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William John Knabke passed away peacefully on April 5, 2022 surrounded by his loving family. He was able to say goodbye to many of his close family and friends while keeping his sense of humor intact.

William John Knabke (Courtesy photo)

Bill was born in 1942 and grew up in Sunnyvale, Calif. He was the son of William and Josephine Knabke. Eventually, he met Carmen, the love of his life during one of his many trips through Central America. They would have celebrated 50 years of marriage this November.

In 1963, he started working seasonally with the US Forest Service as an entomologist, where he got to travel the state and quickly fell in love with the beauty of Alaska. Many years later he would make a yearly fishing voyage for more outdoor adventures with his Alaskan friends.

His teaching career started in Dixon at the adult education school. He then went to Woodland as the lead teacher of adult education for five years. After that, he taught in Winters for six years, and then in 1986, he moved to Grant High School in Sacramento, where he taught history until he retired in 2002. After his retirement, he taught Spanish to Woodland police officers.

Bill loved living in Winters, and was often found at the pool during the adult lap hour, or riding his bike down Putah Creek Road. His curiosity about other cultures made him a lifelong traveler, and he was always planning his future trips. He also took pride in his garden and would be found in the kitchen whipping up new recipes.

He is survived by his loving wife Carmen, his two daughters Kristina and Rebecca, and their families. He, also, was fortunate to have his brothers living nearby, James and John Knabke, and their families.

A Celebration of Life was held at Turkovich Family Winery on April 15 with family and friends.

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