Marion Ray Knaus, 83, of Parkersburg, passed away on May 27, 2012, at Cedar Grove Personal Care.
He was born in Parkersburg on Nov. 28, 1928, a son of the late Marion C. and Eve Fay Mount Knaus.
He graduated from Parkersburg High School and served his country in the Army during the Korean Conflict. He served with the 11th Airborne and with the 2nd Infantry Division as a Sergeant 1st Class, and participated in the battle at Bloody Bridge. He and several of his fellow squad members were featured on the cover of Newsweek magazine for their devoted service.
Following his service in the Army, Ray worked for Pure Dairy for several years. He worked with the Corps of Engineers on construction of the Belleville Dam. He was then hired as the first driver in the area for Yellow Freight Systems, from where he retired. He was a member of Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge 3, Parkersburg Shrine, Elks Lodge and Teamsters Union.
He is survived by his constant companion and wife of 50 years, Helene Janetos Knaus; daughter, Charisse Straight and husband, Charles, of Fairfield Glade, Tenn.; granddaughter, Renee Russell and fiance, Patrick Lipp, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; step-granddaughters, Stephanie Dudley and Cynthia Hudson and husband, Sam; sister, Martha Fay Devol of Parkersburg; sisters-in-law, Joann Janetos and Kathryn Wilhelm and husband, Richard; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by his sister, Ina Beatrice Devol; and mother-in-law, Lucille Janetos.
The funeral will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with the Rev. Brent Sturm officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery with full military rites by American Legion Post 15 and Masonic services by Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge 3. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. today and noon-1 p.m. Wednesday prior to the service.
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