Robert "Bob" Michael Knez, 1952-2005

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Robert "Bob" Michael Knez died at his home on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005. He was 52.

Robert Michael Knez was born Nov. 27, 1952, in Craig, to Antone and Cleo Knez.

Bob was raised on the family ranch and attended Craig schools. He moved to Denver in 1968, and that was where he met Bonna Cash. While he lived in Denver, he worked for his brother Tom at North Denver Shade Co. and for an upholstery company. In about 1973, he and Bonna moved to Craig and lived on the Knez ranch on Knez Divide. He drove a truck for Beaver Ready Mix. He then worked for Colowyo Coal Co. for 26 years. At the time of his death he was an equipment operator for Elam Construction. Bob loved pike fishing, camping, archery, riding his snow machine and especially his motorcycle. He enjoyed all kinds of animals, especially his dogs.

Above all, he enjoyed spending time teasing and kidding around with his nieces and nephews. He put on the archery shot for the Moffat County Sheriff's Archery Scholarship Fund for 10 years, donating his land, targets and his time. He was responsible for helping at least 10 high school seniors further their education. He also taught archery to 4-H children.

Bob is survived by his mother, Cleo; brothers Tom (Helen) Knez and Delbert (Diana) Knez; sister, Delores (Dale) Crow; sisters-in-law Helen P. Knez and Debbie Knez; uncle Jim and aunt MaryLou Terry, aunt Louise Fedinec, aunt Helen (Raymond) Knez, all of Craig, uncle Chuck and aunt E'Rena Hockenberry of Denver; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Bobby was very close to Bonna's son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Janet Cash.

Bob was preceded in death by his father, Antone Knez and his brothers Ralph and John and Bonna Cash.

He will be deeply missed by his many friends and family.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held for Bob on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005, at 10 a.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Craig with Father Jim Fox officiating. Also, a Rosary was recited at 6 p.m. Oct. 26, 2005 in the church.

Selections were "Old Rugged Cross," "Amazing Grace," "Eagles Wing" and "Free Bird."

Pallbearers were nephews, nieces, family and friends.

Interment was held at the Knez Ranch.

Donations may be made to the Moffat County Cancer Foundation.

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