James H. “Jim” Knust, 76, of Ferdinand, passed away Sunday, September 25th at his home. Jim was born September 14, 1940 in Ferdinand to Nick and Verena (Wirtzberger) Knust. He married Betty Kloeck on June 22, 1963 in St. Meinrad Catholic Church.
Jim was a retired Prudential Insurance Agent. He was a lifelong member of St. Ferdinand Church. As a young boy Jim served during mass and sang in the children’s choir. Jim continued to be active in the church throughout his adult life in many ways, singing in the choir for 60 years as well as serving during funeral masses and weekday masses and being a Eucharistic Minister. Jim also served on the St. Ferdinand Parish Council. He was a recipient of the Simon Brute’ Award. Jim was an original member of the Celebration Singers and was currently serving as President of its Board of Directors.
Following his retirement Jim was a Step-On Tour Guide for Dubois County Tourism. Jim was a member of the Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 and its Color Guard. His hobbies included singing, gardening, traveling and following his grandchildren’s activities. Jim was able to travel to all 50 states and many foreign countries.
Jim is survived by his wife Betty Knust of Ferdinand; one son, Jim A. Knust of St. Anthony; three daughters, Marian (Mark) Bromm of St, Anthony, Julie (Glenn) Lindauer of Ferdinand and Audrey (Lee) Abell of Plainfield, IN.; one brother, Donald (Mary) Knust Ferdinand; eight grandchildren, Kayla and Brian Lindauer, Megan, Jennifer and Austin Bromm, Katie, Gracie and Nicole Abell. Jim was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Jo Meuser.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 AM in St. Ferdinand Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 will conduct Military Graveside Rights.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-8:00 PM at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and Thursday from 7-9:30 AM at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lange-Fuchs Cancer Center or Sisters of St. Benedict. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhoem.com.