Gillies Funeral Chapel


V. Keith Knavel

V. Keith Knavel

July 23, 1948  ~  August 19, 2012

Memorial services: Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City.

Interment: Brigham City Cemetery

Roy - Our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, V. Keith Knavel, 64, passed away on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born on July 23, 1948 in Brigham City, Utah, a son of George L. and Verda Bowden Knavel.
Keith graduated from Box Elder High School in 1966 and graduated from Salt Lake Community College in 1995 and from Utah State University in 1997.
Keith married his high school sweetheart, Pauline Beesley on May 25, 1967 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
He retired from the Department of the Army in 1993 and from Salt Lake Community College in 2010 as a Professor of Industrial Technology.
Keith served as first counselor in the bishopric, as Elders' Quorum President, and loved the scouting program.
He enjoyed playing guitar with the Old Time Fiddlers, camping, four wheeling, welding, boating, shooting, dutch oven cooking, being a merit badge counselor, and counseling at-risk youth. Most of all, he loved teaching and being with his family. 
The family would like to thank Love Hospice through Community Nursing Service for their love and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donating to the United Way of Northern Utah, 2955 Harrison Blvd, Ogden, Utah 84403 in support of the Seeing Eye Guide Dog Charity. 
Surviving are his wife, Pauline; four children: Wayne Keith (Shari) Knavel; Becky (Jim) Sloan; Phillip Grant Knavel; Bruce Alan (Mike Nguyen) Knavel; ten grandchildren; and three siblings: George R. (Linda) Knavel; Gary E. (Merilyn) Knavel, and Beverly (Tom) Miggin. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, his twin sister Karen, sister Carol, and brother Billy.
Memorial services will be held on Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City.
Interment will be in the Brigham City Cemetery.

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Pauline and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.

Sarah Goodale


Pauline, I'm sorry for your loss.  Just losing Brent I know how difficult this time will be.If I can be of help with some of things I have gone thru let me know, I'm now retired and at home, and believe me there alot of items to be taken care of that you don't realize.   My thoughts are with you and some days are better than others.  Just think of the good times.  And you have your family around you to help. Love



Sorry for your loss Pauline and family. Seems so young....

Kathleen Evans-Wood


We wish to extend our condolences to all of the family members of your loss.  We enjoyed Keith and his company during past family gatherings.  His stories and his beautiful smile made for some good times!  We know you will miss him and are sorry for having to endure this sad part of life.  Please let us know if we can do anything to ease the sorrow.

Jerry and Jo Anne


We are sorry for Keith's passing and the suffering that comes with such a loss. Our boys have shared so much and that included the families. Your in our thoughts and prayers.

Steve and Yvette Campbell


My deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Knavel, especially his son Bruce.  Words can't fill the loss, but may loving memories fill your heart.  



Bruce & Mike - We are so sorry to learn of the loss of your father, Keith. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts at this difficult time.

Jeff Lensman, President of OUTreach Board of Directors


I am an OUTreach volunteer.  Marian tells me we have met, but I can't remember having done so.  But I don't remember LOTS of things!  We are going to be working together soon and I look forward to that.  //  I lost my Dad last July (2011) and I miss him, still, every single day.  We KNOW this is going to happen, of course we do.  But still, when it does, it's so very difficult.  I saw, in the obituary, that your Dad played his guitar with the Old Time Fiddlers.  My Dad played his harmonica with the Senior Citizens Band in Price.  Memories are what sustain us after we lose a loved one.  For me, it helps, it really does, to talk about the memories, to keep them alive.  And I talk to my Dad (when I'm alone).  That helps too.  //  I'm so sorry he's gone, Bruce - and Mike too.  Come to OUTreach and let us give you hugs.  Hugs help (they really do).  And build more memories with the loved ones who are still here.

Peggy Bon


Beverly, so sorry to hear of the loss you have suffered. Brother's are those very ones in our lives. God Bless & Hold you Close in his arms.  



Pauline so sorry to hear of Keith's passing. Our prayers are with you and your family. Your memories will forever keep him with you not only in your heart but always.

Judie McWain


Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.  I'm so glad that we had a chance to get together a couple of weeks ago. Please let me know if I can help in any way.  School just started for me, so I couldn't get away for the funeral but I will be thinking of you.  Love,



Paulene, I am sorry to hear about Keith. My prayers are with you at this time. I wished I could have made it to Maddox when all of you got toether.  Hoping we can do it again.  

Ramona Westley


Pauline and family, I was lucky to have worked with Keith during his recovery from the accident in February.  He always had a smile for his friends, a tremendous work ethic and a deep love of his family that he shared with me through his stories. It was a joy to work with him and get to know him.  My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this mourning period and always.

Erinn Barker PT


To pauline and family,our thoughts and love are with you,at this sad time.

Maureen Smith


Dear Mike and Bruce - your father sounds like such a special person  and he died so young. I join our OUTreach family in sending deepest sympathy.

Roxanne Taylor


Pauline and family, I was shocked and so sorry to see in the paper the passing of Keith.  I often think of all of you including the kids.  I would love to talk to you sometime.  I cannot find your address in the phone book.  My number is 801-773-7014.  My thoughts and prayers to you and the whole family.

Donna Kersey


Dear Pauline - I  read about Keith's death in the paper.  Am so sorry for you and the family - did not realize he'd been in the hosp. Please assure your family of the prayers of all of the sisters.  You have been a loyal employee for so many years - I'm proud of you. God bless you.  With love and prayers

Sister Luke


Dear Pauline & Family,
We are so sorry about the premature passing of Keith.
We a express our sincere sympathy to all the family. We had many wonderful times in the old 4th Ward of which you were all a part. God bless you as you attempt to deal with your husband/father's death. We are certain the Holy Ghost will lift you all and give you peace! Sorry we could not attend the funeral. God bless and keep you.

Duane & Jeanene


Dear Family,
I am sorry to hear about the loss of your father and husband.  I went to school with Wayne, and work with your mom Pauline years ago.  I want you to know that your in my thoughts and prayers.  Peace be with you and your family at this difficult time.

Nicole Davis Goddard


I am very sorry about Keith's passing.  Although we were only "shirttail" relatives, I understand that we have a common ancestors on the Bowden side.  I wonder if you would be willing to call me at 801-392-3022 in Ogden and we could talk.  I know that Verda had a lot of geneology on the Bowdens and I'd like to talk to you abou it.
Thanks so very much for your consideration

Rachel Ann


We are so sorry to hear of Keith's passing.  He was an amazing man who we enjoyed getting to know when we lived in the Roy 2nd ward.  He had a contagious smile that will never be forgotten.

Matt & Brandy Rowley





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