Oscar Henry Knerr
June 27, 1924 – July 24, 2020
Oscar H. Knerr, 96, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Friday, July 24, 2020, at his home. Born June 27, 1924 in Naila, Germany, he was a son of Richard and Mary Knerr. Following high school, Oscar joined the U.S. Army during World War II, where he served as an intelligence scout with the 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He saw action in Italy, France, Belgium, and Germany, and he survived the Battle of the Bulge. He earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his noble and courageous service. In the 1950s, Oscar raced stock cars at South Anthony Boulevard and Warsaw. Oscar worked for Dana Corporation, retiring in 1987. He was a member of American Legion Post 47. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Alice M. Knerr of Fort Wayne; his children and their spouses, Allan (Deborah) Knerr of Fort Wayne, Julie Knerr of Fort Wayne, Richard (Georgia) Knerr of South Carolina, David (Karen) Knerr of Fort Wayne, Lisa (Paul) Chapman of Fort Wayne; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; his sister, Rosemary Brinkmeyer of South Dakota; and a cousin, Louise Toble of Florida; and nieces and nephews. Oscar was preceded in death by his brother, Dietrich Knerr; sister, Elisabeth McCutcheon; and grandson, Kyle Knerr. There will be no service. Memorial gifts may be made to Honor Flight Northeast Indiana, P.O. Box 5, Huntertown (IN 46748). Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to the Neptune Society, where condolences may be shared online at www.neptunesociety.com
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Oscar Henry Knerr
August 3, 2020
Oscar was a special favorite cousin of mine. When he was about to go overseas during WWII, he came to Flint, Michigan to visit his aunts on his mother's side and my mother who was the widow of his dad's brother. He gave me his overseas cap with the paratrooper emblem on it. The kids at elementary school and in the neighborhood had been bullying me because my parents came from Germany. Since he was the closest relative that I had that was in the service, I wanted to show my patriotism and be able to claim a family member in the service. That was a time when people had stars in their windows to represent family in the service. I proudly wore that cap to school and everywhere until after peace was declared. He was my Hero!!!! Oscar always had a twinkle in his eye and was kind to everyone. We lost touch for many years but became reacquainted in recent years via email and Christmas cards. It was a privilege to have known him and I just wish I had been able to know him better. My deepest condolences to Alice and their family.