Kenneth Knoke

December 14, 1954 - December 29, 2020
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Kenneth W. Knoke, 66, of Nokomis, Florida passed away peacefully on December 29, 2020. Kenny was born in Seymour, Indiana; the son of the late Harold and Charlotte (Willman) Knoke. Kenny graduated from Venice High School in 1973, where he served as the senior class president. Kenny was self-employed for many years as a skilled carpenter. He enjoyed running and loved both music and dancing. He always made people laugh and never met a dog he didn’t like. He is survived by his daughter Lana (Mathew) Kepler of Sarasota; granddaughters Jordan and Reese Kepler; brother John (Ranee) Knoke of Venice; sisters Diane (Butch) Ruddick and Barb (Don) Bruce all of Seymour. Other survivors include several nieces, nephews, cousins, and loving friends. Kenny was preceded in death by both parents; sister, Elaine Nolan; and nephew, Butchie Ruddick. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kenny’s name to the Sarasota County Humane Society at or to The Legacy Trail at  A private celebration of life will be held by family.

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Born: December 14, 1954
Died: December 29, 2020

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Donsld posted on 2/18/21

Kenny was my friend. Always full of fun and truly cared for his friend's. I personally will miss knowing he will not be around to kid me about my pitiful golf games. Most sincerely and respectfully, Don Skelton


Jean Pearson posted on 1/8/21

I would like to express my condolences to all of Kenny 's family. With my sorrow unmasked, Kenny gave me much happiness, that will last a lifetime. There is no end. He will be missed by all.


Kim B. Willman posted on 1/7/21

My condolences to Lana and family. Kenny and I used to pass papers together and stayed close over the years he was always a pleasure to have a conversation with and get a hug from when he came to town. We always had good laughs together and a good time and will be sadly missed by all that knew him. His skills as a carpenter will go unmatched. 🙏🏻


Aunt Linda posted on 12/31/20

Lana, I’m so sorry for your loss. I always thought a lot of Kenny. Aunt Linda


Linda Ingram Tracy posted on 12/31/20

So sad to hear a classmate has gone, but I know you will be at a much better place. I will miss seeing you out and about from time to time. Sincere condolences to John and family.


Melody Staples Merritt posted on 12/30/20

We are so sorry to hear of Kenny's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family!!! Mike and Melody Merritt, Kalona, Iowa


Kathy Shanley posted on 12/30/20

Fondly remembering Kenny from VHS Class of 1973. Gone too soon. Kathy (Bradley) Shanley.


Pam Stickney Pettengell posted on 12/30/20

I am so very sorry to hear about Kenny. I went to high school with Kenny, and he was such a fun classmate and friend. Through the years I would see Kenny when I visited Venice, and he was so full of life. Kind and sweet, always glad to see you. My sympathies go to John and other members if his family. Godspeed dear Kenny.


Linda Ingram Tracy posted on 12/30/20

Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you are loved by all beyond words and will be missed beyond measure. Prayers go out to brother John and Family.


Jan Stockdale posted on 12/30/20

My heart breaks for Kenny's daughter, Lana, and the entire family. Gone far too soon. May fond memories bring comfort to all in time.


Dorian and Dave Demarest posted on 12/29/20

We are so sad for your loss. Brother, John Knoke, please know that our hearts are with you and your entire family.