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Obituary for Donald “Pete” Knettles

Donald “Pete” Knettles, 85, of Oakdale, North Fayette Township, formerly of Ithaca, New York, passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2022 at Heritage Valley – Sewickley.

Pete was born on April 14, 1937, in Ithaca, a son of the late Reed and Doris (Riker) Knettles.

Mr. Knettles was an extremely intelligent man who single handedly learned everything he could! Pete was gifted beyond words. Although he never attended college, Pete had the longest college career known to man. Pete worked for Cornell University for 46 years as a Research Support Specialist. His cluttered and disorganized office would beg to differ, but Pete truly knew what he was doing in the electronics world. Pete always joked that he graduated high school on a Friday and started work on Monday. He loved his job and the way that it became his life. Before Cornell University, Pete worked a ten year stint at GE, where he began his learning in electronics.

Mr. Knettles had a caring heart that extended to so many people in the world. Pete was a devout member of the Loyal Order of the Moose. Over the many years that Donald volunteered with the Moose Club, his love for volunteering grew. He was so proud to give back to the less fortunate and to do actual good for people.

His loving heart extended to his family that he cared for so deeply. He was so lucky to have a loving wife and two wonderful children, which he was so proud of. Being a grandfather was one of his favorite roles. The laughter and love that was shared between Pete and his family are now memories that will last a lifetime.

Surviving are his children, John Knettles and Suzan (Craig) Senovich, grandchildren; Jordan, Payden, Keyan, Sophia and Clarissa.

Along with his parents, Pete is preceded in death by his loving wife, Beverly (Joseph) Knettles (2003), and sister, Gertrude Johnston.

All arrangements have been entrusted to Thomas-Little Funeral Service, Inc., 314 W. Lincoln Ave., McDonald (724-926-2800).

Pete’s caring nature still continues even after his passing. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Mooseheart Child City and School, 255 James J. David Dr., Mooseheart, IL 60539, in memory of Pete.