Adolph Knobloch, 81, Algona, passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at the Kossuth Regional Health Center. Funeral services were Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Apostolic Christian Church in West Bend.
Adolph Leroy Knobloch was born Aug. 16, 1937, on the family farm near Alvord, the son of Dietrich and Julia (Koch) Knobloch. He attended school in Lester. Upon graduation he attended Iowa State Teachers College, now known as the University of Northern Iowa, receiving his bachelor’s degree in math education. He married Jean Ott on Aug. 7, 1960. He began his teaching career in Odebolt Arthur Community School where he taught for three years. He spent the 1962-1963 school year at the Academic Year Institute in Cedar Falls through a grant from the National Science Fund, completing his master’s degree in education.
In 1963, he joined the faculty at Algona Community Schools where he taught math. He was involved in many school activities including AFS and class sponsor and chaperoned many high school activities. He served many years as head scorer for wrestling, track and cross-country and as a softball umpire. After 33 years of teaching at Algona, he retired in 1996. In his retirement, he taught for Buena Vista University.
When Ade wasn’t teaching, you could find him out working with his sheep. He was involved with the Kossuth County Fair sheep department. His hobbies were taking care of his animals, painting and gardening.
He is survived by his wife he wife of 58 years, Jean, and three sons, Todd (wife Brenda) Knobloch of Cresco, Tedd (wife Kris) Knobloch of Durant, and Tadd (wife Kathi) Knobloch of Hartley; five grandchildren, Emelie Knobloch of Wichita, Kan.; Meredith Knobloch of Durant, Natalie Knobloch of Cresco, Niklaus Knobloch of Cresco, and Gracie Knobloch of Hartley; a sister, Violet (husband Ray) Luthi of Pittsburg, Kan.; two sisters-in-law, Phylis Knobloch of Peoria, Ill., and Vera Knobloch of Lester; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Dietrich and Julia Knobloch; six brothers, Ernest, Albert, Dietrich, Benjamin, Earl and Wilbert "Will;" seven sisters, Julia Plattner, Emma Knobloch, Elizabeth Barker, Lydia Moser, Paulina Knobloch, Emelie Knobloch and Wilma Hoogeveen.
The Lentz Funeral Home, Algona, is serving the family. Condolences may be left at www.lentzfuneralhome.com.