George Elmer Knode, of LeRoy, died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, on his 84th birthday at the Wildwood Grove Care Facility where he had resided since June of 2012.

He was born Jan.16, 1930, in Oakdale Township, Howard County, the fourth son of Alva and Freda (Prentis) Knode. He farmed with his family and completed the eighth grade, later earning his GED through LeRoy-Ostrander High School. He participated in Boy Scouts and Golden Glove boxing.

On Oct. 8, 1950, he married Marian (June) Erie and raised four children while operating a dairy farm with his brother Glen, in rural LeRoy. He was a 4-H leader, a passionate NFO member and faithful blood donor. He took great pride in his children and grandchildren.

Later after his wife's death, he married Shirley Spencer Nagele on Sept. 10, 2004, living on East Henry Street in LeRoy until his move to Wildwood.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley, of LeRoy; a sister, Marie (Royjohn) Duffey, Mesa , Ariz.; children, Keiko (David) Knode, Bellevue, Wash., John (Connie) Knode, Riceville, Sharon (Al) Bergan Hodgdon, LeRoy, Steve (Glenda) Knode, Spring Valley; stepchildren, Dennis (Deborah) Rice, Michael (Pam) Nagele, LeRoy, and Michelle (Gary) Nagele, Spring Valley; eight grandchildren, stepgrandchildren, and many great- and stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, June, son, David, son-in-law, Stan Bergan, an infant grandson, and brothers, Alfred, Glen and Paul.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 18, at LeRoy Lutheran Church in LeRoy with the Rev. Herman Bakker officiating. Burial in LeRoy Lutheran Cemetery.

Hindt Funeral Home of LeRoy was in charge of arrangements.