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Edward E. Knowles

Liverpool – Edward E. Knowles, 55, of Liverpool, passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at his home. He was born on March 8, 1963 in Canton, the son of Arthur Jr. and Patricia (St. Clair) Knowles. He married Lori Ann Dodd on December 26, 1983 in Liverpool. She survives.

Also surviving is his son, Dustin Knowles of Liverpool; two sisters, Dorothy Ishmael of Bartonville and Valerie (the late Roger) Hedges of Canton; one brother, Mark (Joyce) Knowles of Newbury Park, CA; his in laws, Loyd and Ellen Dodd of Fiatt and Gene Wilcoxen of Liverpool; his sisters-in-law, Robin Hibbitts and Martha Danielson; brothers-in-law, Jim Dekker and Jacob (Kelly) Dodd; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his five infant children, Autumn, Angel, Caleb, Mariah, and Edward Knowles Jr.; siblings, Arthur Knowles III and Susan Dekker; his parents; and mother-in-law, Sherrill Wilcoxen.

Ed retired from the United States Air Force on October 31, 2003 with twenty years of service. He was last stationed at Offutt Air Force Base near Bellevue, Nebraska. He was employed for the past fifteen years by the Walmart Super Center on Allen Road in Peoria. He was a huge fan of NASCAR and his favorite driver was the late Davey Allison. HE was a Chicago Bears fan and lived in a house divided – He was a St. Louis Cardinals fan married to a Chicago Cubs fan. He enjoyed puttering around the house, tinkering with cars, and spending time with his family, including his beloved pets, Smoke and Ozzie.

Services will be held at 1 PM on Friday, January 25, 2019 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. Rev. Ellen Dodd will officiate. Burial of ashes with Military Honors will follow the service at White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton, IL. A visitation will be held from 5-7 PM on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at the funeral home. Memorials can be made to Veterans’ Association of America, Inc. To view Edward’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to

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  • Charity Grandon

    Reply January 21, 2019 9:46 am

    Lori- I cannot begin to imagine the heartache and loss you feel. I’m so sorry. I hope you can find peace in your memories and in the legacy that is your son.

  • AW

    Reply January 21, 2019 12:02 pm

    To the family and friends of Edward, I’m sorry for your loss. In this difficult time may you find the peace of God through your prayers and supplications Philippians 4:6,7

  • Jodi McCoy

    Reply January 21, 2019 12:54 pm

    My condolences to the family. I worked with Ed for the past 15 years. He was a wonderful person. Always said good morning to me and had a smile on his face. I will miss you Ed. May you Rest in Heaven.

  • Connie Bollinger Harris

    Reply January 21, 2019 1:06 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I remember him and the family when they lived on Fulton Place.

  • Rich and Chris Lofgren

    Reply January 21, 2019 1:56 pm

    So sorry for your loss Lori & Distin. I remember the good times we shared in Nebraska, it was always fun to be together with you both. Keeping you & your family in our thoughts and prayers. Take Care & God Bless ❤️

  • Christine Lofgren

    Reply January 21, 2019 3:26 pm

    So sorry for your loss . We will always remember the good times we had together in Nebraska. We will keep you & your family in our prayers. Take Care and God Bless.

  • Lt Col Bill Zehner, USAF, Ret.

    Reply January 21, 2019 4:28 pm

    I can’t tell you how shocked and saddened I was to hear that Ed had passed. We worked together for many years flying the E-4. Ed was always very competent & professional and, above all else, a gentleman. My wife and I send our deepest condolences to the entire family.

  • Patrick O’Neal

    Reply January 21, 2019 4:31 pm

    To the family and friends of Edward I send my condolences. I was Ed’s senior supervisor and accompanied him on many trips on the E-4B aircraft while stationed at Offutt AFB. He was a hard working, dedicated and professional airman. Thank you for your service Ed.

  • Greg Szupillo

    Reply January 21, 2019 4:31 pm

    Very sorry for you loss. I was very sadden by the news. I had the honor of serving with Ed at Offutt AFB. He was a good man.

  • Malina Caulkins-Lehman

    Reply January 21, 2019 7:07 pm

    Lori, so sorry to hear of this.
    Please know I am thinking of you.
    Hugs and prayers.

  • Tony P.

    Reply January 21, 2019 10:58 pm

    Take care brother,you were a mentor to all of us at the 1ACCS.Rest easy Fast Eddie.

  • Jim Connolly

    Reply January 22, 2019 6:23 am

    So sorry for your loss Lori. Praying for you all.

  • Dody Zeigler (Pierce)

    Reply January 22, 2019 6:24 am

    So sorry for your loss. Ed was a great guy. Sending prayers of comfort to your family

  • Diana Nichols-Davis

    Reply January 22, 2019 10:29 am

    So sorry for your loss. We grew up on the same st. in Canton. Sending prayers to all the family’s.

  • Chuck Nichols

    Reply January 24, 2019 7:30 am

    I grew up with Edward on Fulton Place have lost contact too long I would love to make it to the funeral but don’t think I’ll be able to I thoughts go out to his family and friends rest in peace Ed

  • Chuck Nichols

    Reply January 24, 2019 7:34 am

    I grew up as a friend with Edward on Fulton Place lost contact for too long my thoughts and sympathy Symphony go out to his family and friends I would love to make it to the funeral but don’t think I’ll be able to

  • Jim Forbes

    Reply January 24, 2019 11:43 am

    I wish to express my condolences. I worked with Ed at Walmart. One of the best guys I know. May you rest in peace my friend.

  • Ron (beau)

    Reply January 25, 2019 11:09 am

    I’m sorry for your loss Lori. Ed was a good person and took every task seriously. I liked working with him and we had a lot of laughs. My heart goes out to you and your famity Lori.
    Take care Bud
    Ron Beauchene ronbeau

  • Sharon Bosserman

    Reply February 2, 2019 5:15 pm

    To the families of Ed Knowles;
    My sympathies! Prayers for comfort are being sent your way!
    Sharon (Nebergall) Bosserman

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