Frank S. Knasinski, Jr.

Born: Sat., Jan. 2, 1943
Died: Tue., Nov. 17, 2020


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Nov. 20, 2020
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Sat., Nov. 21, 2020
Location: Harrisville Congregational Christian Church

Celebration of Life

1:00 PM Sat., Nov. 21, 2020
Location: Harrisville Congregational Christian Church

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Frank S. Knasinski, Jr., 77, went to be with our Lord and Savior on November 17, 2020, at Reid Hospital, Richmond, Indiana, from complications of Covid-19.  Frank was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Frank S. and Katherine Lydia Ferchoff Knasinski.  His father was a first-generation Polish immigrant and his mother, the daughter of German immigrants, who entered the United States through Ellis Island prior to World War I.

Frank graduated from Tomahawk High School (Wisconsin) with the Class of 1961, and served 4 years with the United States Air Force in Samsun, Turkey and Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.  He met his wife, Patricia Meek Knasinski, at Indiana University where he was stationed for Russian language training, in preparation for becoming a Russian Language Intercept Operator in the United States Air Force.  Upon his honorable discharge in 1965, Frank continued working at the Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C. in the Security Service.  At that time, the GI Bill enabled him to pursue higher education.  He attended the University of Maryland and graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Art in 1971 and Master of Arts in Education in 1975.  His first year of teaching was inside the walls of the Pendleton (IN) State Reformatory at T.R. White High School.  Always having a good story to tell, Frank joked that he was happy to be able to go home each day after school.  The following year, he continued in public education at Greenville High School (Ohio), where he taught Biology and Life Sciences.  He eventually chose to teach 7th grade science at Greenville Junior High School where he became known as “the infamous Mr. K.”  During his tenure he was awarded honorary faculty membership in the National Honor Society of Secondary Schools.  In addition, he was named Teacher of the Year for the Greenville Community Schools in 1992.  Upon retirement from teaching, and with his art education, Frank became an art potter and founded JOY Pottery.  He produced yard and garden pottery which he sold at art & craft shows throughout the Midwest for 15 years.  He holds the copyright for his dripper birdbath.

Frank was a dedicated Christian who, along with his career in science, pursued the truth of Creationism.  He was granted membership in the Institute for Creation Research, a scientific research organization that supports the Biblical account of Creation.  He was an avid supporter of Answers in Genesis, and held charter membership in the Creation Museum, Petersburg, KY, and the Ark Encounter, Williamstown, KY.  He was a member of the Harrisville Congregational Christian Church, where he taught the elementary age Sunday School Class and served as a deacon.  Formerly, he was a member of Main Street Christian Church, Winchester, where he taught elementary and adult Sunday School Classes, served as deacon, and elder of the church.

The highlight of his retirement was to support the founding of Boys Scouts of America Troop 17 at the Harrisville Congregational Christian Church, under the leadership of his son and Scoutmaster Jason Knasinski.  Grandson Eli Knasinski is a founding Scout of Troop 17 and on the road to attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.  Frank felt that this troop gave him the opportunity to relive his earlier years when he was a Scoutmaster of Troop 58 (Main Street Christian Church) and son Jason achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.  Frank, along with the Scouts and other leaders of Troop 17 have enjoyed countless hours of learning and fun along with many campouts in the rain.

Frank also supported his son’s public charity, Sweet Dreams for Randolph County Kids, Inc., and participated in building and delivering beds for needy children in the Randolph County area. 

Frank was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather.  He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Patricia A. Meek Knasinski, his daughter, Tanya L. Knasinski Malak (husband Mike Malak), son Jason M. Knasinski (wife April Tobolski Knasinski), all of Winchester, brother Jerome A. Knasinski (Luanne Gilmore) of Appleton, WI, and sister-in-law, Joan Meek Borton (husband Garth Borton) of Huber Heights, OH.  His grandchildren are Katy Marie Malak, Kylie Grace Malak, and Eli Jacob Knasinski, all of Winchester.  Nieces and nephews include Jodi Knasinski Allen (husband Kevin Allen), Rockledge, FL; Jesse Knasinski (wife Stacey Knasinski), Mayville, WI; Pamela Borton Patton (husband Schuyler Patton), Dallas, TX; Diane Borton Kahle (husband Richard Kahle), Columbus, OH; Brian Meek (wife Desiree Meek), Aberdeen, NJ; Melinda Meek Manring (husband Seamus Manring), Cartersville, GA; and Jared R. Meek, Houston, TX.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister-in-law, Katrinka Knasinski, his brother-in-law, Richard D. Meek, and sister-in-law Marilyn Meek Bauer.

Friends and family may gather to celebrate Frank’s life at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 21, 2020, at the Harrisville Congregational Christian Church, Harrisville, IN, with Pastor Coleman Smith officiating.  Social distancing guidelines will be respected.  The church is located off of 500 East North of SR 32 between Winchester and Union City.  The service will be broadcast live on Facebook for family and friends.  There will be a private family burial.

Friends and family may call on Friday, November 20, 2020, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the church as well as an hour before services.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations be made payable to the Harrisville Congregational Christian Church, Attn: Mr. Frank’s Youth Education Fund, 4900 E. South St., Union City, IN 47390.

Walker Funeral Home in Winchester is entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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Getúlio Santos da silva
   Posted Wed November 18, 2020
Family Knasinski I am so sad. Your father is the best! Thanks for all!
Getúlio and family

Sheri Huston
   Posted Wed November 18, 2020
I am so very sorry to hear Frank has left us, but I can only imagine the greeting he got in heaven. Pat, I remember so well the Chicago trip that the two of you helped me with, and the chuckles we had over those Spanish boys and their antics. Frank had the perfect solution dealing with them.

I am visiting with my family for a couple weeks so I will not be able to express my sympathies in person. God bless the whole family.

Joanie Stiverson Smith
   Posted Wed November 18, 2020
Pat and family: So very sorry to learn of Frank’s passing! He made a difference in my life many years ago as our small group from Mainstreet Christian Church gathered in you home as Frank led the book study about Creationism. What an exceptional man! We know God has created a very special spot for him that also resides in our hearts and souls. May He hold each of you as you grieve his passing! 🙏♥️ Joanie

Brittany Allen
   Posted Wed November 18, 2020
My sincere condolences to the Knasinski family and close friends of Uncle Frank. Pop Pop (his brother Jerry) always mentioned you in his childhood stories on the farm. Pop Pop's face glowed when he shared with me your family life story while growing up, your memories endeavors while a kid, during your visit to Florida a few short years ago. You will be deeply missed!

Jim and Betty Stalcup
   Posted Wed November 18, 2020
He was like a lovable little brother. How we will miss him. His wit, sarcastic at times ,was a joy. He made an indelible impression on many many lives wherever he was. Godspeed Frank.

Jerome Knasinski
   Posted Wed November 18, 2020

Classic Fruit Basket was sent by Jerome Knasinski .

Patty, Jason, & Tanya, I know Frank loved fruit, so please enjoy this small token of my love.

Jeff and Ginette Carrier
   Posted Thu November 19, 2020
On behalf of Ginette and Jeff Carrier, we offer our most heartfelt condolences to Patty and the entire Knasinski and Meek families. We have always enjoyed our getting together from time to time with Patty, Frank and kids in Winchester and in Florida and Frank will be sorely missed. In honor of Frank's legacy and wishes of the family, we have made a donation in Frank's name at the Harrisville Congregational Christian Church.

Donna M Woods
   Posted Thu November 19, 2020
Pat, my heart is broken for you and your family. I pray God will be with you and give you peace and comfort in this special time. Frank was a very special man and I know his memories will sustain you and many people that he touched. God Bless you today and always.

Anjanette U Sivilich
   Posted Thu November 19, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. I had the honor of being one of his patrol members during Wood Badge. He was the light and energy of our patrol. He always had a smile on his face, a laugh in his heart, and radiated love. He is what I aspire to be to other scouts and scouters. Our prayers go out to his family and friends for their loss.

Nick and Linda Palmer
   Posted Thu November 19, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very sad time.

Nick and Linda Palmer

Mary Jo Shockley
   Posted Thu November 19, 2020
Dear Pat and Family.
I am thinking of you and praying for your healing, comfort, and peace from the love of our almighty God. May Frank be celebrating with the angels and saints along with our savior in His eternal kingdom.
Sending my sincere sympathy to all of you.

Ella Reff
   Posted Thu November 19, 2020
Dear Pat and family,
Very sorry for the pain of your loss. May the Holy Spirit comfort and guide you in the coming weeks.
Ella Reff

Marilyn Kraft
   Posted Thu November 19, 2020
Patty and family,
We taught next door to each other for many years at Greenville Jr. High. I called him Frankie and we often prayed together over his bible that he steadfastly kept on his science desk. He was a tough cookie running our teacher’s union , but had a heart of gold. I cherish the memories of him and the bowls he made that I still have. Frank loved you Patty and his kids very much, as he shared many personal feelings with me. I have no doubt he is in heaven looking down on us all.
Love you. Frankie!
Marilyn Kraft
Art teacher
Now living in Michigan

Kevin Huston
   Posted Thu November 19, 2020
Pat and family:
I'm so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing the obituary. What an impressive life he lived. As hard as this trial is, what a comfort to know that he is enjoying his eternal reward. I pray for peace and comfort for you all.

Roanne Stiff Baxter
   Posted Thu November 19, 2020
Condolences to all of Frank’s family. He was a classmate of mine in Tomahawk
Thoughts and prayers to all of you

Neil and Cindy McHolland
   Posted Fri November 20, 2020
Pat and Family,
We are so very sorry for your loss! You all are in our thoughts and prayers during this very sad time.
Love and Prayers,
Neil and Cindy McHolland 🙏🏻🙏🏻

Holly (Kraus) McElwee
   Posted Fri November 20, 2020
Mr. K. was my 7th grade science teacher at Greenville Jr. High. He was tough but fair, and I learned a lot from him. I loved his class! I still remember many of the lessons and labs we did.

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this sorrowful time. I hope that God will comfort you and that you will feel His arms around you.

Pam Tucker
   Posted Fri November 20, 2020
Mrs. K. - I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I am sure he and Jesus are walking and talking together in the sonshine!

Pam (Reitenour) Tucker
Class of 1971

gary trump
   Posted Fri November 20, 2020
I am sorry to read of Frank's passing, you have my sincerest condolences. I taught with Frank at Greenville for many years, he was down the hall on second floor. There was not a better person and teacher, every one thought very highly of him. His wit and humor has been and will be missed by his family.

Jim and Kay Manring
   Posted Fri November 20, 2020
Frank was a special member of our entire extended family. His children and grandchildren are his living legacy. God go with you, Patty, and comfort you. 16

Jill Keener
   Posted Fri November 20, 2020
Pat and family, my deepest condolences at the loss of your beloved husband and father. I always loved stopping by on my way to mom's house when i would see him in the garage with some of his pottery for sale. As i sit her i am looking at ine if his iconic dripper birdbaths. I could never bring myself to put it in the yard!! My prayers for your peace. I'm sure your dear mom was there to greet him.

Jeannie, justin, and stellaina keys
   Posted Sat November 21, 2020
My prayers go out to you all. Frank was a great man and inspiration to all who got the pleasure of knowing him and he will be missed.

Jana (Hinty) Piersall
   Posted Sat November 21, 2020
Senora Knasinski,

My condolences on the loss of your husband. He led and amazing life and I know he will be missed.

Allen Carrier
   Posted Sat November 21, 2020
Much love to the Meek-Knasinski Family. Lovingly, your cousin Allen Carrier in California
The first time I met Frank Knasinski, I knew he was a “hoot” and would be a great addition in the Magnus-Turner-Byrum-Meek family. He could tell a story like no one else and pack in more information in it than anyone I knew.

Our paths first crossed in the late 60s when my family living near Philadelphia and Patty and Frank visited while traveling back to Winchester from the East. Frank had worked for the CIA while finishing his degree at the U. of Maryland.

Within a minute of meeting, we learned he had served in the US Air Force (but never flew planes) and -- at the time --was a CIA agent, was fluent in Russian, and could identify Soviet military movement by reviewing black and white U-2 photos or reading Pravda, the daily Communist newspaper.

At 14 I had never heard a person cover so much ground so quickly; and I came from a very talkative family and Frank fit in nicely! I remember Patty sitting nearby, smiling and not interrupting (a skill that served her well for the next 54 years).

As Frank continued to speak that day, he talked about how he had met and fallen in love with our dear cousin, married her and was moving to Winchester, Indiana to start a family. He had had enough of the East Coast. He added that as much as he liked the world of global espionage, he was really uncomfortable with his hard-partying and hard-working CIA colleagues.

Additionally, Frank did not think much of the students at the University of Maryland who he felt did not take their studies as seriously as he -- an older student -- thought they should. In short, Frank and Patty’s values just did not mesh well with the East Coast and they were ready to set up a home in Winchester.

I remember being so impressed that he let me, a junior in high school, participate in an adult conversation. Talking about weekend parties, drinking, the fraternity-type values that clashed with his CIA work and college studies was so interesting to me; I appreciated his outspokenness.

I thought, “what a Boy Scout,” when we met. It was another connection we had since all the Carriers, and Frank, were Eagle Scouts.

We also talked politics, and presidents, and history; lots of history. It was a discussion we would continue off and on for 50 years.

Patty and Frank (and my Aunt Grace) were political bellwethers for me. In ten years of meeting Frank, I was working on Capitol Hill and later, in and around the White House, as a presidential appointee in the Clinton Administration.

Frank would never say how he or Patty voted, but Aunt Grace would! I could tell though who he favored or what issues bothered Midwesterners which helped shape my public policy views in Washington.

Frank worked in western Ohio and lived in Indiana and had his thumb on public opinion in some of the most important flip counties in the country that decided our elections.

More recently Frank would give me a thumbs down or an occasional thumbs up if he agreed with a political point posted on Facebook. He had no problem commenting on how my progressive allies had 'lost' their way -- or minds!

You always knew where Frank stood. He lived up to his name by always being frank (ba-dum-bum-CHING).

He commented that politically, it is “always best to be on the left or the right side of the road because, at some point, you’re sure to get run by staying in the middle.”

And lastly, we could always count on Frank to give tell an emotionally uplifting story, or provide a good laugh at family events, including his eulogies at my parents' funerals. Team Knasinski were always saved for the end.

Patty and Frank, always on point, helped send Mary and Fred Carrier –and other aunts and uncles – off to their eternal lives and in doing so put a smile on our faces.

I will miss you Frank, and will greatly miss your worldly views that helped inform me.

We will cherish our memories of Frank and wish the very best for those left behind, especially dear Patty.

May the Lord bless and keep you Frank and make His face shine upon you and give you peace.
Allen Carrier
Palm Springs, California

Kath Bond
   Posted Sun November 22, 2020
Was so sorry to hear of the loss of Frank. I will miss seeing him around, always a joy talking to him . He will leave a void on this earth but being a brother in Christ I'm sure I will see him again.
RIP Frank. Praying for your family. May god give all you comfort and peace.

Travis L Mayfield
   Posted Tue November 24, 2020
Patty and family sorry to hear of FrANKS passing great person will be missed by all my condolences to you all.

Beverly Pressnall
   Posted Wed November 25, 2020
So sorry to hear of Frank's passing. I worked at Greenville High School with Pat and Frank in the 1970's. May God be with his family at this sad time.