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Steven Knisely of Midwest City, Oklahoma passed away on November 1st 2018 at his home.
Memorial services will be held Monday, November 19th at 3 p.m. at the historic fort in El Reno, Oklahoma. A cannon blast to honor his memory will be held afterwards.
Steven Knisely was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Margaret and Vern Knisely on April 2nd 1960. He graduated from Midwest City High School and went straight into the Marine Corps where he served all over the world, doing for Mediterranean Cruises from 1978 to 1982.
He met and married Vicky Stratman in 1985. He worked as a Millwright for 30 years and most recently he worked for Suburban cabinets in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was heavily involved with groups such as the Salt Fork Craftsmen and love spending his free time doing demonstrations at fairs and festivals, teaching people about the art of blacksmithing. He also spent every moment that he could with his four grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his father Vern Knisely and his ex-wife Vicki Hangstefer. He is survived by his daughter Amy Benedict his sister Monica Halpin, his mother Margaret Knisely and His 4 grandchildren Jackson Lott, Alexander Knisely, Lucy Benedict, and Rowdeigh Bray. He is also survived by Wendy Ogden and her children Hunter & Emily Ogden; and Harriet Rahm. As well as his best friend David Kroier.
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to Wendy Ogden, David Currier and the men and women of Salt Fork Craftsmen for their outstanding mental and financial support offered to ensure the memory of Steven will never be forgotten. To make sure that he knew that he was loved.
Jerry Barnes says
I am really sad to hear of Steve’s passing, he will be sorely missed by all that knew him and were blessed to call him their friend. Steve was an amazingly talented blacksmith and artisan. He long ago taught my stepson how to make chainmaille, when they were co-workers at a cabinet shop. A craft my stepson and I still enjoys to this day! At a small medieval fair we all were working at in 2001, he made my wife and I a lovely fire-pit tripod with an adjustable trammel hook that we will always treasure as a prized possession. He also made my stepson a really nice fire-pit grill system. All of these items Steve made in one afternoon!
May Steve always have a hammer and tongs in hand, a forge-fire burning bright, and iron to fashion into works of art wherever his spirit walks!
Julia Blackowl says
Love to you Monica..Margaret & family..sorry to hear of Steven’s changing of worlds…my he walk among the Star People and watch all from the galaxy…Monica’ll be sending up a voice for all…love you
Gregory Rice says
It is with great sadness that I heard of Steve’s passing from a friend today. I always enjoyed a good chat with Steve from time to time. I will remember him as a hard working man who loved his job, and his family. He passed on much too soon. But we all have our time that we must go. My condolences to Margaret, his sister Monica, his daughter Amy, and all of his grandchildren.
Peace Be With You