Gerald Knaub (Jerry), age 76 of Billings, died January 3, 2021. He was born July 28, 1944 to Henry and Marie (Hein) Knaub. Jerry grew up and attended school in Joliet, where he played basketball and football and graduated as part of the class of 1962.
In 1966, he joined the United States NAVY and served until 1970 with the 7th fleet in the Western Pacific as a Radio Communications Specialist. One of the highlights of his services was working on the Apollo XI mission, the first landing on the moon by NASA Astronauts.
Following Honorable Discharge from the Navy, Jerry spent some time on the west coast where he fathered Shannon Anderson in Huntington Beach, California. After his time on the west coast, Jerry moved on and performed contractor services for a brief time for the military in Thailand. He returned to Montana where he married Susan Rogers on May 12, 1978, having one son Henry and raising 2 step children, Dee and Brad, and grandchild Catlin as his own.
Jerry worked for Sweetheart Bakery for many years in both the sales and delivery. He also worked as a handyman and a security guard in his later years. Jerry had enjoyed hunting and the outdoors. Later in life he enjoyed woodworking, (handmade gifts were common), watching sports, helping others, and working with the Joliet VFW post 367. Jerry was a warm and loving soul, and a devoted father and grandfather. He was quick witted, and always tinkering on something. He loved deeply and forgave quickly. Jerry is survived by his wife Susan; children, Shannon Anderson, Henry Knaub, Dee Schamberger, and Brad Grooms; brother Tom Knaub; sister Kathy Grewell; grandchildren, Anastasia, Alexandria, and Zadyn, and 2 great grandchildren, Beckett and Ella.
Funeral Services will be at 10:30 am Friday January 8, 2021 at the Rock Church in Laurel followed by interment at Yellowstone National Cemetery.
Jerry was loved by everyone and will be greatly missed.
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