Robert Edward Knolinski

Born: Wed., Dec. 30, 1931
Died: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018


2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Sun., Dec. 09, 2018
Location: Shirley & Stout
Lincoln Road Chapel

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Mon., Dec. 10, 2018
Location: St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church

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Robert Edward Knolinski, 86, Kokomo, passed away Monday December 3, 2018, at St. Vincent Hospital in Kokomo.  He was born December 30, 1931, in Antigo, WI, the son of the late Edward & Helen (Stolzman) Knolinski.  On December 29, 1952, in St. Hyacinth’s Catholic Church in Antigo, WI, he married Joan Arveson who preceded him in death on December 11, 2001. 

Robert received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1953.  In March of 1954, he joined the United States Army as a project officer with the 4th Signal Group in Heidelberg, Germany.  He moved to Kokomo and began his career in electrical engineering at Delco Radio in 1956.  He earned his MS degree in Engineering from Purdue University in 1966.  He was awarded several patents and had a distinguished career.  He retired from Delco Electronics after 36 years.

Robert was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church serving in many capacities, such as the Lay Advisory Board, and President of St. Joan of Arc School Board.  He was also a member, past President, and Chairman of the Board of the Kokomo Engineering Society, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Robert is survived by his children, Catherine (Charles) Van Horn, Michigan City, Carol Knolinski, Kokomo, Barbara Knolinski, Aurora, IL, Edward Knolinski, Kokomo, and James (Cassandra) Knolinski, Kokomo; grandchildren, Amanda (Joshua) Tilden, Allen Van Horn, Grace Ellen Knolinski, and Jyllian Knolinski, along with three great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at 11:00 am Monday, December 10, 2018, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 3155 S. 200 W., Kokomo, with Rev. Fr. Matthew Arbuckle the celebrant.  Friends are invited to visit with the family from 2-5 pm Sunday at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 West Lincoln Road, Kokomo.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Robert’s memory to the Knolinski Family Scholarship Fund through the Community Foundation of Howard County for degrees in mathematics, accounting, science, and/or engineering.  Shirley & Stout Funeral Home were entrusted with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be left online at

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A. Casey, formerly of Marion
   Posted Wed December 05, 2018
My condolence to the family & friends Robert Knolinski. As you cherish the many fond memories of Mr. Knolinski, may you be comforted by the promise at Revelation 21:4-5. Jehovah God guarantees that He will soon eliminate sickness, death & sorrow.
May God’s word & the prayers of many help you to endure each day, as we await the fulfillment of his many promises! (Acts 24:15; Isaiah 26:19)

Linda Arveson
   Posted Wed December 05, 2018
My deepest condolences for the family.
I know how difficult it is to lose your parents.
My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Kathy Boksa
   Posted Thu December 06, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We are so glad Uncle Bob was able to make a last visit to Antigo in August and attend his class reunion. We were all able to visit with him.
We need to plan a family party for the next year so we can stay in touch.
All the Andres family.

Karen Baird Myers
   Posted Sun December 09, 2018

I want to let you know I am thinking of you and your family. I hope you can provide strength to each other.

Take care