KNOLLINGER, Paul Henry Jr. (PK), 76, of Wheeling and formerly of Valley Grove, passed away on August 31, 2013 at Liza's Place, Wheeling, WV, surrounded by his loving family.
Paul was born in Wheeling, WV on January 24, 1937, the son of the late Paul H. and Alberta Cox Knollinger Sr., and was raised by his grandparents, William Ludwig and Minnie Wagner Knollinger.
In addition to his parents and grandparents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Wayne and sister, Marjann Hanning.
Paul graduated from Triadelphia High School in 1954 and attended West Liberty State College. He was a Free Mason of the Scottish Rite 32 degrees, Osiris Temple, Liberty Lodge 26. Paul was a veteran of the United States Air Force and a Christian by faith.
Paul worked for the former Gast Bakery where he became shop steward, and thus began a career with the Teamsters Union that would span more than 30 years. He was elected Vice President of Teamsters Local 697, Wheeling, WV in 1975 and President in 1977 and served in that capacity for more than 20 years. He was forced to retire in 1998 after a serious auto accident. He dedicated his life to the men and women that he represented and was one of the first in the country to negotiate dental and eye-care benefit packages for his members. Paul was held in the highest esteem by his corporate counter parts, company owners, local and state political leaders who valued his opinions and relied on his ability to negotiate for the common good of all parties.
Paul also served as Director and Secretary of the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters, Philadelphia, PA, Recording secretary and Vice President of Teamsters Joint council No. 40, Pittsburgh, PA, Chairman of the Exec. Comm. of the Wheeling Teamsters Health and Welfare Fund, Trustee of the Western Penn. Teamsters Construction Industry Health and Welfare Fund, Philadelphia, PA.
Paul was an accomplished equestrian and an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. He made over 20 trips to Colorado and Wyoming for elk and mule deer.
Paul was very involved with the creation of the Dallas Pike A's Baseball Organization and Mountaineer League Baseball. He coached the A's Mustang team for many years and is credited with the idea for the modern "Stake Fry" as a way to fund the A's organization. He was also involved in the early Small Fry Wrestling League and later with the Wheeling Park wrestling program where he was a constant presence in the stands for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary Belle Howell Knollinger; his two sons, Jeffrey H. Knollinger (Linda Contraguerro) of Wheeling, and Scott W. (Barbara) Knollinger of Valley Grove; and two grandsons, Porter A. Knollinger and Luke K. Knollinger, brother, Carl Knollinger (Barbara); sister, Betty McKinley (Bud); numerous nieces and nephews and family friends, Phillip Marquart, Joe Dallison, Amy Anderson, and Kim Dixon.
Friends will be received Thursday, September 5, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kepner Funeral Home, 166 Kruger Street, Elm Grove, Wheeling (304- 242-2311), followed by service at Greenwood Cemetery Chapel with Rev. Robert Goebel officiating.
Graveside military services will be conducted by the Moundsville Veteran Honor Guard.
The Knollinger family would like to thank all of Paul's caregivers, especially Mark Clark, Tom White, Pat Holmes, Susan Kane and Panhandle Home Health Care.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Liza's Place, 308 Mt. St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, WV 26003 or to the Disabled American Veterans (www.dav.org).
Personal condolences may be offered to the family at www.kepnerfuneral.com.