Doris Knauer Obituary

Doris R. Knauer
Doris R. Knauer

August 25, 1924 - May 14, 2019
Born in Bedford, Iowa
Resided in Des Moines, Iowa
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Doris R. Knauer, 94, died Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Wesley Acres in Des Moines. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 17 at Iles Funeral Homes - Dunn’s Chapel. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Wesley Acres Community Room. Burial will take place prior to the service, 12 p.m. Saturday at Glendale Cemetery.

Doris was born August 25, 1924 in Bedford, Iowa to George and Edna (Miller) Rimel. She was a graduate of Bedford High School and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Iowa. In 1947 Doris married Max Knauer and the couple moved to Des Moines in 1948. Doris was a Charter Member of St. John’s United Methodist Church. Later in life, she enjoyed international travel.

Survivors include her children: Max ( Kittie) Knauer III of Des Moines, Michael (Kathy) Knauer of Burlington, VT, Jennifer (Kim) Doughty of Clear Lake, Melody (Scott) Nelson of Des Moines, Melissa (Raymond) Bazley of Lexington, MO, Julia (Roger) Morgan of Durant, OK; 19 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren (with two more expected soon); four siblings, James (Betty) Rimel of Plymouth, IN, Joyce Metier of Fort Collins, CO, Warden Rimel of Austin, TX and Wardine (Dick) Riecks of Aurora, CO.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Max, in 1991; infant daughter, Joydine; son-in-law, Robert “Bob” Cooper; brother-in-law, Ted Metier and sister-in-law, Sue Rimel.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s United Methodist Church or the Wesley Acres Good Samaritan Fund.






Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Friday, May 17, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Saturday, May 18, 2019
12:00 PM
Memorial Service
Wesley Acres Community Room
3520 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Saturday, May 18, 2019
1:00 PM


Good Samaritan Fund at Wesley Acres
3520 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
St. John's United Methodist Church
4700 SW 14th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50315