Chuck Knife, May 10, 1945 — Feb. 18, 2013, of Columbia

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 | 6:44 p.m. CST

Chuck Knife, 67, of Columbia, , passed away Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. He was born on May 10, 1945, in Dickinson, ND to Leslie and Winifred (Schwartz) Knife.

He married Karol Hulett in Columbia in 1988, and she survives.

Chuck was a firefighter for two decades, retiring as a Lieutenant/Fire Marshal for the Columbia Fire Department. He then went on to work with the State of Missouri Fire Marshal's Office as a fire investigator. Most recently, he was a Fire Investigator for Traveler's Insurance.

Chuck was a member of the Blue Lodge Twilight #114 and the Shrine Moolah Temple. He was also a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason.

In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by three stepchildren: Alan Hulett (Karin), Jill Hulett, and Joy Hulett, all of Columbia,; a sister: Pam Strauss (Dan) of Cape Girardeau; sister-in-law, Lois Knife of San Antonio, Texas; nieces, Lesley Sadovsky (Brian) of San Antonio, Texas, Claire Blankenship of Cape Girardeau; grandchildren: Katie Cook, Ryan Hulett, and Rylie Hulett of Columbia, and Jesse Palmer of Harrisburg.

Chuck was preceded in death by his daughter, Dana, his brother, Richard, his nephew, Jeff, and his parents.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Elks Lodge, 4747 E. Elk Park Drive, Columbia, MO 65201 at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Attendants are encouraged to bring a story or memory to share.

Memorial donations may be made to National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, P. O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727, or to the 10-33 Benevolent Fund, 1105 Lakeview Avenue, Columbia, MO 65201. Please include "In memory of Chuck Knife" in the memo.

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