Richard Knuth
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Obituary of Richard M. Knuth

Richard M. Knuth, age 88 of Concord Twp., passed away June 20, 2019 at Symphony at Mentor.  He was born December 19, 1930 in Painesville to the late Emil and Senia (Hautamaki) Knuth and grew up in Fairport Harbor until moving to Concord in 1961.  

Mr. Knuth retired from Painesville City Schools in 1991 teaching Industrial Arts.  While at Harvey High School he coached football for many years, started the wrestling program and served as Athletic Director.   He was a graduate of Fairport Harding High School where he played football and basketball and was also Class President.  He then graduated from Kent State University where he received his teaching degree. He was a member of the football team and wrestling team.  Mr. Knuth enjoyed woodworking in his spare time and created Christmas ornaments every year for family members.  He also enjoyed making toys and volunteered at Lake Metro Parks Farm Park making toys for the Breakfast with Santa event.  He and his wife Renate enjoyed volunteering for this every year.  Mr. Knuth was very proud of his Finnish heritage and traveled to Finland several times as well as many other locations throughout the World with his wife.  He volunteered at the Fairport Finish Heritage Museum and enjoyed sharing his time and knowledge with the visitors.  

Mr. Knuth is survived by his wife Renate (Stamm) Knuth. They were married June 21, 1963 and celebrated 56 years together. He is also survived by his daughter Heidi J. (Jeff) Mattlin of Solon, his son Erik F. (Kristin) Knuth of Hudson and grandchildren Abby and Ashley Mattlin and Ethan, Cameron, and Liam Knuth. He was preceded in death by his parents, his stepfather Donald Brewster and his brother Jack Knuth. 

A gathering to celebrate his life will be held Saturday, July 13 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Hellriegel's Inn, 1840 Mentor Avenue, Painesville, Ohio 44077.   

Memorial contributions are suggested to Kent State University Alumni Associaton, 350 S. Lincoln St., Kent, Ohio 44242 or at www.kent.edu/alumni or Harvey High School Athletic Department, 200 W. Walnut Street, Painesville, Ohio 44077.

Online condolences, information and directions at www.johnsonfuneralservices.net