Robert Wallace Knowles (January 12, 1938 - December 28, 2014)

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Robert Wallace Knowles
  • January 12, 1938
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  • December 28, 2014

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Robert Wallace Knowles, 76, of Orlando, Florida passed away on Sunday, December 28, 2014. He was born in Wheeling on January 12, 1938, a son of the late Earl Jr. and Virginia (Cook) Knowles. Bob graduated from Wheeling High School and attended West Virginia University. He enjoyed a 27 year career with the Wheeling Fire Department, retiring in 1988 as the Assistant Fire Chief. Bob relocated to Orlando in 1994. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 23 years Jacqueline Knowles; daughters Lisa Wolf (Timothy) of Tampa, Florida and Shelley Soltis (Kenneth) of Orlando, Florida; son Robert Knowles of Orlando, Florida; step-daughter Nicole Hudnall of Charleston, West Virginia; and grandchildren Cameron Soltis, Kaitlyn Soltis, Tyler Wolf and Carter Wolf. A celebration of his life will be held in Orlando, Florida at a later date. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lymphoma Society or Pepin Academies ( a school for children with learning disabilities.

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  1. Julie Bleifus Schiess says:
    12 Jan 2015
    Shelley, Lisa and Bobby, so sorry for your loss. I know your father will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Julie

  2. Anna Arensberg-Holden says:
    05 Jan 2015
    Jackie, Lisa, Shelley and Bobby, I as so sorry to near of Bob's passing. He was a wonderful man. I remember so many times of fun and laughter. Jackie, we all stayed in touch for awhile and then, I guess we all just got too busy. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with your family. I know you will truly miss him...

  3. Sheri Seabright Fawn Thomas says:
    04 Jan 2015
    Lisa, Shelley & Bob -- We are so sorry for the passing of your father. Looking at his picture reminded us of our younger years, when we thought of your parents as Mr. and Mrs. Brady. Your father was a wonderful man to all, and we will always remember the great times that we shared with all of you and your parents. We will keep all of you in our prayers.

  4. Bill & Judy Seabright says:
    04 Jan 2015
    The Knowles Family -- Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Although time and distance have kept us from a close relationship, our friendships that began on Wheeling Island have always been among our fond memories. We are thinking of all of you at this time.

  5. Sue Cunningham says:
    04 Jan 2015
    Knowles Family, my thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of great loss.
    Sue Cunningham

  6. Janet and Jerry Nixon says:
    04 Jan 2015
    Shelly, Lisa, Bobby and sorry to hear about the passing of Bob, brought back many memories of S. Front St., Madison School, Bridge Park and many other Island places. Many blessing to all of you. Janet and Jerry

  7. Lt. Paul McIntire Jr. says:
    04 Jan 2015
    On behalf of the Wheeling Fire Dept. Honor Guard and Wheeling Firefighters Local 12, please accept our heartfelt sympathy and condolences. Neither time, nor distance can break the brotherly bond we all share with all that put on the uniform and their loved ones.

  8. Tammy Nolte Denniston says:
    04 Jan 2015
    Lisa, Shelley and Bobby, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. So many great memories of our younger years together. I remember our parents always laughing and having a great time together. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Thinking of you, Tammy

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