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Peter Claus Knobloch

January 15, 1932 ~ August 4, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old


Peter was born to Fritz and Bertha Knobloch in Leipzig, Germany on January 15, 1932. He passed away on August 4, 2023, in the home he loved in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He was peaceful and serene with family by his side.

His young life was dramatically impacted by WWII. He survived the bombing of his family home and fled the Russian Occupation.

Peter studied engineering in West Berlin, Germany and In August of 1957 he immigrated to the United States to begin a new life.

In the US he studied at the Case Western Institute of Technology. He held teaching positions at the University of Minnesota; the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada; San Jose State in California and the University of Phoenix. As a consultant in the private sector Peter worked for Asia Pacific Research. He was very proud of receiving a patent when working on a project for Chevron.

Peter was a Renaissance man. Always ready for new experiences, he traveled the world. He respected people of all cultures. He especially loved Africa and camped throughout eastern Africa in 1997. He traveled extensively in Australia and Southeast Asia.

When health curtailed his travel he became an artist, painting scenes of Africa and Asia. He began studying piano at the age of 88 and played until a few weeks before his death.

Peter was unique. His humor, his strong and independent personality and his love of family, friends and Mr. Darcy, his poodle, defined him.

And......he was always ready to enjoy a Jägermeister and a cigar.

He is predeceased by sisters Inge Hespeler and Rita Wachweger. Surviving family include his wife, Bonnie Knobloch of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; son, Alan Knobloch of Phoenix, Arizona; daughter; Michelle Whitehead of Coquille, Oregon; granddaughter, Taylor Rene Knobloch of Phoenix, Arizona; and great-grandson, Carter Knobloch Phoenix, Arizona; nephews, Dietrich Wachweger and Andreas Wachweger of Germany; niece, Corinna Thuss of Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey: and nephew Martin Hespeler of Florida; stepson, Eric Lindstrom, his wife, Lindsay Lindstrom and 2 sons, Jack and Luke of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

A gathering will be held to celebrate Peter's life at a later date.

Donations in honor of Peter may be made to St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma or St. Francis Hospice, Tulsa, Oklahoma.


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