Charles F. Knaus, retired truck driver, prisoner of war in World War II - The Buffalo News
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Charles F. Knaus, retired truck driver, prisoner of war in World War II

Jan. 15, 1925 – Sept. 3, 2013

Charles F. Knaus, of Williamsville, a trucker and a prisoner of war during World War II, died Tuesday in St. John the Baptist Hospice House after a short illness. He was 88.

Born in Buffalo, he attended school in West Seneca and began working as a boy with his father and uncle, who trucked produce to New York City.

He enlisted in the Army in 1943 and served as a rifleman in Italy, where he was wounded in both legs in February 1944. Captured a few days later by the Germans, he was held in seven camps before he was liberated by American forces on May 7, 1945. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Returning from service, Mr. Knaus worked as a truck driver and joined with his brother, William, to establish Knaus Brothers Trucking.

In the mid-1960s, he began working with Riverside Service Corp. as a truck owner and operator, hauling steel from the Bethlehem Steel Corp. plant in Lackawanna. Although he retired about 15 years ago, he continued driving as he assisted his son in his truck sales business.

He attended Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church in Clarence and its Bible study group.

His wife of 62 years, Elsie Trautman Knaus, died in 2008.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara A. Habes; and a son, Charles G.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Amigone Funeral Home, 8440 Main St., Clarence.

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