US Navy

Wayne Knisley

January 28, 1945 ~ March 30, 2020 (age 75)


Rev. Wayne H. Knisley, 75, of Circleville, Ohio passed away on March 30, 2020.  He was born January 28, 1945 to Harry H. and Ethel (Schumacher) Knisley.  

Wayne was born in Ross County, OH. He graduated from Paint Valley High School and joined the US Navy, serving in Vietnam.  He received electronics training from DeVry University in Chicago. Wayne dedicated his life to ministry and helping others.   He was a strong, courageous, hard working, and godly man who positively influenced the lives of many.   He preached his first sermon at the age of 12, continuing a life of pastoring and service with the Churches of Christ in Christian Union and leadership at Inner City Ministries homeless mission in Columbus, OH. He was active in support ministries at Crossroads Church in Circleville, OH.

He was preceded in death by his parents (Ethel and Harry H.), infant son, sister Beverly Knisley, brother Harry E.“Bud” Knisley, and sister Norma Jean (Knisley) Schlaegel.  He is survived by his wife of 54 years  Linda (Perry) Knisley, daughters Tamra (Tim) Stambaugh and Darlene (Dale) Herron, grandson Dalton Herron, siblings Opal Horsley, Joyce Knisley, Rebecca (Jerry) Niver, Garald Knisley, several nieces and nephews, and numerous family and friends.  

A private ceremony and burial will be held for immediate family.  A celebration of life service with military honors is currently planned for September 26, 2020 at 10 a.m. at Crossroads CCCU in Circleville, OH.  The family regrets that friends and extended family are unable to meet in person during this unprecedented time. They appreciate your use of alternative communication methods to share stories and condolences.

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Private Graveside Service

Forest Cemetery
905 N. Court St.
Circleville, OH 43113

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