Herman Knoerzer Leases Marathon Service Station
Herman Knoerzer, who has been in charge of the Marathon Service Station for
Lester C. Snyder since January, has taken over the full management and operation
of the business which will be known as the Knoerzer Marathon Service Station
R. G. Mathioudakis of the South Bend markinging division of the Ohio Oil Company
was in Culver on Tuesday to completer the negotiations. The station will specialize in
complete lubrication and has car washing and polishing facilitied and batter and tire
service. B. F. Goodrich tires, batteries and accessories will be handled in addition to the
well known Marathon products
The Herman Knoerzers have lived at 618 School street in Culver since January and prior
to that time resided in Hibbard. Their two sons Nicholas Arthur 11 and Richard Allan, 10
attend Culver schools
Mr. Knoerser worked as a mechanic a Snyder Chevrolet Sales before taking over the
management of the station early this year. - Sep 26, 1956
1961 - Jul 19 - Herman Knoerzer Dead At 38 In Truck Accident
Culver Man In Highway Tragedy
||Had Planned to Take Position Locally|
Herman A. Knoerzor, age, 38 Route 2 Culver, was killed at 4:50 a.m. July 12 in an accident
wich occured on U. S. 41 near Lowell in Lake County.
The semi tractor her was driving struck the rear of a truck driven by Donald Humes, 37, of
Route 1 Fort Payne, Ala., causing hugh steel coils to shift forward crushing Knoerzer in the
cab which immediately caight fire.
He had been a driver for Steel Transport Inc. of Chicago only a few months, and had resigned
his job, effective last weekend, to work as a mechanic for Snyder Motor Sales of Culver.
World War II Veteran Was Born In Hammond.
Herman Arthur Knoerzer was born Sept 28, 1922. He moved with his family to Rensselaer when
a small child, atended school there, graduating from high school.
He served in the Army during World War II for about three years,, nine months of which he spent
overseas in the European Thearer.
On April 27, 1944 he was married to Miss Joan Drudge of Jasper county, who survives him. They
moved to Culver from the Winamac area in 1953.
Other survivors are two sons, Nick and Richard, both at home; his parents Mr. and Mrs Herman
N. Knoerser, Rensselaer; two brothers, Alfred, Indianapolis and James, Rensselear; five sisters
Mrs. Marjoire Wagner Crown Point, Mrss Bobbette Knoerze San Diego Calif., Mrs. Rose Marie
Barrientos VanWert, Ohio, Mrs. Sylvia Sanders, Michigan City and Mrs. Mildred Whitcraft,
Operated Marathon Station
Mr. Knoerze was a member of St. Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church, the Culver American
Legion Post, and the Culver V.F.W. Post.
He operated the Marthon service station at the corner of Main and Jefferson Streets for a
number of years and later headed the service department at the former Snyder Chevrolet
Funeral services were held at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's of the Lake Church with the
pastor, Rev. Joseph A. Lenk, officiating. Pallbearers were Roy D. Price, Richard Woodward,
Everett Martin, Joseph Hartman, Robert Wynn, and Robert Hall.
Burial was at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetry at Rensselaer
The Easterday Funeral Home was in carge of arrangements where the Rosary was recited at
8 p.m. Friday.