Carl Lavern Knaus

Carl Lavern Knaus, age 82, died February 11, 2020 at his home in Garden City. He was born January 1, 1938 in Bridgeport, NE the son of Emanuel & Dolly Knaus.


Carl served six years in the United States Army. On March 14, 1992, he married Carol Reynolds in Garden City. They combined their families, and together had eight children. Carl’s life centered around his love for music and he was the base guitarist with a local band called "The Continentals." The band played at many of the local clubs and was the house band for the Grain Bin. Carl also restored many old classic cars and owned a 1956 Cadillac Sedan DeVille which brought him many awards. Another pastime of Carl’s was repairing watches, clock, lawn mowers, and other small engines. Carl was a member of the Church of the Brethren in Garden City, as well as the VFW and the American Legion.


Survivors include his wife Carol Knaus of the home; seven children Russ & Connie Knaus of Garden City, Chris Knaus of Garden City, Stephanie & Jerry Nolan of Deerfield, KS, Sheri Trimble & Courtney Brown of Bandera, TX, Zeb & Kayse Smith of Garden City, Moriah Mitchell & Steve Patterson of Graham, TX, and Jackson & Libby Collins of Holcomb, KS; two brothers Bud Knaus of Denver, CO and Ray Knaus of Garden City; a brother-in-law Al Orr of Plainview, TX; a sister-in-law Cathy Knaus of Bandera, TX; twenty grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and many friends that were like family. Carl is preceded in death by a daughter Saundra Shailynn Knaus; a sister Lonnie Orr; a brother Kenny Knaus; and a sister-in-law Francis Knaus.


Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on February 14, 2020 at the Garden City Church of the Brethren in Garden City. Military funeral honors will be conducted by the Kansas Army National Guard Honor Guard. A private family burial will take place at a later date. There will be no calling hours. The family suggests memorials given to the Church of the Brethren or to the Carl Knaus Memorial Fund both in care of Garnand Funeral Home of Garden City. Condolences may be given at garnandfuneralhomes.com.