The Passing of Brother Knisell

September 28, 2020


The entire UMWA family mourns the passing of not only a leader and dedicated member of the union, but a friend, a confidant, a veteran,  father and husband. Brother Larry Knisell passed away Monday, September 28, 2020.

Brother Knisell was a former District Representative and a member of Local Union 1570 in District 31. He was an avid UMWA supporter and member of our Pensioner Leadership Committee.

We could always count on him to fight for the members of the UMWA. He was even willing to sacrifice his freedom in 2013 , when he was arrested in the streets of St. Louis fighting for the pensions and health care of retiree UMWA miners.

Larry was also a proud United States Navy and Vietnam veteran serving on the USS Joseph Strauss.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the Knisell family. He will be sadly missed.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Larry’s name to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250, or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38105.

Brother Larry Knisell sitting with UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts and other members of the UMWA International Executive Board on the streets of St. Louis at the 2013 UMWA Pension Rally.
Brother Larry Knisell being arrested in St. Louis after rallying to preserve health care and pensions for retired coal miners and their families.
District 2 Vice President Chuck Knisell being sworn in by his father, Brother Larry Knisell, at the 2018 UMWA Inauguration in Morgantown, West Virginia.