ASHVILLE Kenneth Wayne Knowlton, 67, of Chautauqua Ave., Ashville, N.Y., died Monday (July 16, 2012) in WCA Hospital.
He was born May 2, 1945 in Toronto, Canada, the son of the late Frank and Mary Calhoun Knowlton.
Ken was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was a member of the Navy Seal Team One during Vietnam with multiple service awards as well as the Purple Heart.
Kenneth Wayne Knowlton
Ken had been a real estate broker, property manager, musician playing the keyboard, a stuntman in movies and owned SurKen Entertainment Business in Ashville.
He attended the Maranatha Baptist Church in Mayville, was a member of the American Legion in Lakewood and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Ashville Fire Department of which he was a member of the Fire Police.
Ken loved to sing and compose songs. When singing he would always end with the song "God Bless America."
He is survived by his wife, Surlanda Canoy Knowlton whom he married June 26, 2004 in Santa Paula, Calif.; two sons, Jason and Jurgen; one daughter, Jansen; seven grandchildren, Jeremy, Jan, Jacob, Jenna, Jayden, Julian and Jiada; a brother, Wayne Knowlton and a sister, Linda Gabhart both of Victorville, Calif.; three nephews, Tom, Michael and Kevin; and one niece, Cristina.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21 in the Maranatha Baptist Church, 43 Academy Street in Mayville. Rev. Norman Burdick officiated. Burial as in the Magnolia Cemetery. The family received friends from 3 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 20 in the Maranatha Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Maranatha Baptist Church in Mayville or to the Ashville Fire Department.
The Freay Funeral Home in Mayville is in charge of arrangements.