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“David was a dear friend and I met him when he worked at Long Beach golf course. He would dogsit for my parents dogs (Dr. Bob and Helen Gilmore) when...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Gina Reed - Lake Barrington, IL

“David was a dear friend and dog sitter many years ago when Dr. Bob and I went out of town. He went to the dog races with us one time and after we...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Helen Gilmore - St. Simons Island, GA

“Dave Kniola was one of the nicest people I have ever met in my 58 years on earth. We worked together in the late 1970s and early 1980s at Purdue, but...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Gregory Veeck - Kalamazoo, MI

“I have so many memories of Dave, playing tennis, putting a tachometer in his Datsun 510, working at Long Beach golf course together, house-sitting...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Gary Stark - Cincinnati, OH

“There was no better pal than Dave. He is one of the sweetest men I've ever met. We will all miss him terribly. ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Jenny Scifres - Colbert, GA

“You could not ask for a better friend/neighbor than Dave. He was the so very caring of his friends on 750 especially his four legged friends. Chuck...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Joy Anacker

7 of 10 | Posted by: SCOTT PHILPOTT - FRIEND

“My first day of college in 1992 was the first day I started working for Dave in the greenhouse at Purdue. As a college kid, you couldn't ask for a...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Nicole Lemming Booth - Oxford, IN

“Dave could always be found walking his dogs on our road and would always stop and visit. One day our Granddaughter Dyamond asked who he was. We...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Paul and Beth Incropera - IN

“Our prayers to all of you. Words cannot express our sorrow. Dave was a BEAUTIFUL person. A true friend. ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Rita and John Hubbard - OK

David A. Kniola, age 60, of Lafayette, passed away at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at IU Health Arnett Hospital. Born January 9, 1953 in Michigan City, IN, he was the son of Valeria (Jasniewski-Marciniak) Kniola of Trail Creek, IN and the late Max A. Kniola. David attended Indiana, Ball State and Purdue Universities. He was a turf specialist and green house manager at Purdue University for 30 years.
David enjoyed volleyball, walleyball, cycling, softball and horseback riding. He was an avid lover of dogs and had rescued many. He loved golf and was the former superintendant at Long Beach Country Club. He loved landscaping and gardening.
Surviving with his mother are his siblings, Debbie Irk (husband, Tom) and Mark Kniola (wife, Cindy) both of Michigan City, IN and Jeff Kniola (wife, Pat) of Fishers, IN; three nieces, Jennifer Kmitta (husband, Andy), Amber Wanke (husband, Matt) and Katy Kniola; four nephews, Michael Irk (wife, Brier), Adam Kniola, Matt Kniola and Carson Kniola; and several aunts, uncles, friends, Biology students and colleagues. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Visitation from 5-8 p.m. Saturday at Hippensteel Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Natalie's Second Chance Animal Shelter, Crystal Creek Animal Shelter or to the family. Hippensteel Funeral Home is entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at