Bruce Knicley, 84

Former OPRF dean of students

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Bruce D. Knicley, 84, has died. He grew up in Hunt City, Illinois and attended Newton Community High School where he was a member of the basketball and the track & field teams. He attended Eastern Illinois University as a collegiate pole vaulter for EIU and was a member of Sigma PI Fraternity. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, he began teaching in Tuscola, Illinois. He served two times overseas with the U.S. Air Force. He married in 1960 and was divorced later in life. After completing his master's degree in Education, he relocated to the Chicago area to become a dean of students at Oak Park and River Forest High School in 1966 where he truly enjoyed working with students and their families during his 25-year career. A lifelong golfer, he was also a night school golf instructor at Triton College. 

He was a resident of Addison for over 20 years and after his retirement in 1989, he worked for Oak Meadows and Maple Meadows golf courses as a starter to supplement his passion for the sport. He could regularly be found on the courses in the Chicagoland area working on his game. In 2012, Bruce became a resident of Beacon Hill Senior Independent Living Community in Lombard where he formed many new friendships with the staff and residents. Though he was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinal fan, he fully supported all the Chicago sports teams, including the Sox, Cubs, Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks.  

Bruce Knicley was the father of Andrea (Chris) Washington; the grandfather of Lauren and Joel Washington; the brother of James (Mary) Knicley; and the uncle of Mike (Jane) Knicley, Butch (Tammy) Knicley and Ellie (Jason) Wilson. He was preceded in death by his father, E.L. Knicley and his mother, Inez Knicley (nee Hunt). A loving father, grandfather and dear friend to many, he will be greatly missed.  

Visitation was held on July 29 at Williams-Kampp Funeral Home, followed by interment on July 30 at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.  

Memorial donations may be made in his name to your choice of the organizations he supported, Paralyzed Veterans of America ( or St. Baldrick's Foundation to Cure Childhood Cancer ( or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society ( 

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