John "Jack" Poyer Kniskern

May 19, 1926 – Dec 21, 2017

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Jack Kniskern died peacefully on December 21, 2017 at the Courtly Adult Family Home in Des Moines, Washington. He was born May 31, 1926, in Medford, Massachusetts to Leslie A. Kniskern and Mary Poyer Kniskern. Jack graduated from University of Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, and earned his Master’s in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In August, 1948, he married Ione N. Pugerude, and they moved to Des Moines, Washington in 1949, where he practiced Architecture until his retirement, and lived until his passing. Jack is survived by his three sons Kip Kniskern, Paul Kniskern (wife Sedonia) and Robert Peak (wife Julie). Surviving grandchildren include Krishan Peak, Jennifer Anders and her husband Paul and their children Molly and Kate.  

Jack was a life long Rotarian and a member of the Des Moines United Methodist Church. He was deeply committed to "community betterment" in the hopes of making the world a better, more peaceful place for all humanity. 

Memorial Service at Des Moines First Methodist Church at 1:00pm on Thursday, December 28, 2017.


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