Robert Knobel

Robert Norman Knobel

Tuesday, July 31st, 1951 - Sunday, June 16th, 2019
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Robert Norman Knobel, age 67, of Bloomingdale, NY died Sunday, June 16, 2019 at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.

Born in Saranac Lake, New York on July 31, 1951, he was the son of Raymond and Phyllis (Norman) Knobel. Robert married Susan Ferree on January 28, 1978 at the Bloomingdale Methodist Church.

Robert and his wife Susan moved back to the Saranac Lake area in 2012 coming from Nashville, TN where they lived for over 32 years. Robert worked at the Opryland Hotel where he co-authored the "Commissary Production Kitchen Manual" and trained culinary apprentices. He had been employed as a Sous Chef at the Adirondack Loj and Whiteface Club & Resort for several years. He was a member of the Saranac Lake Masonic Lodge and had often cooked for their pancake breakfasts and lasagna suppers. He also had worked on the construction of the bob run in Lake placid and worked as the announcer on the infamous “Shady” curve. He enjoyed skiing, biking, martial arts (brown belt) and flying. He flew "Fire Watch" with Art Devlin Jr. and his wife Susan over Lake Placid through the Cascades and the surrounding areas.

He is survived by his wife Susan of Bloomingdale, Mother-in-Law Anna H Ferree (Saranac Lake), three brothers Richard Knobel and his wife Elaine of Bloomingdale, Rusty Knobel and his wife Wanda of Saranac Lake, and Randall Knobel and his wife Lori of Lockport, NY and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother and father.

Calling hours will take place at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home on Tuesday July 2, 2019 from 4:00PM to 6:00PM. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM on Wednesday July 3, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake, with Pastor Joanne White officiating. Burial will take place at Brookside Cemetery in Bloomingdale.

Friends wishing to remember Robert Norman Knobel may make memorial contributions to the Saranac Lake Masonic Lodge or the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department in care of the funeral home. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guestbook at
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, Inc.
    20 Church Street
    SARANAC LAKE, NY 12983
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  • Service

    Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 | 3:00pm
    Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 3:00pm
    First Presbyterian Church
    57 Church Street
    SARANAC LAKE, NY 12983
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    Rev. Joanne White
  • Interment

    Brookside Cemetery
    Route 3
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David (LD) Gilpin

Posted at 06:41pm
Robb was a genuine friend and smarter than the average bear. Phyllis and Ray opened their house to many of Robb and Ricks friends. They treated us like their own. My deepest regards go out to Robbs wife and the three R's Rick, Randy and Rusty. Robb may you rest in peace.

Becky Farr Kauffman

Posted at 08:19am
I shared a house in Vail/Minturn, CO in the early ‘70 with Rob and Rick. The High Chapparel we called it. It was a wild ride and great memories with all who lived there. Sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers
Becky Farr

Madge Duprey

Posted at 09:08am
My thoughts & prayers to all the family- gone from us way too soon.

Debby Brewster Bowersock

Posted at 03:36pm
We all had a lot of fun growing up next door to each other on Lake Flower Avenue. Sounds like your grown up life was rich in adventures. Gone to soon. Debby Brewster Bowersock

David Goodrow

Posted at 02:52pm
Sad to hear of Rob’s passing. A friend and 1970 SLCHS classmate gone too soon. Many good memories of good times up the lake, at The Gulch, at the Waterhole; and of course at the Knobel house. A memory I’ll never forget was when Rob, Rick and myself hiked miles into nowhere to Avalanche Pass/Lake Colden stocked up with ham, burgers etc. First night in camp, we woke up next morning and all our food was gone; cleaned out by bears or raccoons or whatever. We ate pretty poorly the next three days but I recall it was a great time anyway. Peace be with you Rob. David Goodrow

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