Vernon V Knoespel
June 21, 1941 - Jan. 4, 2023
Chilton, WI
Funeral Service:
Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023
11:30 am
Ebenezer United Church of Christ
44 W. Washington
Chilton, WI 53014
Funeral Visitation:
Friday, Jan. 13, 2023
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023
10:00 am - 11:15 am
Ebenezer United Church of Christ
44 W. Washington
Chilton, WI 53014
Burial Service:
Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023
12:15 pm
Hillside Cemetery
North Madison St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Vernon V Knoespel
Chilton, WI

Vernon V. “Vern” Knoespel, age 81, of Chilton, died on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at Willowdale Health & Rehabilitation Center in New Holstein.  He was born June 21, 1941 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, son of the late Eldred & Aurelia (Hahn) Knoespel.  

Vern was a 1959 graduate of Brillion High School and began working at Thiel Milk Products in St. John.  He married Edith M. Jensen on May 4, 1963 in Malone, and while the happy couple were on their honeymoon, Vern proposed the notion of starting a distribution business to his new bride.  

Upon their return and without hesitation, Vern’s Cheese became a reality on March 1, 1964.  The early years while being established next to a church led to many wonderful and colorful stories.  As the business grew, Vern’s Cheese moved to Twain Road to accommodate the additional space needed and eventually transitioned back to Chilton where Vern’s life and business continued to grow.  

He was a member of Ebenezer United Church of Christ where he served on the council and the president of the congregation twice. He was also an avid member of the Forest Junction and Ebenezer II dartball teams for over 50 years.   He was also a member of the Jaycee’s and proudly belonged to the Chilton Chamber of Commerce and was named Citizen of the Year in 2010 along with his wife, Edith.  With a mindset toward his community, Vern’s Cheese sponsored numerous softball teams throughout the area since the early 70’s and served on the Wisconsin Cheese & Specialty Food Association where he was honored as Member of the Year in1992. He served on the Community Bank & Trust board, was an active member of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association, Wisconsin Grocer’s Association, & the Wisconsin Tavern League and helped serve for the New Hope Center both on their Board of Directors and as their president.  

For all of his accomplishments in his life, nothing brought Vern more joy and happiness than being with his friends, and especially his family.  He was always willing to share a good story, offer a hearty laugh, or sell cheese to anyone who had the smallest amount of time to listen.  Trips up north with his family and those he loved brought joy to his life and memories for everyone who would join him.  

Survivors include his wife: Edith; his children: Kelly (Wayne) Kress, Kurt (Madelynn) Knoespel, Kari (Mark) Meyers, Kristi (Randy) Schnell; 5 grandchildren and 1 step grandchild: Jarrid (Shannon) Kress, Jordan Kress and his fiancée, Kaylie Sorenson, Tiffany Knoespel, Tyler See and his special friend, Lindsey Kohlman, Samantha Meyers, Ryan Schnell; 4 great grandchildren and 1 step great grandchild: Evelyn & Easton Kress, Henrik Halverson, Oliver & Wyatt Porsche; a sister: Germaine Zahn; a sister-in-law: Elaine Hessil; and a nephew and Godson: Brian Zahn.  He is further survived by other relatives and friends.

Vern was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws: Arno & Mildred Jensen; a step grandson: Christopher; a brother: Floyd Knoespel; and his brothers-in-law: Randy Zahn & Jim Hessil.

Funeral service will be at 11:30 am on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at Ebenezer United Church of Christ (44 W. Washington) in Chilton.  Burial will follow in the Hillside Cemetery in Chilton.  Friends may call at the Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main St.) in Chilton from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Friday, January 13, 2023 and on Saturday at the church from 10:00 am until 11:15 am. Those wishing to watch a livestream or archived recording of the funeral service, view a memorial video, or see photos of the flowers and gifts given to the family may do so by clicking HERE.

A memorial fund has been established in the name of Vernon V. “Vern” Knoespel.  

The family would also like to thank the staff at Willowdale Health and Rehabilitation Center and Calumet County Hospice for their love and kindness while taking care of Vern.
Thankful for his services and contributions and his family and his workers; then list could on and on and on.....thanks Vern!!

Mark (friend) - Jan. 14, 2023

Our sympathy to you Edith and your family. Always enjoyed talking with Vern and his family. May he rest in peace.

art and Joyce Kopf - Jan. 11, 2023

MY classmate

don vogel (old friend ) - Jan. 7, 2023

Vern was a great businessman and always had time to talk. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him and did business with his family owned cheese business. He always responded to your request and did what ever he could to see you were treated as his only customer. Great businessman and we will miss him. Our sympathy to the entire Knoespel family.

Tim & Diane Gile (Customer and Friend) - Jan. 6, 2023

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you,at this sad in peace,vern

Gene,colleen enneper (Friend) - Jan. 6, 2023

Our deepest sympathy to your family on the passing of Vern. His dedication to his family, business and community is well known. He will be remembered fondly. May God keep your family in His care during this difficult time. Sincerely, Tom & Linda Cullen

Tom & Linda Cullen (Friends) - Jan. 6, 2023

I an currently a A housekeeper at willowdale nursing home in the whole thing vern would always say good morning to me in the morning and always ask who I am

Rhonda otto (Worker at willowdale ) - Jan. 5, 2023

We were really sad to hear Vern had passed away. He was such a good kind man. One of the best! Our condolences and prayers ???? are with the family.

Kathryn & Amy Kuhn (Church Members ) - Jan. 5, 2023


Dean Stanelle (dartball) - Jan. 5, 2023

Vern (and Edith) have been friends to all of us over the years in Chilton. I still always stop in the store to check things out when I'm home! My thoughts are with Edith and the family

DIANE ROSE SCHMAHL (friend from Chilton) - Jan. 5, 2023

Edith and family: My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. I have known all of you a very long time. Vern always had a smile on his face. Cherish the memories you have of him. He will be watching you every day!! Hugs and kisses! Love Karen

karen pingel swonger (friend) - Jan. 5, 2023

Deepest sympathy to Edie
and her wonderful family.
They spent quality time with
Vern every day, since his stroke many years ago.
He knew he was always
loved, including when he
took his last breath. They
all surrounded him, to
say their final good-byes.
He fought the 'good fight'
and is now in God's Heavenly
Home. Rest in peace, dear
friend. GOD BLESS.

Connie Stoychoff-Waldvogel (Church family) - Jan. 5, 2023

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