Fred P. Knust
Fred P. Knust
  • January 12, 1944 - June 20, 2017
  • Mason, Michigan

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Fred Knust, 73, of Mason, Michigan passed away Tuesday June 20, 2017. Fred served his country in Vietnam as a Naval Officer, and retired from the Navy after 4 years in active duty and 21 years in the reserves, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He earned a bachelor's degree in Far Eastern Studies from University of Michigan and a master's degree in Political Science from Michigan State University. He worked for the State of Michigan as a statistician for 21 years, retiring in 1999. Fred was an avid historian and collector of ancient coins; in retirement he worked for Pegasi Numismatics and also ran his own business, Firstlight Numismatics. He was well respected for his expertise in identifying coins from ancient cultures. Active in the community, Fred was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Mason for 39 years, and was active with the Boy Scouts of America, Rotary Club International, YMCA, Mason Fire Corps, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret; sister, Elizabeth Pickup, Boca Raton Fl; daughter, Barbara Knust, Atlanta Ga; son, Andrew Knust, Bloomington, In; four grandchildren, Sabina & Oliver Hawk, Atlanta Ga; Leo & Nora Knust, Bloomington In.
Fred will join his parents, Frederick Prahl Knust and Maude Elizabeth Brown Knust at Friendship Cemetery in Columbus, Mississippi.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Mason, 131 E. Maple St., Mason, MI 48854 with Rev. Bill Pinches officiating. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Mason Renovation Fund, 131 E. Maple St., Mason, MI 48854, (517) 676-9333 or to Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076.
The family is being served by the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes Mason Chapel. Memories and online condolences may be shared with the family at