Chuck Knife

May 10, 1945 - February 18, 2013

Chuck Knife, 67, of Columbia, passed away Monday, February 18, 2013. He was born on May 10, 1945, in Dickinson, North Dakota to Leslie and Winifred (Schwartz) Knife. He married Karol Hulett in Columbia, in 1988, and she survives. Chuck was a firefighter for two decades, retiring as a Lt./Fire Marshal for the City of Columbia Fire Department. He then went on to work with the State of Missouri Fire Marshal's Office as a fire investigator. Most recently, he was a Fire Investigator for Traveler's Insurance. Chuck was a member of the Blue Lodge Twilight #114 and the Shrine Moolah Temple. He was also a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason. In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by three step- children: Alan Hulett (Karin), Jill Hulett, and Joy Hulett, all of Columbia; sister: Pam Strauss (Dan) of Cape Girardeau; sister-in-law, Lois Knife of San Antonio, Texas; nieces, Lesley Sadovsky (Brian) of San Antonio, Texas, Claire Blankenship of Cape Girardeau; grandchildren: Katie Cook, Ryan Hulett, and Rylie Hulett of Columbia, and Jesse Palmer of Harrisburg. Chuck was preceded in death by his daughter, Dana; his brother, Richard; his nephew, Jeff; and his parents. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Elks Lodge, 4747 E Elk Park Dr., Columbia, MO 65201 at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Attendants are encouraged to bring a story or memory to share. Memorial donations may be made to National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, P. O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727, or to the 10-33 Benevolent Fund, 1105 Lakeview Avenue, Columbia, MO 65201. Please include "In memory of Chuck Knife" in the memo. Online tributes may be left at

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