Robert Norman Knobel, 67, of Bloomingdale, died Sunday, June 16, 2019, at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.
Born in Saranac Lake on July 31, 1951, he was the son of Raymond and Phyllis (Norman) Knobel. Robert married Susan Ferree on Jan. 28, 1978, at the Bloomingdale Methodist Church.
Robert and his wife Susan moved back to the Saranac Lake area in 2012, coming from Nashville, Tennessee, 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 and 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; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father.
Calling hours will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 2 at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at the First Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake with the Rev. Joanne White officiating. Burial will take place in 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 fortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.