Former U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg, 84, dies

By: Terry Oparka | C&G Newspapers | Published February 8, 2018

Former U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg, a Republican who represented the 9th and 11th congressional districts from 1993 to 2009, died Feb. 6 at age 84. 

State Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, said in an email that his father died due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease. 

“Serving in Congress was a natural progression of the community service he’d demonstrated (in) his adult life,” Marty Knollenberg said. “What many people don’t realize is that his congressional career didn’t begin until he was 59 years old. He believed in giving back to the community. He was active in the local Republican party. He was a PTA dad,  a coach. He was involved in community organizations, board meetings and the neighborhood block party.”

Services were scheduled for Feb. 10. 

“Throughout his 16 years of service in Congress, Joe worked tirelessly to represent the people of southeast Michigan,” U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, said in a prepared statement. “He cared deeply about his country and his state, and he remained active in his community even after his service in Congress ended. Joe was a true statesman and a well-respected gentleman — exactly the kind of person you want to see in public service. My thoughts are with his family and friends, and I hope they can take a small measure of comfort in knowing that his legacy of dedication and public service to the people of Michigan will live on.”