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Matthew Bowers

My Uncle Ken was a memorable man. He essentially shaped my professional career by seeing an early talent in drawing from me and literally handed me the tools his Father, my grandfather, James F Kneisel used as an architect. He was a passionate man, his wit, charisma and sense of humor are the memories i will cherish most.

Jonee Grassi

My partner, Jim Horan, considered Ken a brother. They shared many interests such as boats, bicycles, and bourbon. They had many adventures that involved at least one of those items! They went to Kentucky and did the Bourbon Trail together. They took lessons in driving power boats with twin engines in the San Juan Islands. They often attended Fleet Week together in San Francisco to watch the Blue Angels fly. Until Jim's sudden death in 2019 they generally spoke by phone almost weekly. Throughout the years of their friendship, I came to know Ken and Chris. I consider them my good friends, too. They were the friends who had our backs, individually and as a couple, through good times and bad. Ken gave a eulogy at Jim's memorial and helped me with the aftermath of his death. Ken was a deeply compassionate and sensitive person. I am grateful for the time that I had with Ken. I will miss him always. My heart goes out to Chris and the entire Kneisel family.

Kenneth L. Kneisel


Ken Kneisel of Fernandina Beach passed away peacefully early on May 22, 2023 at the Warner Center for Caring.

Ken was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1947, graduated with an advanced college degree and served honorably in the Air Force. He went on to work primarily as a consultant in International business and non-profits. He was highly respected for assisting clients in creating successful business strategies. After retiring to Amelia Island in 2013, his great joy was serving 5 years as a Mentor in the Take Stock in Children program.

Ken was well loved and loved well. Sports cars, boating, music, travel, cooking with friends and enjoying Nature were particular interests of his. He was a proud member of the ROMEOs here on the island.

Ken leaves behind his wife and love partner, Christine Reed; daughter, Kristie Kneisel of Texas (Robert); grandson, Rowan; sister, Marcie Bowers of Nebraska (Ken); nephew, Matt Bowers (Kendall); and many loving friends and neighbors. He will be greatly missed.

Ken’s life will be celebrated at a later date.

Ken’s family especially appreciates the loving care provided to him and Christine during the challenging last few months by Community Hospice here in Fernandina Beach.

Donations may be made in his memory to Take Stock in Children (, Community Hospice (, or The Nature Conservancy.


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