Marilyn J. (Miller) VanBuskirk Knief

June 5, 1930 ~ January 27, 2020 (age 89)


Marilyn J. VanBuskirk Knief, age 89, of Bellefontaine, Ohio passed away at 5:48 p.m. Monday, January 27, 2020 at Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine.  

She was born in DeGraff, Ohio June 5, 1930, a daughter of the late Edgar and Hazel (Garver) Miller.

She is survived by her three daughters, Valerie (Martin) Cromes of Ravenna, Ohio, Leslie (Dave) Kueterman of Monroe, Michigan, and Amy (Sharon) VanBuskirk of Longbottom, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Brad Cromes, Adam Cromes, Tiffany Rosselot, Tabitha Glassburn, Jamie Dearwester, Amber Simkins, Kevin Dearwester, and Nathan Kueterman; nine great grandchildren, Dalton, Kaden, Eliot, Wyatt, Emerson, Henry, Tiffani, Sarah, and Savannah; one great-great grandchild, Kova; a sister, Connie Houchin; a son-in-law, Randy Dearwester of Columbus, Ohio and several nieces and nephews. 

Marilyn grew up in DeGraff and graduated from DeGraff High School in 1948.  She married Robert VanBuskirk in 1953 and had five daughters.  They later divorced.  She then married E. Darrell Knief in 1984 and he preceded her in death in 2006.  She was also preceded in death by two daughters, Vicki Gist and Bobbi Dearwester and a son-in-law, Steven Gist.

She retired from LeRoi Dresser in Sidney, Ohio after twenty four years as an executive secretary.  She also worked as a police officer in DeGraff for five years.  Marilyn enjoyed her time volunteering with the Riverside and Bellefontaine school districts.  She liked to square dance, play cards and enjoyed reading.  Her greatest joy in life were her daughters.

Pastor Kevin Greenwald will officiate a memorial service at 12 noon Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the First Christian Church in Bellefontaine.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the memorial service at the church.

Burial will follow the memorial service at the Greenwood-Union Cemetery in DeGraff.

The staff of the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Bellefontaine is honored to serve Marilyn’s family.



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February 15, 2020

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
First Christian Church
215 E. Sandusky Ave.
Bellefontaine, OH 43311

Memorial Service
February 15, 2020

12:00 PM
First Christian Church
215 E. Sandusky Ave.
Bellefontaine, OH 43311


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