Evan James Knoblauch, 20, of Oglesby, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on July 10, 2019, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

A Mass of Christian burial celebrating Evan’s Life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Bede Abbey Church. The Rev. Ronald Margherio, O.S.B., a friend of Evan’s, will officiate. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday in St. Bede Abbey Church. There will be additional visitation 10-11 a.m. Saturday, prior to the Mass, in the church. Ptak Funeral Home, Peru, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Evan was born March 26, 1999, in Spring Valley to James and Susan Kaye (Querciagrossa) Knoblauch. Evan attended Oglesby Public Schools and St. Bede Academy, graduating in 2017, shortly after his diagnosis.

During his grade school years, Evan participated in youth soccer, baseball, wrestling and football. While at St. Bede Academy, Evan was a member of the football, baseball and bowling teams. He was also a Student Ambassador, Eucharistic Minister and a member of numerous social clubs. Evan formed many strong, lasting relationships during his grade and high school years with coaches, teachers, priests, staff and students. He loved and cherished these relationships. His close circle of friends, and the community at large, gave him unending support during his long health struggle.

When his cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment deferred his attendance at Illinois State University, where he intended to pursue a degree in criminal justice, Evan changed course and completed certification to become an Oglesby volunteer firefighter. Serving his community through the fire department became very important to him. He also worked with his uncle and cousin at their law firm. True to Evan’s spirit, he became a beloved colleague at both the fire department and law firm.

Evan’s love and respect for his family, friends and colleagues was always evident. He is survived by his beloved family — his mother, Susan, his father, Jim, his sister, Morgan, and his canine companions, Tyson and Remi, all of Oglesby; his paternal grandparents, Rod and Dolly Knoblauch of Oglesby; and his aunts and uncles, Kevin and Patty Knoblauch of Ottawa, Kim Knoblauch of Oglesby, Doug and Heather Knoblauch of Oglesby, Jay Querciagrossa of Oglesby, Patrick and Mary Jo Barry of Peru and Keith and Julia Cain of Princeton. He is also survived by numerous cousins, who meant the world to him.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Jack and Sue Querciagrossa; his stepgrandmother, Della Cain Querciagrossa; and his paternal uncle, Michael Knoblauch.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Bede Academy or Oglesby Fire Department.

Evan touched many lives and was a living example of kindness, courage and compassion. The good he did and the grace with which he lived his life will live on in each of us forever.

Online condolences and remembrances may be shared at PtakFH.com.

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