(WEAU) - “We miss him a lot. He will be missed,” said sister Peggy White.
Tony Knoll's sister Peggy White was surrounded by her family today as she talked of her 34-year-old brother, taken too soon.
“He was a down to earth fun loving guy, always had a smile on his face,” said White.
Peggy says Tony has five young children and a wife. Their sixth child is due in March.
She says he enjoyed ice fishing with his oldest girls, but worked hard. He owned a small business, a furnace and air conditioning business and has worked in the industry since he was eighteen.
“I think a lot of times even with the furnace business, he didn't even charge people the amount that they should be charged if he saw they were needier than he was,” said White.
Sadly, logging was something she says he did on the side to earn extra money in a tough economy. He was the breadwinner for a family she says meant the world to him.
“His wife comes from a big family. That's probably just something that they always just loved having a lot of family around and wanted to have a lot of their own kids to share their love with,” said White.
His family is trying to take this loss one day at a time.
“Just be a day by day thing, yup just thinking of the good times,” said White.
While Tony is the youngest of five brothers, his only sister had one last thing she would say to her brother.
“That we just all love him and we're looking out for his kids,” said White.
The memorial service for Tony is February 11th, which sadly his wife Kate’s birthday. You can donate to the Knoll fund, by contacting the Dairyland State Bank in Bruce.
The family is also having a spaghetti dinner at Presbyterian Church in Chippewa Falls on February 18th and there will be a silent auction to raise money.