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James Keane Knoble 75, of Estero, Fla., and Big Sandy Lake, Minn., passed away on May 13, 2014, at his home in Florida surrounded by his loving family.

Jim was born on April 1st, 1939, in Minneapolis, to James and Miriam (Niles) Knoble.

He grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from Washburn High School in 1957. After high school, Jim earned a BA from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., (1961) and an MBA from the University Of Minnesota Twin Cities (1963). While studying at Gustavus, Jim met and fell in love with Carmen Rebecca Jones and married the love of his life on Aug. 26, 1961.

After college, Jim pursued an esteemed career as a hospital administrator. He began his profession at General Hospital in Saginaw, Mich., (1963-65) before moving on to lead the administrative team at Miller Dwan Hospital in Duluth, (1965-75). Jim then became CEO of Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, Ill., where he successfully spearheaded a $22 million dollar expansion project (1975-89). Jim was in high demand for his ability to raise both hospital profitability and patient care. He promoted growth and excellence at both JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Fla. (1989-91) and Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in Roswell, N.M. (1992-97). Jim rounded out his career by again leading Methodist Hospital in Peoria, Ill., until his retirement in 2001.

In addition to his professional life, Jim was a loving, family-man. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Carmen, and their two daughters and their families, Kristan and Fred, Hannah, and Freddie Rice (Naples, Fla.); Bethany and Craig, Christopher, and Isabel Barton (Tulsa, Okla.); and his sister, Jacqueline Kapanjie (Peoria, Ill).

Jim enjoyed a healthy lifestyle by exercising and staying active. He also loved the outdoors and took fishing trips to Canada and participated in protecting the environment on Big Sandy Lake. Jim was also a philanthropist, a world traveler, and a life-long learner. He read voraciously about history, religion, and the world around him. He is fondly remembered for his love of life and unique sense of humor - ever ready for practical jokes!

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: Fisher House Foundation, Inc. (In support of our military men and women) Interfaith Charities of South Lee