J. David Kneebone Pro Serv executive


A memorial service for J. David Kneebone, former president and general manager of the Pro Serv power tool service company, will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Cylburn Mansion.

Mr. Kneebone, who recently transferred management of the Columbia company to his son, John Robert Kneebone, died of leukemia Dec. 7 at his Lutherville home.

Mr. Kneebone, 63, was born and reared in Western Springs, Ill. He served in the Navy during World War II, then attended Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., where he met Emily Ormes, whom he married in 1949.

In 1962, after several years of working in sales, Mr. Kneebone became a salesman for the Black and Decker Co. Eight years later he became a regional manager in the company's product service division and worked there, as marketing manager, until his retirement in 1983. The next year, he founded Pro Serv with his son and Frank Williams.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Kneebone is survived by a daughter, Jean Vesta of Baltimore; and a stepbrother, James R. Hoatson; and two stepsisters, Patricia H. Abbott and Barbara H. Massey, all of the Chicago area.

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