Bernie Knill

BERNARD I. KNILL, age 82, of Lakewood, Ohio passed away Friday, January 22, 2010.

Bernard Knill won more than two dozen awards during six decades of industrial journalism. "Bernie Knill played the typewriter like Mozart played a piano," wrote Tom Andel, who succeeded Knill in 2000 as chief editor of Penton Media's former Material Handling Engineering magazine, now Material Handling Management. "Both composed masterpieces in their heads."

He was born in Cleveland and lived mostly in Lakewood. He worked for the magazine from 1957 to 2000 and contributed articles in retirement. According to the magazine, Knill inspired federal training rules for lift truck operators and helped his industry win a long turf war with elevator inspectors. His many honors included the first lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and a lifetime award from the Material Handling Industry Board of Governors.

Beloved Husband of 56 years to Sally (nee Todia). Loving Father of Stephen Knill (Beth), Susan Knill (David Wood), Judith Ranallo (fiancÚ Jeff Todia), infant Michael (deceased), Barbara Rook (Mark), Rebecca Knill, and Karla Straight (Tim). Dearest Grandfather of Sam (Melissa) Ranallo, Shawn Straight (Sherri Masceline), Joe Ranallo, Matthew Rook, Cristian Knill, Libby Rook, Emma Wood, and Andrew Bostwick. Dear Brother of Albert and the late Mary Faust and David. Brother-in-law of Tom Todia, Mary Todia, Betty Jane Knill, and the late Joseph Todia, Robert Todia, David Faust, and Inez Knill. Great-grandfather of Julia Straight. Uncle and Great Uncle.