Regis was born July 15, 1937 in Coloma, Michigan. He grew up in Watervliet where he graduated high school in 1955. After high school he proudly served his country in the United States Army in the military police division. Upon returning home Regis went to work for 30 years in the lab at the Watervliet Paper Mill. After the mill closed Regis owned the General Store in Coloma for many years and also built Kwicki Car Wash in Coloma. His favorite hobby was cars, he enjoyed buying all different kinds. Regis was also an active member of his church Latter Day Saints in St. Joseph.
Regis leaves behind a loving family to cherish his memory which includes: four step-children Debra (Carl) Scholl, Susan (James) Lynch, Steven (Tina) Botos, and Kathleen (Eric) Carleton; 16 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; three sisters Karen (Jerry) Rosenbaum, Diana (BJ) Dressler, and Linda (Larry) Stege; and many nieces and nephews.
Regis died Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at Hanson Hospice Center. His loving wife of 27 years Mary Kniebes, dad Lowell Kniebes, and mom Eleanor (Peters) Burnsworth precede Regis in death. Friends may visit with Regis’ family Monday, November 23, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet. A graveside service will follow visitation at 1:00 PM at North Shore Memory Gardens. You are invited to leave a message of comfort for Regis’ family.
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