John Knowles, III

Obituary of John Knowles, III

John Appleton Knowles, III, 81, of Harleysville, formerly of Kulpsville, passed away November 1, 2017 at Grand View Health in Sellersville. He was the husband of Martha (Sommers) Knowles.


Born November 20, 1935 in Port Chester, NY, he was a son of the late John Appleton Knowles, Jr. and Louise (Powell) Sanger. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army. He earned his PhD in Chemistry from Arizona State University. 


Dr. Knowles was a chemist and was employed with Wyeth Laboratories for many years. He enjoyed sailing in his free time.


In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Jared A. Knowles of New York, NY; a daughter, Amanda Knowles of Seattle, WA; and a sister, Anne K. Wood of Providence, RI.


Services will be private for the family. Arrangements are by the R. L. Williams, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. of Skippack. Online condolences may be made to the family at