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Clinton Thomas ( Tom ) Knox

March 19, 2024 | 2 comments

Clinton Thomas Knox, 98, of Onalaska, passed away on March 16, 2024 at Onalaska Care Center.

Tom served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He completed 31 missions over Europe as a B-17 crew member based in Italy with the 15th Air Force.

He married Melba Meitrodt in January 19, 1952. They were married for 58 years prior to her death in August of 2010.

After completing his education, he worked for the Standard Oil Company at various locations as an Accountant/Auditor. In 1969, his family his family moved from Detroit, Michigan to Onalaska where he became Treasurer of Spence-McCord Drug Company in La Crosse. Upon subsequent mergers, he completed his working career as an Auditor for General Medical Corp. and Whittaker Corp. of Los Angeles.

He is survived by his daughter, Dr. Kristen Knox of Kirkland, Washington, as well as three grandchildren, Charlie, Martha and Anders and a great grand daughter Ziggy Rae.

In lieu of flowers, Tom requested that a memorial be made to the Onalaska United Methodist Church or to Eagle Crest North.

Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting the family at this time.



  1. Sue Balduzzi

    In 1969, my husband Bob met your dad on a Sunday afternoon at a house my husband was building and soon afterward Tom bought that house which became your home for many years. Melba and Tom became our friends and we went with other couples on vacation together. When I moved into Eaglecrest North our’s friendship was renewed. He was a wonderful man, father, husband and friend.

    • Kristen K Knox

      Thank you, Sue. We enjoyed that house and my parents treasured their friendship with you and Bob.


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