WINSLOW – Robert “Gunny” L. Knox, 63, a resident of Nowell Road, died peacefully Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008, at Togus Medical Center, Augusta, after a brief battle with cancer. He was born May 25, 1945, in Norfolk, Va. He was adopted and raised by Robert and Ruby (Dunn) Knox of Augusta, Ga. Bob served in the Marine Corps from 1962 to 1976. He completed three tours of duty in Vietnam, one with the 1st Battalion, 9th Marines. A unit known as “The Walking Dead.” He was awarded the Bronze Star and attained the rank of gunnery sergeant when honorably discharged. Bob worked for Southern Railway, Augusta, Ga., as switchman before relocating to Vermont in 1978. He then worked 10 years for Canadian Pacific Railway as a conductor and brakeman, until their station closed. For the next 16 years, he worked as a home health aide for Rutland Area Visiting Nurses of Vermont providing hospice care. At the age of 50, Bob enrolled as a freshman at Castleton State College, Vt. In May 1998, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work. Bob relocated to Maine and went on to earn his master of social work from the University of New England – Biddeford, in May 1999. Upon graduation he went to work for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at the Lewiston Veterans’ Center as a readjustment and guidance counselor. His “Marine Corps” Esprit the Corps was not just a saying. Bob was an example of its meaning when helping the area’s veterans and families. He retired in 2005. Bob was a quiet man who loved his family, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed boating, fishing, watching NASCAR and listening to country music. He was a lifetime member of Winslow VFW, MacCrillis-Rousseau, Post No. 8835 and a member of Waterville American Legion. Bob will be sadly missed by his wife, Morgan (Sonesen) Knox; his daughter, Tina and her husband, Ken Blay, of St. Johnsbury, Vt.; his two sons, Rob and his wife, Heather, of Flushing, Ohio, and Daniel Knox of Lyndonville, Vt.; stepson, Clint and his wife, Tawna-Marie English, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; his grandchildren, Joshua, Garrett, Teagan, Mackenzie and Austin; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Richard and Czarina (Robles) Sonesen of Amherst; extended family and friends. Visiting hours will be 10 a.m.-noon Monday, Aug. 25, in the Adams Chapel at Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan. Funeral services with full Marine honors will be conducted 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, at the new Maine Veterans’ Cemetery Chapel, Mount Vernon Road, Augusta. Pastor Rick Menard of New Beginnings Christian Church, St. Johnsbury, Vt., will be officiating. Those who desire may make contributions in Bob’s memory to Disabled American Veterans at Togus, P.O. Box 3151, Augusta, ME 04330. Condolences and comfort may be sent to Bob’s wife, Morgan, and family at 455 Nowell Road, Winslow, ME 04901.