The Rushville Times, week of August 1, 1977
 
TWO MEN KILLED IN CRASH EARLY MONDAY MORNING

  Two persons were killed and one injured in a truck-motorcycle accident early Monday morning on Route 100 two miles east of Frederick.
  Both riders of the motorcycle were killed.  They were Robert Knous, 30, of Beardstown and Michael Bollinger, 23, of rural Browning.  Driver of the truck, Donald Pratt, Jr., 26, of Beardstown, was injured and brought to Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.

  The accident occurred about 12:45 a.m. when the eastbound truck collided with the westbound motorcycle.  It was not determined which man was driving the motorcycle.
  According to police the two vehicles collided head on and all three men were thrown from the vehicles which caught fire and burned.

  Schuyler Coroner Fred Green states that an inquest is pending and will be scheduled in near future.

  Funeral services for Bollinger were held on Wednesday at Central Christian church in Browning with the Rev. James Cook officiating.  Burial was in Browning cemetery.  Worthington funeral home was in charge of arrangements.  Services for Knous were held on Wednesday morning at Northcutt funeral home in Beardstown and burial was in the Beardstown city cemetery.

  Bollinger was born in Beardstown February 16, 1954, a son of Richard Wayne and Dora J. Bollinger.

  Surviving are his parents of rural Browning; two brothers, Wendell and Rick, both of Beardstown; two sisters, Mrs. Bruce (Anita) Mercer of Vermont and Miss Melanie at home; paternal grandparents, Herschel and Mildred of Browning, and maternal grandfather, Joseph Young of Morrison, Oklahoma.

  He was a graduate of Rushville High School and attended United Electronics college in Louisville, KY.  He was employed by Burlington Northern Railroad.

  Memorials may be made to Culbertson Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Rushville.

  Knous was born in Beardstown on June 7, 1947, the son of Charles and Verna Knous.  He married Candace Ransom in beardstown December 27, 1966.  She survives.  Also surviving are his parents of Beardstown; four children, Annette, 9, Robbie, 6, Nickie, 5 and Chad 2 all at home; and one sister Mrs. Bernice Mathis of Beardstown.



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