Just thought I'd drop a line to mention that I am one of many Knechtel's that descended from Knechtel's that immigrated to Wisconsin.
My father is William P Knechtel (wife Karen) and my grandfather is George Knechtel (wife Phyllis). I believe it was either my grandfather's father or grandfather who came over from Germany.My grandfather was one of four kids (Stanley, Howard, Gladys).
I grew up mostly in Washington State, lived in California after HS where I went to college, grad school in Chicago and then moved to NYC where I work in Investments. Coincedentally, my father's secretary while living in California was a Knechtel (from Ontario Knechtels) who didn't pronounce the "K".