He was born Nov. 22, 1928 in
Ottoville to the late George and Caroline (Miller) Knippen, Sr. On
Sept. 10, 1955 he married Jeanette Smith, who survives in Ottoville.
surviving are his children, Janice (Charles) Pohlman of Delphos, Karen
(Dennis) Ricker of Ottoville, Debra (Timothy) Verhoff of Kalida, Doneta
(Rex) Free of Panama City Beach, Florida, Kevin (Cindy) Knippen of
Ottoville, Michael (Jackie) Knippen of Ottoville and Rita (Patrick)
Klosterman of Brookville; a sister: Margaret Hesseling of Delphos; 19
grandchildren and four great-grandchildren with one on the way.
is preceded in death by five sisters, Sister Mary Berchmans, Sister
Mary Clara, Agnes Kehres, Lucille Pohlman and Sister Vita; four
brothers, Father Carl Knippen, Sylvester Knippen, William Knippen, Sr.
and Joseph Knippen.
George was a self-employed dairy farmer. He
was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville where
he was a member of the parish council and had been an usher. He served
as the director for the Farmers Mutual Aid Association and was a former
member of the Delphos Knights of Columbus.
Mass of Christian
Burial was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 3, at Immaculate
Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville with Father Jerome Schetter
officiating. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville.
Arrangements were handled by Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Putnam County Hospice or the charity of the donor’s choice.
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