Mr. Kniepkamp worked as a commercial salesman for Illini Supply in Decatur, Illinois, before his retirement. He was a University of Illinois master gardener, and a member of the Henry White Experimental Farm near Millstadt, IL. Donald was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Carmen Grace, nee Rodriguez, Kniepkamp, whom he married on February 6, 1954, and who died April 10, 2007; his parents, Arnold H. and Helen, nee Klamm, Kniepkamp; and two sisters, Edith Kircher and Mildred Wiechert.
Surviving are two sons, Keith (Suzette) Kniepkamp of Swansea, IL,
and David (Barbara) Kniepkamp of Fairview Heights, IL;
three grandchildren, Alison and Eric Kniepkamp,
and Suzanne (Daniel) Rice;
a niece, Sue (Jen Sommers) Hagman;
and a nephew Curtis (Jean) Wiechert.
Memorials may be made to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday July 10, 2016 at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL
Funeral: Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 11, 2016 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL with Rev. Brian Robison officiating.
Burial with military honors will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL.
I want to offer my condolences on the passing of your father.
Tim Buchanan, Swansea, Illinois, 62226
Please accept my sincere sympathy at the passing of your dad. What a kind gentleman.
Dorothy Ovelgoenner, Glen Carbon, IL, 62034
Just learned of Don’s passing today since I am currently out of the area. Had the good fortune of meeting and working with this fine gentleman at the Henry White Farm and admired him for his gardening knowledge and his dedication to the chores at hand. I realize I knew only a small measure of the full life that he enjoyed. To his family and friends: Please accept my condolences.
Jan Billhartz, Fairview Heights, IL, 62208