Joseph W. Knepper

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Joseph W. Knepper, 85, of Belleville, IL, born January 22, 1936, in Breese, IL, died Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at Cedarhurst of Shiloh, Shiloh, IL.

Mr. Knepper was a custodian at Belle Valley School, Belleville, IL, before his retirement. Joe was a proud member of the IMRF.

He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 60 years, Carolyn M., nee Bruce, Knepper, whom he married December 26, 1953, and who died on November 21, 2013; a daughter, Deanne M. George; his parents, Albert H. and Mary M., nee Pfeiffer, Knepper; a sister in infancy, Caroline Marie Knepper; and a brother, Cordell Knepper.

Surviving are two sons and a daughter, Debra K. (Michael) Pensoneau of Mascoutah, IL, Wm. Dennis (Annette) Knepper of Belleville, IL, and Douglas A. (Victoria) Knepper of St. Libory, IL;
a son-in-law, Aaron George of Belleville, IL;
12 grandchildren;
14 great-grandchildren;
a brother-in-law;
two sisters-in-law;
and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff of Cedarhurst of Shiloh and Heartland Hospice for their love, care and kindness over the past few years.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 10, 2021, and 9 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at the funeral home with Fr. Paul Weinhoff officiating.  Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


6 Comments on Joseph W. Knepper

Jeff & Jackie Bretsch said : Guest Report May 11, 2021 at 8:03 AM

So sorry for your loss. Our condolences to your family.

  • St. Charles
  • MO
Cheyenne phillips said : Guest Report May 10, 2021 at 10:07 PM

Always brightened my day. ❤️ Condolences to the family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Kenneth and Phyllis Haas said : Guest Report May 08, 2021 at 7:46 PM

Will greatly miss your dad, as he was very much like a brother to Walter, such good friends are rare. Our best to all of his family Kenny and Phyllis Haas

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Jim and Nancy Rosborg said : Guest Report May 08, 2021 at 5:24 PM

My sympathies goes out to the family. Joe and I developed our friendship in 1972 when I started teaching at Belle Valley School. He provided me many laughs. Bill Porzukowiak and I loved to tease Joe and vice-versa. Joe loved my children. They loved to talk to Joe when I worked nights in my classroom. He will be missed. May the strength of family and friends be with the family at this time and always.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Gary L. Cox said : Guest Report May 07, 2021 at 5:59 AM

My sympathies and condolences to the Knepper family. I remember Joe well from the Belle Valley days having cut grass in the summer months when I was in high school. Joe was well liked. R.I.P.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Kathy Tiedemann said : Guest Report May 06, 2021 at 10:57 AM

Dennis and the entire Knepper Family. I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad, Joe always kept my job interesting and fun. I know he will be sadly missed by many, including me. Always remember the great times and keep your memories close to your heart!

  • Illinois

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