Donald C. Kneedler Jr.

July 11, 1935March 21, 2021

Chris Kneedler of Frisco, Texas passed away peacefully on Sunday March 21, 2021 at the age of 85 with his sons by his side.

Chris was born in Manila, Philippines in 1935 to Donald and Mary Kneedler. During WWII, he was interned with his family at Santo Tomas Internment Camp in Manila until freed in 1945. The family relocated to Hendersonville, NC, where he was active in the 4H Club where he learned about pig and dairy farming winning multiple awards.

Chris attended the University of Florida Gainesville where he met the love of his life and wife Palme. Upon graduation, they moved to Sherman, Texas where he began his professional career with Quaker Oats and began building a wonderful family with two sons.

After a few years in Texas, Chris relocated his family to Mexico City, Mexico, where they spent eight years and added to the family with two more sons. He received his Masters degree from the University of the Americas and continued to expand his career by working for Colgate Palmolive. In 1973, Chris and family moved to Penfield, NY to work for Xerox Corporation. Three years later, they returned to Mexico with Xerox. In 1979, the family returned to Penfield, NY area. Chris was very involved with his sons’ activities and participated heavily with the Boy Scouts of America both in Mexico and the US where he saw all of his sons reach the rank of Eagle Scout. Furthermore, he continued to be the number one cheerleader for his sons’ football, lacrosse, band and Boy Scout activities. In addition to his sons, he supported all of Palme’s concerts with the Penfield Community Orchestra.

During his years with Xerox, he had the opportunity to develop manufacturing facilities in Mexico, China and Brazil. Palme enjoyed traveling with him and sharing experiences.

Upon retirement, Chris and Palme moved back to Texas and settled in Corinth to spend wonderful time with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Once again, he shared his abundant love by attending every event which included soccer, band, choir, musical theater, graduations, weddings and countless other family activities. All this and yet he found quality time to play golf and sail with his sons. Chris was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Palme. He is survived by his sister, Kathy and his four sons, Donald, Stuart, Blake and Curtis; four wonderful daughters-in-law, Mary, Toni, Angie and Nichole; six grandchildren, Vanessa, Stephanie, Christina, Sarah, Jared and Alyssa; and six great-grandchildren, Colton, Natalie, Chandler, Christian, Jackson and Logan.

Anyone who knew Chris would know that he would be saying to all, “I highly recommend you raise a glass and toast the great time we had together!”

A memorial service followed by a reception will be held at Ted Dickey West Funeral Home, 7990 President George Bush Turnpike, Dallas, TX 75252 on April 11, 2021 at 11:00 am

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in honor of Chris Kneedler at: Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation.

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Allen Warner

April 11, 2021

Dear Kneedlers family
We would like to give our biggest sympathy to your beautiful family about your great loss of beloved Dad. He was very wise, loyal, also had Great impact strong influence in you and your life. He became a strong advocator for you to succeed all in order to become Eagle in Boy Scout! Back to our years ago in Penfield where we grew up in this great amazing neighborhood, I never forget that your dad opened with his big heart in love and opened this front door and saw me on the porch then he closed the door while I was still standing. But, I realized that he was teasing also laughing with me to close the door on and off so quickly. Because I frequently LOVE to visit your family who is my second closest family to me. Their hospitality was amazing for me and my family. It was similar experience for Don Kneedler III who did same thing to copy from his father when I was visiting him at his home in Delaware! What is a coincidence! My parents gathered together frequently with your parents and your sons for many kinds of activities like skiing, adventures, etc. It was one of my favorite memories. You may remember is that my parents took me and Doug to visit you all in Mexico City, Mexico for brief time. It was much fun and we were so THANKFUL for your generous Dad to invite all of us to come down. I am so very thankful that my wife and I had great chance to visit with you all in Texas few years ago with Stuart and Blake at the restaurant It was one of precious memories in our heart. It was a great reunion gathering together in love and had some great laughter too! One day, we will gather again. Because We will come back to Texas again when the time is right. May the Lord be with you and comfort your heart We will miss him. And now he is with his wife in Heaven together.
Allen and Ellen Warner
May the Lord comfort you and give you all strength! He can see your grieving in your heart and He comfort your heart. God is with

Donna Segars

April 11, 2021

I knew Chris from our Neighborhood in Frisco Lakes. He always had a smile on his face. He was friendly with everyone. Missed him when he moved. Thoughts and prayers to his family.

Donna Segars

Jeannine Watson

April 7, 2021

Chris was a gentlemen with great quips for every occasion. A true gentleman who was proud of his family, Chris had a great sense of humor as well as sage advice. I knew Chris through my friend Mary who was devoted to Chris is his last years. Expressions of deepest sympathy to the family of Chris Kneedler, a unique and interesting person who will be missed.

Linda Miller

March 30, 2021

Our condolences to the Kneedler family on the passing of Chris. We have such fond memories of the celebrations we shared as an extended family. The times we spent with Chris and Palme were always so enjoyable! And they raised four very fine young men. Sending our love to you all!

Mike Stein

March 30, 2021

I grew up with Chris's youngest sons, Blake and Curtis and lived two houses away. I considered Chris and Palme my second parents since I spent so much time at their house!

I especially looked forward to their annual Christmas parties. I could always count on Chris being warm and engaging, while nursing that Old Fashioned that was made in his living room bar.

There was always a lot of love in that house and it was very noticeable! RIP Mr. K and give Palme a hug for me!

Mike Stein

Donna Martino

March 29, 2021

All my love to this wonderful Kneedler family. Thankful for the time with Chris and all of you as a family extension. I am blessed with lots of terrific memories of laughing, teasing and talking business and travel with Chris. He was a caring man, full of love, great advice and consistently in the midst of the laughter. He will remain in my heart. Love to you all.