Kenneth Ray Kniffen

December 27, 1937August 2, 2021

Kenneth R. Kniffen, 83 of Greeley, Colorado, passed away August 2, 2021 at his home. Ken was born December 27, 1937, in South Dakota, to Harold and Pauline (Fyler) Kniffen. He married Sharon Leonard on August 5, 1957, in Lake Andes, South Dakota.

Ken lived in South Dakota until 1964 when he moved to Greeley. He graduated from Lake Andes High School in South Dakota where he excelled in basketball, football and baseball. Ken worked as a route sales man for Frito Lay for 36 years.

Ken enjoyed family gatherings, hard work, sports of all kinds including golf, bowling, fishing and pheasant hunting. He especially enjoyed the Bronco’s and the Rockies. He liked listening to music and winning in Blackhawk.

He is survived by his wife Sharon; sons Ken (Connie) Kniffen, and Keith (Cindy) Kniffen; daughter Julie (Joe) Tymkowych; sisters Charlotte Carda, and Claudette (Bob) Pesicka; sisters-in-law Lila (Denny) Dierks, Joan Kniffen, Polly Kniffen, Bev Kniffen; brother-in-law Verlin Leonard; grandchildren Chad (Kim) Tymkowych, Victoria (Greg) Cordova, Linsey (Cory) Walker, Travis (Krista) Kniffen, Ashley Kniffen and Kelsey Tymkowych; great-grandchildren Sammy, Ryder, Ayrienne, Maddox, Taytn, Zeke, Trajan and Wilder; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents; sister Lolly Thomson; brothers Sonny, Darold, Dean, Duane and Elmer Kniffen; sisters-in-law Linda Leonard and Germaine Kniffen; and brothers-in-law Ed Thomson and Ernie Carda.

Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Thursday, August 12, 2021 at Allnutt Funeral Service, Macy Chapel.

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  • Ken Kniffen, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Keith Kniffen, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Joe Tymkowych, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Chad Tymkowych, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Travis Kniffen, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Greg Cordova, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Cory Walker, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Ryder Tymkowych, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Maddox Tymkowych, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Sammy Walker, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Zeke Cordova, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Trajan Cordova, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Wilder Kniffen, Honorary Pallbearer


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    Thursday, August 12, 2021


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Rex & Elisa Ballard

August 12, 2021

Elisa and I haven’t been as fortunate as many, for we have only known “Snooks” for a relatively short time. Our daughter Krista married Ken’s grandson Travis in 2017.

Our first time meeting Ken, Sharon and the bulk of the Kniffen Clan was on Christmas Day 2016. Our Son-in-law to be had enlisted Elisa and me in a bit of trickery. He had told us that it was his intention to propose to our daughter on Christmas Day 2016, and he urged us to be there to share in the experience. However, he wanted our participation to be an added surprise for our Daughter.

The week before Christmas, our daughter, who had no idea what was afoot asked us to come to Greely, CO to meet the Kniffen family. We had concocted a story that we were going to spend Christmas in Florida in search of warmer weather.

On Christmas Day, we arrived in Denver and made our way out to Greely in the middle of a mini-blizzard and we shared in the great proposal,surprise. Our daughter was totally surprised and thrilled to see us. More importantly, Elisa remembers how welcome and invited that Ken and Sharon made us both feel. Although Ken and Sharon were preparing a Christmas feast for about 30 or more people they still found the time to welcome us and make us feel comfortable. Elisa and I both immediately knew that our Daughter was joining a family that was full of love.

Mike Pesicka

August 12, 2021

Sharon and family, we are so sorry for your loss and we will always have fond memories of Ken. Uncle Ken took me and my dad to our first NBA basketball game between the Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers back in the early 80s and I will never forget that. You are in our thoughts and prayers - Mike Pesicka and family.

Amy Vitale

August 11, 2021

Connie, Ken and family,

My heart is with you during this difficult time. May the happy memories carry you through. Everything I have ever heard about your Dad has made me smile - what a wonderful loving man. May he Rest In Peace.

Amy Vitale

John and Elaine Bustos

August 10, 2021

Dear Sharon and family,

We have nothing but incredible memories of time spent with Ken, and are so lucky to have known him! We are thinking of you and wishing you strength through this difficult time.

Brenda Nelson

August 10, 2021

To all of the Kniffen Family.

Our hearts go out to you during this time, we will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

We will cherish the memories Uncle Ken made possible for all of us to create.

Brenda Nelson

Georgia and Mike Savage

August 8, 2021

We were so sorry to hear of Ken's passing this past week. Ken was like another Grandfather to our kids - especially Joey. Your family will always be in our prayers. Cherish your wonderful memories. Know that he is in a much better place than all of us.

With our deepest sympathy.....

Rick Allnutt

August 5, 2021

Most of my memories go back to days at Greeley Central where he was a fixture at all of our sporting events. He was such a supporter of sports and could always be counted on to be seen in the stands!

Great memories and great friends!

Our love goes out to your family as you navigate this difficult time. His journey is over but his memory remains.

With much love,

Rick and Susan Allnutt

Mary Lou Schissler

August 5, 2021

Dear Sharon and family,

Sympathy to you and your family, you are in our thoughts and prayers
Gary/Mary Lou Schissler

Barb Pink-Revak

August 4, 2021


I am so very sorry for the loss of your kind father. I have many fond memories of the man I called "Mr. Chips", while working at Toddy's. On my way to punch in on the time-clock, I would make my way down the chip isle just to be able to say "Good Morning Mister Chips!" and in return I always received a big smile. His uplifting morning greetings always got my day off right. Often he would say "It's gonna be a good day." I would reply "Yes it is!"

Parents.... are the hardest to loose. Because they have always been there. May memories and the love of family and friends comfort you at this difficult time.

Barb Pink-Revak