Fred Allen Knipling
March 25, 1934 – July 22, 2019
Fred Allen Knipling, 85, of Port Lavaca, passed away on July 22, 2019. Fred was born in Port Lavaca to Fred H. and Esther Wehmeyer Knipling on March 25, 1934. He married Irene Ann Konrad on June 27, 1959 in Port Lavaca. He worked as a banker for over 40 years. Fred went to work for First State Bank and Trust Company in 1958, working there for 36 years, and then went to work for First National Bank in 1994 until retirement in 1998, where he continued on as a member of the Board of Directors until 2017. He proudly served in the US Army for 2 years stationed in Germany and after being discharged continued to serve in the Army Reserves for 6 years. He was a dedicated, lifelong member of Salem Lutheran Church. He believed strongly in giving back to the community and was very involved in many community services and organizations. Among the many awards and recognitions he received over the years, he was most proud of receiving the VFW Post 4403 "Citizen of the Year" Award twice; the Chamber of Commerce "Man of the Year" Award; the Chamber of Commerce "One of the 25 Most Influential People in Calhoun County for the Past 100 Years"; and the United Way "Fred Knipling Spirit of Caring" Award, which was created and named in his honor in 2012. Fred was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish and hunt, and was a country boy at heart who enjoyed farming and raising cattle. Fred is preceded in death by his parents; Irene, his wife of 46 years; and his brother, Charles Henry. He is survived by his daughter, Kristel Knipling of Port Lavaca; and his brother, Samuel Knipling of Portland, Oregon. Visitation will be held from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday, July 25, 2019, at Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10am on Friday, July 26, 2019, at Salem Lutheran Church with Pastor Sharon Wiggins officiating. Burial will follow at the Port Lavaca Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bill Sturm, David Hahn, David Roberts, Joe Machicek, Eugene Hall, and Bert Hall. Honorary pallbearers will be Thomas Loessin, Lori Paul, Doris Mills, Bobby Hahn, Bobby Meeks, and the Directors of First National Bank. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Salem Lutheran Church for Clothing God's Children or Repair Fund.
- Bill Sturm
- David Hahn
- David Roberts
- Joe Machicek
- Eugene Hall
- Bert Hall
- Thomas Loessin, Honorary Pallbearer
- Lori Paul, Honorary Pallbearer
- Doris Mills, Honorary Pallbearer
- Bobby Hahn, Honorary Pallbearer
- Bobby Meeks, Honorary Pallbearer
- Directors of First National Bank, Honorary Pallbearer
- Salem Lutheran Church for Clothing God's Children or Repair Fund
- Visitation Thursday, July 25, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, July 26, 2019
Fred Allen Knipling
July 24, 2019
Mr Knipling was one of the first people I met when I came to work in Port Lavaca 16 years ago and you would have thought he knew me my entire life. He made me feel so welcomed and NEVER walked in to the funeral home without seeing if I was there or giving me a hug. He was the sweetest man and as good as gold. I was beyond blessed to have known him and will miss seeing his beautiful smile. Praying for peace and comfort to Kristal and other family and friends.
July 24, 2019
A good man. Trustworthy and honest. He loved to hunt hogs with us at night. We spot lighted them at the rice fields that we grew near Coloma Creek. He would really get excited when we would spot some. He loved to hunt and fish. His father in law, Emil Konrad loved to hunt also. Fred learned quickly like the rest of us to give Emil plenty of room when he had a shot gun as he would pepper you if you were to close. Not on purpose, but just when he got to excited and the birds got between you and him. Good memories. We will all miss Fred.