HILBERT L. KNIPPEL
Hilbert L. Knippel, age 86, of Faribault, died on Friday, February 19, 2010 at the Pleasant Manor Nursing Home, Faribault.
Memorial services will be held at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault, on Wednesday, February 24, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. with the Reverend Van C. Miller, officiating.
A memorial visitation will be held at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Wednesday for one hour prior to the services.
Hilbert L., the son of Herman and Helen (Streeck) Knippel was born on December 29, 1923 in Dodge Center. He served in the U. S. Coast Guard. He marred Vivian Unger on March 21, 1945 in Austin. They owned and operated the Knippel Resort on French Lake, Faribault for over 40 years.
He is survived by one son, Gary (and Sharon) Knippel of Bloomingdale, IL; five grandchildren, Robert Doherty, Donna Lugo, Mary Beck, Laura Russell and Jessie Schultz; eight great grandchildren, Joey, Tim and Kelli Lugo, Corey and Makayla Beck, Paige Doherty; Paige and Payton Schultz; two great great grandchildren, Riley and Isaac Lugo; and one sister, Helen Paulson of Dodge Center.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian; one son, Brian Knippel; one sister, Joyce Paulson; four brothers, Cliff, Charles, Floyd and Eugene Knippel; and his parents, Herman and Helen Knippel.
I was sorry to hear of Herb's passing, as I have many fond memories of him from my younger years. I remember him helping Howard Jones with merit badge and rank reviews for the West Concord Boy Scout Troup and especially on our campouts. I think he even went winter camping with us one time down by Rochester. I remember him liking the out doors and teaching us young boys to appreciate and respect it. I still enjoy the outdoors and for that I thank the Boy Scouts and men like Herb who were such a good roll model for us.
Gary & Sharon ~ Just learned today of Hilbert's death and want you to know that not only was he a great Dad, he was a wonderful friend. Our families go back so many years - back to the W C years and then Owatonna & then to the Lake which we all enjoyed because they were there. Mom & Dad so loved spending time in their trailer behind your folks cabin & the 4 of them had such good times. Talked with Georg Bruns tonite & asked him if he'd heard from Hilb & he shared the news of his passing. Please remember to cherish all the wonderful memories. With our sympathy, Laurel & Darrell
We went to your folks resort for many year with other friends from Wykoff. We sure did miss going to there resort when they didn't do it any more. We haven't been on a nice vacation like that sense. We sure had a good time. We stopped up to see them a couple of times after they stopped having the resort. Vivian gave me a tea cup that said Friends For Ever on. It didn't have a saucer with it but I sure remember her when I see that cup. I seen in the paper before she had passed away and was always wondering how he was doing. You and your family have our Deepest Symothay.
Gary and his family have my deepest sympathy. My parents (Howard and Ruth Ann Von Ruden) were good friends with Vivian and Hilbert. My Dad worked with Hilbert when they both worked for the breeding association. Even after they both moved on to other endeavors, they remained close friends. They often would get together to play cards, usually 500 and Vivian always called my Dad "Howie". My Dad would go fishing with Hilbert too. My Mom helped Vivian clean cabins for some years. I will alway have fond memories of them when I was growing up. I was not aware that Vivian had passed away and was sorry to hear of that also. My Dad passed away in 1990 and my Mom in 2006, so I had not had any contact with them. Please know I am saddened to hear of his passing. Carole (Von Ruden) Winters
Our thoughts and prayers are with Hilbert's family. We have many fond memories of Hilbert. He worked from sun up to sundown - was so devoted to his family and yet found the time to touch the lives of all around him. Having been a BSA Scoutmaster himself, Hilbert would assist us when we had our Scout Troop out at the Lake. When my Dad passed away in 1999 things at the lake would never be the same. That summer Hilbert saw that our youngest son was grieving that loss and just took him under his wing. That friendship grew into something so special. Our son Anthony learned so much and loved Hilbert's stories. Hilbert became an extension of our family. Hilbert will be so sadly missed by all who knew him - the soft spoken man with a big smile - the Icon of French Lake. Dave & Karen Hartman
I will always have the fondest of memories of Hilbert. From coming to the resort for vacations with my family in the early and mid 1970's, to buying a house behind the resort and becoming a resident in 2002. Hilbert always was a kind and gentle man. His constant smile and twinkle in his eyes, always put a smile on my face. I feel blessed to have known him and share many conversations and stories with him. I believe Hilbert was a true gift to all the were blessed to have known him. His presence and spirit will always be felt out here. Deepest Sympathies, Jeff Huffman
Our family spent many a wonderful time with Vivian and Hilb at the resort. My father (Gary Cain)did a lot of fishing with Hilb and they were very good friends. Hilb was pallbearer at my father's funeral exactly 49 years to the day that Hilb passed away. Hopefully there is fishing in heaven and the two friends are "angling" together once again. My mother, Jeanette (Cain) Sigrist plans on giving a memorial in Hilb's name to the West Concord Historical Society. Our family extends our condolences and best wishes to Gary Knippel and the rest of Hilb's family.
Gary I am truly sorry to read about the death of your father. I will remind you we were in high school together. Please except my sympathy in this time of your loss, May God bless you at this time of your loss. Sincerly Janice Derby Roesler
I have so many wonderful childhood memories of my Uncle Hilb. I'll never forget when he explained his job to me at the Midwest Breeders Association. OMG!!! We were always so happy to go visit them in West Concord when they lived right next to the Clayton Bishop family. Aunts, Uncle and cousins from both sides!!! When they bought the resort we always had tons of fun!! Gary & Brian always looked after us little kids not to drown. We got to swim, take out the boats, and in winter snowmobile and ice fish. Uncle Hilb even had us kids count minnows one time. I wanted to run the Store when I grew up. I remember when we were home on leave from Germany and my son, Ryan got to go fishing with Uncle Hilb and Grandpa Ben Unger. Ryan got to be a true fisherman!!!!We Loved going to the Resort!! Jim & I were so glad to see Uncle Hilb in August. We talked for a long time. We will sure miss him. He, Aunt Vivian and Brian and my brother Dan are together with our Heavenly Father. Our Sympathy& Love to all the Family Jim & Lynn Gardner(nee:Unger) Tucson, AZ
I have memories of walking to the resort many times each summer to get candy. Mr. & Mrs. Knipple were very sweet people who enjoyed seeing our family every year. They always knew that we were part of the Hill clan and they remembered our family well. We have missed the resort for the past several years. My son would be the 3rd generation of children who walked to the resort to get candy. The Knipple's were good people who have been missed these past years and will continue to be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family.
To the Hilbert Knippel Family, We are sorry to hear of the loss of a French Lake icon. Those of us how live on the lake full time or part time or only just visited the lake will miss him. He was a such a nice person and a great gentleman. If he met you once, he would remember you and your family and even your dog's name. We remember him as such a hard worker, but would take the time to stop and visit with you. He will be missed. Sorry we cannot be there with you as you say good bye. However he will be in our prayers. Our Sympathy, Ed and Eve Zahratka
I have good memories of time spent at the lake fishing or swiming. Your dad will be missed. I willkeep your family in prayer. Allen Salveson
My deepest sympathy to the family. I have so many wonderful memories of being at the lake and staying at the resort for so many years. Every summer the kids and I stayed for years and visited in-between. I will always fondly remember those years. I remember him always working but always stopped to say HI and ask how you were. He came to my aunt's funeral in June and it was so great to see him. I know he is now at peace and with Vivian, Brian and the rest of his family. God Bless Darlene
I was right across the hall from Vivian at the nursing home. I was a treat to have visited with Hilbert many times. He was always so kind and it was obvious how much he cared about his wife. He knew many of our family members since they were long-time Shieldsville Township residents. He liked to visit about the area and the people who lived near the resort. It saddened me to hear of his passing. Please know that Bill, Mary, Nathan & Breannca Bussert are blessed to have known him.
In November of 2004 we purchased the home right to the East of Hilbert and Vivian. We had the extreme pleasure of getting to know them both and their son Brian. When Vivian passed away, something very special was lost in Hilbert. We could see that he still had his playful, boyish humor and remained strong for Brian, however that did not last long after Brian passed. Hilbert always remembered the names of our children and Rudy and I would love to visit him at his home and nursing home and bring him food and desert and talk about the "good old days" of his youth. Rudy would get Hilbert to laugh again and Hilbert would touch our hearts each time. He could call us and we could call him and it was as if we were right there in Minnesota again with him. Last May Hilbert made a special trip to our Lake home for our 25 year anniversary and it was so good to see him still driving and enjoying the outdoors! We will miss Hilbert so much and express our deepest condolences to his son Gary and Sharon and the remaining grandchildren whom he loved and spoke of often. Rest in peace, friend. Love, Misty and Rudy Henninger