Harry W. ‘Knippy’ Knipmeyer

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Harry W. “Knippy” Knipmeyer, 93, of Blackburn, passed away Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at Tiffany Springs Rehabilitation Center in Kansas City.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Blackburn, with Pastor Andy Mockridge officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 to 11 a.m. prior to the service on Wednesday. Burial with military rites will be in Blackburn Cemetery. Pallbearers are Jerry Knipmeyer, Donnie Knipmeyer, Terry Knipmeyer, Bennie Kirchhoff, John Purdy, Matt Listhartke, Bill Kellerman and Jacob Knipmeyer. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in care of Campbell Lewis Funeral Home, or to Tieman-Blackburn American Legion Post No. 478. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.

Born Oct. 24, 1924, in Keytesville, he was the son of the late Edward L. Knipmeyer and Gladys Williams Knipmeyer. Harry graduated from Alma High School in 1942. On Aug. 3, 1944, he entered the U.S. Navy, where he served as a gunner on several ships in the Pacific Theater. In 1948, Harry opened “Knipmeyer’s Skelly Service” in Blackburn. A few years later, wedding bells on May 27, 1951, were heard when he married Elsie Powers, and together they served the Blackburn business community by running school buses, the station and tank wagon services.

Harry also served the community as mayor of Blackburn for many years and was instrumental in the plans and completion of the water system. He was also the first “fire chief” of Blackburn, developing and training many volunteers in his 20 years serving as “chief.” Harry was an active member on the church council at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. He was an active lifetime member and once served as commander of Tieman-Blackburn American Legion Post No. 478.

He is survived by his wife, Elsie, who resides at Tiffany Springs Rehabilitation Center, Kansas City; two daughters, Debbie Carter and husband Rick of Boyce, La., and Donna Yaeger and husband David of Kansas City; one granddaughter, Ashley Listhartke and husband Matt of Kansas City; and several nieces and nephews.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Robert E. Knipmeyer; and one sister, Oretta Ness.