James Robert Knippel, 77, fell asleep in Jesus Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in River Falls, Wis. with his daughter, Jayme and his wife, Carol by his side, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Jim was born in Colfax Nov. 10, 1940, to Irene Price and Robert Edwin Knippel. He was Baptized and Confirmed and grew up on the family farm in rural Colfax with his sisters, Ellie (Dick) Panek and Linda (Bill) Monroe. Like many growing up on the farm in those days, he loved horses, was proud of showing pigs at the Wisconsin State Fair and learned a lot about life and hard work with the daily chores.
On April 15, 1961, Jim married Janice Marie Brunn and together they had three children, Robert James (Mary Beth) of Waukesha, Susan Kay Knegendorf (best friend Scott Spilde) of Spring Valley, Jayme Lynn Pax (Eric) of Baldwin. Jim counted among his many blessings his six grandchildren, Michael Pax, Thomas Knegendorf, Adam Knegendorf, Corey Pax, Emily Knippel, Tyler Knippel; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Jim married Carol Morgan in 1991, and added to his family, Carol’s son, Mike; and grandsons, Jon and Matt Morgan. Jim loved to hunt, enjoyed camping with Carol, and didn’t miss an opportunity to be at the many special events of his grandchildren. He will be missed!
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 5, at 11 a.m. at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 545 Apollo Rd., River Falls, Wis. You may greet the family from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Jim’s grandchildren will serve as honorary Pall Bearers. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.