2017-01-05 / Obituaries

Rudy Erich Knippa

Funeral services for Rudy Knippa, 91, of Lincoln, Texas, were held on Friday, December 23, 2016 at St. John Lutheran Church in Lincoln with Rev. Dale Bohm officiating.

Rudy Erich Knippa was born on February 28, 1925 in Loebau, Texas, the son of Emil Carl Knippa and Adele Alma (Woelfel) Knippa. He was baptized on March 22, 1925 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Fedor, Texas by Rev. Carl Durow and confirmed on April 10, 1938, also at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Fedor by Rev. Adolph Michalk. His confirmation verse was 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”. Rudy graduated from Giddings High School in 1942 and received his Associates of Arts Degree from Blinn College in 1955. He served in the United States Army from May 17, 1943 until receiving his Honorable Discharge on January 26, 1946. He obtained the rank of Sergeant and served in New Guinea and the Philippines during WWII.

Following his service in the military, Rudy worked in Kingsville for the Curtiss Candy Company and Celanese Chemical Plant before moving back to Fedor where he farmed. He started working at the Lincoln Post Office and became postmaster in October of 1960 and retired in 1990 after 30 years. Rudy was united in marriage to Jeanette Boriack Kelley on October 5, 1963 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings. He was an agent for Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Insurance and a lifetime member of the V.F.W. and Giddings American Legion York Post 276. Rudy was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church in Lincoln where he had served as treasurer, elder, member of the Board of Education and was a member of the Men’s Club. He was instrumental in creating the water system for Lincoln and was a board member and served as the manager for the Lincoln Water Supply system in the early 1970’s. Rudy was one of the first directors of the Lee County Wildlife Association and enjoyed playing skat and dominoes and had been the treasurer for the Lincoln Skat Club for several years.

Rudy passed away the morning of Tuesday, December 23, 2016 at Oakland Manor Nursing Center in Giddings.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Emil & Adele Knippa; his son, Lloyd Kelley; his grandson, Zackry Knippa and five brothers, E.C. Knippa, Jr. & his wife, Madeline, Eddie Knippa & his wife, Betty, Lawrence Knippa, Freddie Knippa & his wife, Ann, and James Knippa.

Rudy is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jeanette Knippa of Lincoln; three sons and daughters-in-law, Dale & Susan Kelley of Houston, Kim & Shari Knippa of Austin and Jon & Nancy Knippa of Manheim; six grandchildren, Lauren & Angela Kelley of College Station, Beth Logue & Chloe Schiener of Austin and Sydney & Liam Knippa of Manheim; one brother, Leroy Knippa & his wife, Delores of New Braunfels; one sister, Jane Schimank & her husband, Clarence of Fedor; three sisters-in-law, Betty Jo Knippa of Giddings, Lorine Proske & her husband, Lawrence of Lincoln and Irene Boriack of Lincoln; one brother-in-law, Richard Boriack & his wife, Evelyn of Lincoln, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

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