2017-07-13 / Obituaries

Louis Herman Knipstein Jr.

Graveside services for Louis Knipstein Jr., 89 of Lexington and formerly of Giddings, were held on Friday, July 7, 2017 at the Lexington Cemetery in Lexington, Texas with Rev. Leif Hasskarl officiating. Military honors were provided by American Legion Post 6.

Louis Herman Knipstein Jr. was born on September 8, 1927 in Giddings, Texas to Louis Charles and Lena Alma (Roemer) Knipstein. He served our country in the Army during World War II. Louis married Jessie “Deckie” Quinney on August 13, 1950 in Lexington. Louis was a carpenter by trade and owned Knipstein Cabinets. He served on the Lexington City Council from April 1984 until May 1989 when he was elected Mayor of Lexington and served from May 1989 until May 1996. He was a member of multiple car clubs, American Legion Post 6, the Lexington Chamber of Commerce, and was president of the Lexington Cemetery Association. Louis assisted in building a church in Brazil and served as a deacon at First Baptist Church. He loved working with his hands by building his own boat and skis, restoring old cars, working on clocks, and using his carpenter skills to make many different wooden items. He also enjoyed sports, especially baseball. He even tried out with the St. Louis Cardinals. Most of all, he enjoyed sitting under the old tree at his house and spending time with his family and friends.

Louis passed away at his home the afternoon of Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

Louis was preceded in death by his parents; son, Neal Knipstein; brother and sister-in-law, James “Muddle” and Mary Sue Knipstein, and Mother-in-law and Father-in-law, Myrtle and Ernest Quinney.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jessie “Deckie” Knipstein of Lexington; one daughter, Tana Renfroe and her husband, Ned of Lexington; one brother, Raymond Knipstein and his wife, Becky of Austin; one brother-in-law, Ernest Quinney and his wife, Elaine of Lexington, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

Memorials may be made to the Lexington American Legion Post 6, P.O. Box 94, Lexington, Texas 78947, the Lexington Cemetery Association, PO Box 4, Lexington, Texas 78947 or to the charity of one’s choice.

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