Funeral services for George Knepper, 95 year old lifetime Buffalo resident who passed away Friday in Buffalo, will be held Saturday, December 8th at 11:00 a.m. from the Adams Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo with Reverend John Dyce officiating. Visitation will be held from the funeral home chapel on Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Willow Grove Cemetery with graveside services to follow the funeral. Donations in Mr. Knepper’s memory may be made to the Jim Gatchell Museum or the St. Francis Animal Shelter in care of the Adams Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.
George William Knepper was born on January 8, 1917 in Buffalo to John G. and Eva (Kaltenbach) Knepper. He attended Buffalo schools and graduated from Johnson County High School in 1935. He attended the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School on a track scholarship and graduated in 1939. Upon graduation he moved to Chicago where he met the love of his life, Suzanne Guyton and they married on May 3, 1941. George was called to active duty by the U.S. Army and served during World War II in Iceland, France and Germany. He remained in Germany after the war as part of the Allied occupation to help establish the new German government. He returned home to his bride and met, for the first-time, his three and half year old son, John.
George and Suzanne returned to Buffalo to make their home. George took over J.G. Knepper Electric, the business his father had founded. He started Ewing-Knepper TV and Radio. He bought an interest in the local Central Garage which was the Chrysler and American Motors dealership as well as International Harvester. He later became involved in real estate which continued long after his retirement from the retail business.
George loved his home town and labored to help it grow. George was very involved, among others, in getting the I-90 and I-25 interchange located near Buffalo. He also served on the city council, was a Shriner, a Mason and a Rotarian. Because of Rotary, the Knepper home was host to many exchange students throughout the years. George played a large part in getting the skateboard site established in the city park. He advocated diligently and successfully for the kids. He and Suzanne also adopted many animals over the years and provided them with a loving home.
George doted on his family and took an active interest in his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will be sorely missed by his whole family.
George is survived by his wife of 71 years, Suzanne of Buffalo; three sons, Dr. John Knepper and his wife Helen of Sheridan, Wyoming, Reverend Bill Knepper and his wife Sue of Centralia, Washington, and Dan Knepper and his wife Debbie of Lewistown, Montana; one daughter Pam James and her husband Ben of Fort Collins, Colorado; a special cousin that was raised in his family as a sister, Helen Marton of Buffalo; ten grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Dorothea Knepper.