MANSFIELD -- Murel John "Fred" Knipp Jr., 76, of Madison Township, died Sunday, May 28, 2006. 

He peacefully passed away at home with Ma Knipp and his children by his side after a long illness. 

Murel was born Dec. 4, 1929, in Olive Hill, Ky., to John and Angeline "Lina" Moak Knipp Sr. 

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Cavalry Division and stationed in Guam with the 7th Truck Transportation Unit. 
He was an avid outdoorsman and gardener, a city employee of Mansfield Water Department, owner/operator of his own trucks 
and subcontracted with General Highway Express, a member of the Carpenters Union and was hard to beat at checkers. 

Survived by "mom", Kathleen Knipp of Mansfield; three sons, Kerry Knipp of St. Louis, Mo., John Knipp and Billy (Mindy) Knipp, both of Mansfield; 
six daughters, Elizabeth (Paul) Stamper, Sally Ewasko, Rebecca (Charles) Jones, Mary Simmering, Lisa Knipp, and Pamela, all of Mansfield; 
numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; five generations of numerous great nieces and nephews, family, friends, 
and loved ones by whom he will be sadly missed by all. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his No. 1 son, Murel "Knippy" Allen Knipp; seven brothers, Denville, George, Earl, Allen, Cecil, 
Clyde and Tom; and two sisters, Mary Lillian Powell and Rebecca Maxine Stamper. 

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 1, at Werner Funeral Services, 175 W. 3rd St., Mansfield. 
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, June 2, at the funeral home, conducted by Pastor Michael Rogers and Minister James Davis. 
Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery with full military honors by Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of Werner Funeral Services. 

Submitted by: Linda Cheeks Pittano

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