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Lee William Kneip

August 19, 1936 ~ June 26, 2022 (age 85)


Lee William Kneip, 85, passed away peacefully at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Appleton on Sunday, June 26, 2022.

Lee was born, the second of nine and eldest son, on August 19, 1936, to the late Norman and Agnes (Gehrman) Kneip in Appleton, WI. He was a Korean War Veteran having served in both the Army and Navy.  After leaving the service, he moved to Milwaukee and spent 30 years with Sears, Roebuck and Co.  An amateur skydiver, he made three jumps – his first to celebrate his 50th birthday.

Lee joined the military as early as possible to make room in the house for his family. That’s how he was born in August 1936 and is classified as a Korean war veteran. He has been at sea in the South Pacific. Lee has landed on the deck of an aircraft carrier. He jumped the first time at 50 to push himself. He was a voracious reader.

Lee was always there for his family. He buried 4 children but prayed to them every day. Lee never lost his Faith. He was a man of great character and has returned home.

In his later years, he enjoyed reading, playing Sheepshead, supporting the Brewers and Packers, and watching westerns, musicals, and classic films.  Many hours were spent sharing stories of growing up with his many siblings.

He is survived by his son James (Mandi); grandson Aaron; sisters Barbara Kunstman, Mary (the late Paul) Foegen, Janice “Cookie” Taylor, Ann Mewshaw, and Jill (Gary) Lallensack; and brother Chris.  Lee is reunited in Heaven with his parents; sons Gregory and Timothy; daughters Kimberly and Rebecca; sister Lynne Satterlee; and brother Michael.

Mandi became his sixth child. Because he loved her as much as I’ve ever seen him love anyone, and she, him - she was with him completely to the very end. Thank you, Mandi, for all you did for our father.

Lee will be laid to rest at a private, family service at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Dad I could hear you the second you went home. I was sad about missing our constant conversations but the instant you left - we were talking again. Thank you for giving me Your Faith.


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