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December 7, 2017 Donald Kenneth Knepp
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ARTICLE DESCRIPTION:

1931 - 2017

Donald Kenneth Knepp, 86, of Troy, Texas, formerly of Kalona, died Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, at Senior Care of Western Hills in Temple, Texas. Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at the Yoder-Powell Funeral Home in Kalona. Pastor Charles Johnson officiated. Burial was in the Sharon Hill Cemetery in Kalona with military rites by Charles Polton American Legion Post No. 427. A general memorial fund has been established.

Don was born Sept. 17, 1931, in Des Moines, Iowa. He was adopted into the loving home of Edwin and Lena (Yoder) Knepp and raised in the Kalona community. Don attended Boone rural school and Iowa Mennonite School where he was active in softball. While attending IMS he met the love of his life Minnie Gingerich. They were married on June 26, 1949 at her parents’ home. He was drafted into the Army and served for 21 years in the United States, Vietnam, Korea and Europe. Don and Minnie have three children, Mary Lee was born in Iowa, Kenneth was born in the Alaska Territory, and Rodney was born in France. After retiring from the Army he owned and operated a café in Keystone and later was a long haul truck driver. In his free time he enjoyed woodworking.

Don is survived by his loving wife: Minnie of 68 years; three children: Mary Lee Knepp of Troy, Texas, Kenneth Knepp of Dysart and Rodney Knepp of Anamosa; five grandchildren: Tiffany Hensley, Tim Hensley, David Knepp, Cody Parr and Megan Parr; three great-grandchildren: Blake White, Jonathan White and Caitlyn Hensley; and two great-great-grandchildren: Reighleigh and Brantly.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Yoder-Powell Funeral Home of Kalona assisted the family. www.powellfuneralhomes.com.

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