Kenneth C. Knip, of DeMotte, passed away on October 16, 2021 at 62 years old.
Kenneth was born on March 3, 1959 in Rensselaer, Indiana to Cornelius ‘Neal’ and Thelma (DeFries) Knip. Kenny graduated from Kankakee Valley High School with the class of 1977. He married the love of his life, Wanda Stilley, on March 2, 1985 at Community Bible Church in DeMotte, Indiana. Kenny started supporting his family by driving his own 3 semi-trucks. After selling his trucks, he drove for Walstra’s for 17 years. He later became a welder by trade at Knip Welding, continuing the family business his father had created. When business at the shop was slow or he needed a break, he would continue to drive for Walstra’s and Top Line Trucking part-time.
Kenny was an active and dedicated member of Community Bible Church where he served as a deacon, elder, and Sunday School superintendent. On Sunday afternoons, he liked meandering down backroads to Rensselaer to enjoy an ice cream cone. He loved watching old Westerns, especially Gunsmoke or anything with Clint Eastwood. He loved chopping firewood and playing his mandolin. When not at work welding or at home with his family, he could often be found at several local restaurants nursing a cup of coffee and enjoying a slice of pie, usually around 3:00 p.m.
Kenny is survived by his loving family, including his wife Wanda, children: Amy (Alex) Van Vuren of Crown Point, Brian (Nikki) Knip of Brownsburg, Cari (Ben) Postma of Hebron, 2 grandchildren and one on the way, sister Ruth Ann (Bud) Koeppen of Hobart, sister-in-law Ruth (Marty) Knip of Michigan, and many nieces and nephews.
Kenny was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers: Alan and Marty Knip, and his cousin who was like a brother, Dave Fagenbaum.
Friends are invited to visit with the family as we Celebrate Kenny’s Life from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 30, 2021, at Community Bible Church, DeMotte. Services for Ken will take place at 11:00 a.m. at the church on Saturday, October 30, 2021, with Pastor Rodney Tolleson officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested for Community Bible Church’s Operation Christmas Child.