OTTOVILLE — George J. Knippen, 85, of Ottoville died at 7:56 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2014 surrounded by his wife of 58 years and all his children at Sarah Jane Living Center, Delphos.

He was born Nov. 22, 1928 in Ottoville to the late George and Caroline (Miller) Knippen, Sr. On Sept. 10, 1955 he married Jeanette Smith, who survives in Ottoville.

Also surviving are his children, Janice (Charles) Pohlman of Delphos, Karen (Dennis) Ricker of Ottoville, Debra (Timothy) Verhoff of Kalida, Doneta (Rex) Free of Panama City Beach, Florida, Kevin (Cindy) Knippen of Ottoville, Michael (Jackie) Knippen of Ottoville and Rita (Patrick) Klosterman of Brookville; a sister: Margaret Hesseling of Delphos; 19 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren with one on the way.

George is preceded in death by five sisters, Sister Mary Berchmans, Sister Mary Clara, Agnes Kehres, Lucille Pohlman and Sister Vita; four brothers, Father Carl Knippen, Sylvester Knippen, William Knippen, Sr. and Joseph Knippen.

George was a self-employed dairy farmer. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville where he was a member of the parish council and had been an usher. He served as the director for the Farmers Mutual Aid Association and was a former member of the Delphos Knights of Columbus.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 3, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville with Father Jerome Schetter officiating. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville.

Arrangements were handled by Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Putnam County Hospice or the charity of the donor’s choice.

story created on Friday 5/2/2014 at 8:17:00 am by Jane Hilty