L. Leroy Knipp, 83, of Defiance, passed away on Friday, February 8, 2013, at the CHP Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center, Defiance, OH.
He was born on October 16, 1929, to William and Clara (Rettig) Knipp in Henry Co., OH. Leroy worked as a laborer for Brown's Bakery, retiring in 1992. On June 5, 1949, he married Sarabell Hammon, who survives.
He was a member of Grace Bible Church, Defiance.
Leroy is survived by his loving spouse Sarabell, of Defiance, OH; four sons, David (Becky) Knipp of Davidson, NC, Tom (Beth) Knipp of Defiance, OH, Gary Knipp of Defiance, OH, and Jan (Roxie) Knipp of Continental, OH; two daughters, Diane (Tom) Trochim of Hendersonville, NC, and Laurie (Mark) Eitniear of Pioneer, OH; a sister-in-law, Carmen Knipp of Holgate, OH; and 15 grandchildren, four step grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 17 step great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Labon, Claire, Orrin and Ross Knipp, and a brother in infancy; and two sisters, Wilma Horstman, and Ruth Bostelman.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 11, 2013, at 2 p.m. in Grace Bible Church, Defiance OH, with Rev. Dr. John McKay officiating. Burial will take place in the Riverview Memory Gardens.
Memorials are suggested to Grace Bible Church. Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be given at www.HCSFuneralHome.com.