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Gary R. Knepper

Gary R. Knepper

October 19, 2017

Gary R. Knepper passed away peacefully while in his home on October 19, 2017, with all of his immediate family by his side.  He fought a long and courageous battle with cancer.  

Gary was born July 14, 1947 to his parents Edward and Patricia (Schwarzhoff) Knepper in La Crosse, WI.  His paternal grandparents were Hilary and Anna Knepper.  His maternal grandparents were George and Emma Schwarzhoff.  Gary was the oldest of 6 brothers; Joe, Bob, Jeff, Dave, and Steve.

Gary graduated High School in 1965 from Gale-Ettrick.  On September 2, 1967 he married his sweetheart Carla Ann Cram.  He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1969 with a comprehensive BS degree in business management.  He began his career with Moore Cooperation on March 9, 1970 as a Field Sales Representative.  He retired on December 1, 2000 from Moore Corp. as a Senior Sales Account Executive.

This past summer, Gary and his wife Carla celebrated 50 years of marriage.  Gary loved to travel with his family.  He was a proud father of 4 and an active grandfather to 10 grandchildren.  Family was his number one priority. There were numerous trips to a special resort in Cancun called Moon Palace that the entire family cherished.   The family would play cards, sit by the pool, have some dynamite golf matches, and most importantly spend time as a family.  The family cherished and also joked around about the massive numbers of Kneppers (usually with their matching shirts) trying to find a table for 20+ or reserving all those chairs by the pool.  The nickname “The Machine” was affectionately given to the family in good spirit, meaning it was a huge being that had “a lot of working parts” and sometimes hard to gather up or come to a consensus.  There were countless questions from people on the plane, resort workers, bus drivers, and more as to “What does the machine stand for?”  Nobody minded explaining, because Gary was so proud of his family.  He loved to talk about how lucky he was to have such a wonderful family.

Gary was highly respected by his family and friends, because of who he was and what he stood for.  He was a man of principles and never cut corners at work or in his personal life.  He was the king of motivational quotes or sayings that would point you in the right direction.  One of his best quotes was to “celebrate life”.  He was sought out by many people over the years for his honest and straight forward advice.  He was a role model to his kids, grandchildren, and many friends.

Gary loved to play cards, curl, watch the Packers, fish, and he enjoyed good food (with a funny way of rating most of his meals).  He was also an avid outdoorsman who shot his biggest buck ever when he was in his mid- 60’s and with a bow!  Gary was a selfless and kind person who will be dearly missed by many.

Gary leaves behind his wife Carla, son Doug (Lisa), son Scott (Amy), daughter Jamie (Ryan), son Brian (Jenny), grandchildren Abbie, Hope, Claire, Chris, Griffin, Lydia, Carson, Teaghan, Addison, and Finnley.  His entire family is proud of him for how he lived his life and how he fought his health issues with dignity and grace.

A Memorial service will take place at 1:30 pm on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1812 Lynn Avenue, Altoona, WI  54720.  Memorial visitation will take place at the church on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 12 pm until the time of service.  Visitation will continue with refreshments being served in the St. Mary's Community Center immediately following the service.  Private inurnment will take place in the Chapel of the Resurrection Mausoleum at Calvary Cemetery in Eau Claire at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials which will go to an effort or organization to be chosen at a later date.     

Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.hulkefamilyfh.com.

Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Visitation

Memorial visitation will take place at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Altoona on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 12 pm until the time of service. Visitation will continue at the church with refreshments being served in the St. Mary's Community Center immediately following the memorial service.

Service

Memorial service will take place at 1:30 pm on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Altoona.