Ronald Winston Knickerbocker

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Knickerbocker, Ronald ("Winnie," "Bocker," or "Knick") passed away at age 72 in Dallas, Texas, on May 1, 2013. A Dallas native, Ron played varsity basketball for Highland Park High School, as a starting forward for the Scots, and was a 5 AAAA All-Star and All-District High Scorer in 1958. He attended Southern Methodist University, playing basketball for the Mustangs from 1958-1962. After graduating from SMU in 1962, Winnie served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, on active duty in Vietnam. Later, Ron worked in the insurance and mortgage business and then in commercial real estate development in Dallas. Ron loved golf, poker, horse racing, fly fishing, basketball and sports betting. You could often find him cursing at an errant referee, deciphering a racing form, or reading a spy thriller. He approached life with an intact sense of humor, regardless of circumstance, and was never without a quip, unique phrase or nickname for those around him. He is survived by his son, Ronald Keith Knickerbocker (Shelley), and his daughter Beth Knickerbocker Findsen (Marc), and five grandchildren, Samuel Knickerbocker, Sophie Knickerbocker, Olivia Knickerbocker, Connor McIntosh Findsen, and Avery Julia Findsen. He is also survived by his sister, Janet Ann Knickerbocker Pearce (Tom). He was predeceased by his eldest sister, Carol Jean Knickerbocker Safran (Dick), his father Ronald Cyril Knickerbocker, and his mother Elizabeth Jean McIntosh Knickerbocker. Grandfather H.D. Knickerbocker was an original founder of SMU. We will celebrate Ron's life at a memorial held Friday, May 10, 2013, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Pappadeaux on Oak Lawn in Dallas, Texas. Donations in Ron's memory may be sent to Maggie's House, tp://

Published in Dallas Morning News on May 8, 2013
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