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Benjamin Gaffrey Knier

1987 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Benjamin Gaffrey Knier Obituary
Benjamin Gaffrey Knier, 26

Fargo, ND

Dec. 10, 1987 - March 14, 2014

Benjamin Gaffrey Knier died on Friday, March 14, 2014, in Fargo, ND, in a battle with deep depression.

Ben was born on December 10, 1987, to Frank and Mary Gaffrey Knier. He lived most of his life in Fargo. He was a happy child. Ben loved to draw cartoons. He especially liked "Calvin and Hobbes," and at age eight created a comic strip featuring his own Calvin-like character, Napoleon.

Ben was ever curious, industriously poring over books (a set of encyclopedias when he was a boy; classics including Les Miserables unabridged in adulthood.) His memory was astounding. He had a keen interest in geography, and even as an adult he often watched documentaries on different countries and their habitat, animals, and people. One of his desires was to travel to out-of-the-way places in the world.

Ben enjoyed being outside. As a little boy, he once told his mother, "I love snow; it's like one big toy!" In summer he studied improv and dance at Trollwood. Whatever the weather, he enjoyed skateboarding and taking long walks. He wore out a soccer ball.

His freshman year at Shanley High School, Ben performed in two theatrical productions: as the Dormouse in "Alice in Wonderland" and as a tap dancer and the villain in the spring musical, "42nd Street." He graduated from Fargo South in 2006.

As an avid artist, Ben drew detailed, intricate pictures that displayed his creativity and skill. Often his subjects were abstract and revealed unique perspectives. His favorite medium was pen and ink. In 2012 he graduated from MSUM with a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Communications and a minor in Art.

Ben was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Joseph and Anna Gaffrey of New Rockford, ND, and two uncles, Kevin Gaffrey and James Knier.

He is survived by his parents; his older sisters, Anna Knier and Alexandra Putzer; his brother-in-law, Steven Putzer; his nephew, Joseph, and a new niece or nephew expected in late July (Oshkosh, WI); his paternal grandparents, Clifford and Theresa Knier of Clear Lake, MN; and his 26 aunts and uncles and 32 cousins. Their love was uplifting.

Visitation: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 21st at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo (prayer service at 7:00 p.m.) Visitation: 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 22nd at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Fargo, preceding a funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m.

Memorials may be sent to St. Gianna's Maternity Home, 15605 County Road 15, Minto, ND 58261 or St. Vincent de Paul Conference, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 710 10th Street So., Fargo, ND 58103.

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. Online guest book at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com.

Published in the St. Cloud Times on Mar. 21, 2014
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