Levi D. "Lee" Knipmeyer

Levi D. "Lee" Knipmeyer, 88, of Quincy, died at 6:26 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 2, 2014) in Blessing Hospital.

Born Feb. 9, 1925, in New Florence, Mo., Lee was a son of Walter Benjamin and Amelia Marie Reese Knipmeyer. He first married Roberta Sessions in 1952. She preceded him in death. He married Luella Spencer Timmerwilke on Sept. 2, 1983, in Quincy. She survives.

He was a member of Vermont Street United Methodist Church. Lee was a life member of Payson Masonic Lodge No. 379, a member of the Springfield Ansar Shrine Temple, a past member of Quincy Shrine Club, a founding member of the Quincy Shrine Club Skeeter Patrol, a past member of Masonic High 12 Club No. 40, a life member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and past member and past president of the Quincy Golden K Kiwanis.

As a young man, Lee farmed near Plainville. Subsequently he had a farm implement and feed business in Liberty. He operated a Chevrolet dealership with his brother, Merrill, in Camp Point, was a driver license examiner for the state of Illinois and was the sales manager for the D.B. Gray Chevrolet dealership in Hull. He then purchased the Chevrolet dealership in Beardstown in 1968 and operated it until his retirement in 1985.

Survivors include his wife, Luella; two sons, Walter David Knipmeyer of Bismarck, Mo., and Stephen D. Knipmeyer of Beardstown; a stepdaughter, Jane K. Barnes (Joseph) of Parker, Texas; four grandchildren, Kristen Nichole Knipmeyer of Quincy, Daniel R. Knipmeyer of Lucerne, Switzerland, and Levi D. Knipmeyer II and Laynee M. Knipmeyer, both of Columbia, Mo.; and two stepgrandchildren, Janelle and Emily Barnes of Parker. Also surviving are several loving nieces and nephews.

Mr. Knipmeyer was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Luella Britt; and five brothers, Philip Knipmeyer, Merrill W. Knipmeyer, Homer Knipmeyer, Verdell Knipmeyer and Wilbert Knipmeyer.

SERVICES: 10 a.m. Friday in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Scott Grulke conducting. Burial will be in West Cemetery, Pittsfield.

VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and until time of services Friday in the funeral home. The Payson Masonic Lodge No. 379 will conduct Masonic services at 7 p.m.

MEMORIALS: Shriner's Children's Hospital.

ARRANGEMENTS: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home.

WEBSITE: www.zrsc.com.

Funeral Home

Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home
1435 State Street Quincy, IL 62301
(217) 222-3662

Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Feb. 4 to Feb. 6, 2014