Levi D. "Lee" Knipmeyer, 88, of Quincy died at 6:26 p.m. Sunday (February 2, 2014) in Blessing Hospital.
Born February 9, 1925 in New Florence, MO, Lee was the 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 September 2, 1983 in Quincy. She survives.
He was a member of Vermont Street United Methodist Church. Lee was a life member of the 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, IL, 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 step daughter, Jane K. Barnes (Joseph) of Parker, TX; four grandchildren, Kristen Nichole Knipmeyer of Quincy, Daniel R. Knipmeyer of Lucerne, Switzerland, Levi D. Knipmeyer II and Laynee M. Knipmeyer both of Columbia, MO; two step grandchildren, Janelle and Emily Barnes of Parker, TX. Also surviving are several loving nieces and nephews.
Mr. Knipmeyer was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Luella Britt; five brothers, Philip Knipmeyer, Merrill W. Knipmeyer, Homer Knipmeyer, Verdell Knipmeyer and Wilbert Knipmeyer.
Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 10:00 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home with the The Rev.Dr. Scott Grulke officiating. Burial will be in West Cemetery in Pittsfield.
Visitation will be Thursday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 and Friday morning until the time of services at the funeral home. The Payson Masonic Lodge No. 379 will conduct Masonic services at 7:00 p.m. Thursday evening.
Memorials may be made to the Shriner's Children's Hospital.