2/27/2014 Fort Logan National Cemetery 10:15 a.m.
2/27/2014 Immediately following at Horan & McConaty, 3101 South Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood, Colorado 80227
Paul Edmund Knipstein
March 15, 1925 :: Fort Wayne, Indiana
February 21, 2014 :: Lakewood, Colorado
Paul Edmund Knipstein, age 88, Lakewood, Colorado, died peacefully in his sleep the morning of February 21, 2014. He was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on March 15, 1925.
As a young boy, he rode his bicycle 10 or more miles every day to deliver newspapers for the Postal Telegraph Service. He learned the carpentry trade from his father and later began work for Kroger’s Supermarket as a carpenter. While working for Kroger’s, he was asked to learn about refrigeration work, which then became his lifetime business. In 1972, he moved his family from Indiana to Lakewood, Colorado where he oversaw the maintenance and refrigeration of Azar’s Restaurants. While in that capacity, the restaurant chain increased from the original 3 stores to a total of 13. Paul, later joined by his son, opened his own successful HVAC business in 1980, retiring in 1991.
Paul married his wife, Holly on February 8, 1947 and together they had 3 children: Anne Pyle, Lynn Schwab, and David, who all reside in Colorado. They were married for 57 years until Holly’s death from Alzheimer’s in 2004.
Paul served in World War II as a Seaman First Class aboard the Battleship, the U.S.S. Pennsylvania. He was particularly fond of recounting stories about his experiences during the War and loved to talk about his “Ship, not a Boat”. The treaty to end World War II was to be signed on “Paul’s Ship,” until they took a torpedo hit one day before the war ended.
Paul loved to bowl and was the first person to ever bowl a 300 Perfect Game at Smitty’s Bowling Alley in Glendale, Indiana. He also loved to fish, camp and go water skiing, with many wonderful summers being spent at Lake George.
Paul was predeceased by his wife, Holly. He is survived by his 3 children, Anne, Lynn, Dave; his 4 grandchildren, Justin, Jeana, Michael, Dan; and 3 great-grandchildren, Meghan, Ayden and Madison. Paul had 3 brothers and 2 sisters, all of whom have passed, except for his surviving brother, Ed Knipstein, who resides in Indiana.
We wish to thank the nurses, caregivers and other staff at Emeritus Assisted Living, and Denver Hospice, who cared for Paul. We also wish to thank Mary for her loving care, concern and support that enabled Paul to experience happiness in his later years.
Military Honors will be held at Fort Logan National Cemetery on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:15 a.m. A memorial service and reception will be held immediately following the committal service at Horan & McConaty, 3101 South Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood, Colorado 80227. Flowers may be sent to Horan and McConaty by 9:00 a.m. on 02/27/2014.