Military Service:

2/27/2014 Fort Logan National Cemetery 10:15 a.m.

Memorial Service:

2/27/2014 Immediately following at Horan & McConaty, 3101 South Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood, Colorado 80227

Paul Edmund Knipstein

March 15, 1925 :: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Passed Away:
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.


9 Responses to Paul Edmund Knipstein

  1. Lynn Schwab says:

    Hi Dad, Just wanted to wish you a Happy 89th Birthday today! Although you are no longer here in physical form, I still feel your spiritual presence and hold it close to my heart. I hope you and mom are celebrating today, finally together again. Miss you both dearly! Love, your daughter Lynn

  2. Penny Garland says:

    I so sorry to hear about Uncle Paul. Thank you for letting us know. He has gone to join Aunt Holly and all his brother and sisters. May he rest in peace. Daughter of Thelma and Fred Bledsoe.

  3. Linda Knipstein Anderson says:

    Anne, Lynn & Dave – I’m truly sorry about the loss of your Dad. You all gave him a very nice funeral and buriel yesterday and I know how proud he would be. It was so nice to see all the family and everyone come together to remember him and I just wanted you all to know how nicely all your planning turned out. Love to all! Linda and Steve!

  4. Jim Reppert says:

    Paul and Holly helped me out when I was just beginning to stand on my own 2 feet. They gave me a safe place to live when I first moved to Denver. I loved them both. I am saddened at Paul’s passing but joyous in having known him. I had the honor of seeing him a few weeks before his death. I will miss him. My heart and prayers go out to those of us left behind.

  5. Richard Moser says:

    To Anne, Lynn, Dave and family. First of all, our condolences. My wife, Sandy and youngest daughter, Jeanette, were blessed to stay at Anne’s house in 2002 and to see and talk with Paul and many of the Knipstein family. Although not in the best of health Paul still had that pleasing smile and ability to joke around. While in Fort Wayne, the Knipsteins were not only cousins, but also neighbors…..many get-togethers, fun times, swimming, water-skiing, steak fries, holiday meals. Paul taught us how to bowl at Smitty’s in Waynedale. He bowled his 300 on February 13, the same night my oldest niece, Rhonda was born. I could say much more, but to the family, I say, remember the good times. Love, Dick (Richard) and the Moser Family.

  6. Glen Reppert says:

    I had the pleasure in my youth of living with Uncle Paul and my Aunt. He was a man of integrity and I was blessed to have spent that time with him. It was always a great time learning how to play pool with him and the laughter we shared. He will be truly missed.

  7. Jenny Gaerte says:

    Ann, Lynn, David, and kids, Sending thoughts and prayers to all of you. Hugs to all of you from all of us in IN. Jen and Andy (Sally’s daughter)



  9. Barry & Deanna Moser says:

    ToAnne, Lynn, David and your families, We were sorry to hear about your Dad [cousin Paul] passing. Our prayers are with you all for comfort as you grieve. We hope all the great memories over the past years will help you now and in the future. It has been a long time since we have seen you or Paul, but we also have some pleasant memories of our times fishing, hunting, visiting Lake George, and being close neighbors for many years. Our best wishes and sincere sympathies. Barry & Deanna

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