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Donald Kneip

Donald “Don” Kneip, age 89, of Jasper, Minnesota, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Memorial Service was Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023, at 10 a.m. at the Jasper Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jasper with visitation one hour prior to the service from 9-10 a.m. Burial was in the Jasper City Cemetery in Jasper.
Arrangements are with the Hartquist Funeral Home – Jasper Chapel. Please visit to sign an online registry.
Donald Lloyd Kneip was born on February 10, 1934, to Irvin Alfred and Ruth Elizabeth (Carlson) Kneip in Oak Park, Illinois.  In 1939 he moved with his parents to Villa Park, Illinois, and began attending school there. When he was 14 years old, his family moved to Colton, South Dakota, and one year later to Jasper, Minnesota. After his graduation from Jasper High School, he attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
On August 29, 1954, he was united in marriage to Gwendolyn Larson at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jasper. Don held various jobs in Jasper and Sioux Falls, and in 1972 he purchased his father-in-law’s auto repair business and moved his family back to Jasper. While living in Jasper, Don owned and operated Kneip Auto Repair and Sales. During this time, he also owned and operated Kneip Bus Company from 1985 to 1992. He sold his repair business to his son Jim in 1985 and retired from Kneip Sales in 1996.
He served on the Jasper City Council, Jasper School Board, and was a member of the Historical Society and the Jasper Senior Citizens. He enjoyed woodworking and antique auto restoration.
He is lovingly remembered by his four children, Steve (Dede) Kneip of Omaha, Nebraska, Jim  (Debbie) Kneip of Luverne, Minnesota, Barb (Kurt) Facile of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Brenda (Dale) Bostic of Edgerton, Minnesota; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Gwendolyn; daughter Susan Kneip; granddaughter Aja Pelster; his parents; and a sister, Virginia Berdahl.

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