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Frank Knipe

December 29, 1927 — December 5, 2011

Frank L. Knipe, youngest of three children of William and Ella (Blinde) Knipe, was born December 29, 1927 near Auburn, Nebraska. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Auburn, and attended school and graduated from high school in Auburn.

Frank entered the United States Marine Corps during World War II, and after his honorable discharge in 1948 returned to the Auburn area to farm with his father.

On June 18, 1950 Frank was united in marriage to Beth Argabright in Hiawatha, Kansas. The next year they moved to the farm near Johnson where they would spend the next 60 years together. The couple was blessed with two children, Robert and Leslie.

As a lifelong farmer, Frank was a dedicated conservator of the land. He took pride in clean, neat fields and well-managed crops. He continued to farm as long as he was able to ride a tractor.

Frank was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and served on the church council. He had belonged to the Auburn Eagles Club, and also served on the Johnson-Brock School Board. In his spare time he loved to work with wood, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards with friends, and dancing with Beth.

Illness resulted in Frank moving to the Good Samaritan Society-Auburn in November of 2011, and it was there he passed away on Monday, December 5, 2011 at the age of 83 years, 11 months, and 6 days. His parents and brother Bill preceded him in death.

Frank is survived by wife Beth of Johnson; son and daughter-in-law Robert and Joyce Knipe of Auburn; daughter and son-in-law Leslie and Ron Graphenteen of Eagle; 5 grandchildren and 2 step-grandchidlren; 9 great-grandchildren; sister Mary Stuck of Omaha; brothers-in-law Maurice and wife Peg Argabright of Harlingen, TX; Don and wife Kathleen Argabright of Guadalajara, Mexico; other relatives and many friends.

Memorial services will be Thursday, December 8, 2:00 p.m. at Hemmingsen Funeral Home in Auburn. Visitation will be at the funeral home Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with family greeting friends 6:00 to 8:00. There will be no viewing.

Memorials are suggested to Good Samaritan Society-Auburn.
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