John T. Kneip, 57, of Oyens, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at Good Samaritan Society of Le Mars.
John Thomas Kneip was born Aug. 5, 1953, in Le Mars, the son of Loren and Mary (Kelly) Kneip. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Oyens. He attended grade school at St. Catherine's School and graduated from Remsen-Union High School in 1971.
Following his schooling, he began working for various businesses before he began his career as a truck driver. John drove truck for several companies, and for the last 9 1/2 years, he drove for JLM Enterprises of Clarion, until his health began to fail.
John was a member of St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Oyens.
John loved his pets, especially his dogs. He also loved to listen to music and play his guitar. Being outdoors was also a joy in John's life.
Most of all, he loved the times spent with his friends and family.
Survivors include his sister, Karen Plendl and her special friend, Michael Tofflemire of Le Mars; a nephew, Kyle Plendl of Le Mars; a niece, Erika Plendl of Le Mars; and several aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his grandparents: Nick and Dorothy Kneip, and Roy and Viola Kelly.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Oyens. The Rev. Bill McCarthy will celebrate. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, with a scripture service at 4 p.m., all at Carlsen-Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars. Visitation will resume from 9:30 a.m. until service time Monday at the church.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.