My father was Clyde Preston Knipe, and his father was the Rev. Wilbur Knipe. Grandpa passed away a year after I was born (1954), so I never met him. I only remember meeting Bruce once when he brought up his kids and wife (I remember she was German), and we fixed dinner for them. His sister Edna passed away some time ago, and daddy passed on in February, 2003. I'm not sure if Edna's son Tommy is still alive, but he lived around the Youngstown area.
Dad moved to Portage County after a stint in the Army, where he met my mom. Even though it was during the war, he never left Ohio! We lived in Ravenna, Ohio and he and mom retired to Florida where they lived until they passed-I think they moved there around 1975 or so. I'm thinking there were more kids, as dad told us that Wilbur's wife, Charity (who was one of triplets) gave birth to over ten kids, but only 5 survived. I'm pretty sure there was another sister, Marie, but I don't remember too much.
Dad was a star player at Kent State on the basketball team, but he never finished college. I think I have articles about him playing at KSU somewhere around here.
Let me know if you would like me to find some of the documentation about dad...I miss him terribly; he was a good, good man. I just happened to be doing a search on Wilbur when I came across your post...
Claudia Anne Knipe Carney-Westerville, Ohio
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