William Frederick (Bill) Knetter was born on January 1, 1921 to John and Emma Koehler Knetter in the Piper area of Kansas City, Kansas.
William Frederick (Bill) Knetter was born on January 1, 1921 to John and Emma Koehler Knetter in the Piper area of Kansas City, Kansas. He died at home on January 27, 2018 after years of declining health following a stroke.
Bill married Wanda Mellenbruch on July 21, 1946. Together they raised their four children. During his lifetime, Bill farmed in Wyandotte County with his father, with his twin brother Willmar, and with his sons, who continue in the family farm business.
During World War II, Bill served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a ground crew chief for B-29’s. Bill was a lifelong member of St. Martin Lutheran Church, where he actively served in most capacities, from Sunday School teacher to President of the Congregation. He graduated from Piper High School in 1938, and served on the school boards for Wallula and Piper Grade schools, and for the Piper Unified School District. As a child, Bill was a member, and then was an adult community leader of the Piper 4-H Club for 41 years. He was a member of the Wyandotte County Fair Association board for 35 years, including a time as President.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, and his sister, Harriet.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda, of the home, and by his sons, Jim (Becky) Knetter and Dave (Julie) Knetter, both of Kansas City, Kansas, and by his daughters Marsha (Chuck) Gordon of Merriam, Kansas and Karen (Roger) Logan of Leavenworth, Kansas. He also is survived by 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive visitors on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Davis Funeral Chapel at 531 Shawnee in Leavenworth. Bill’s funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at St. Martin Lutheran Church, located at 13849 Hollingsworth Road in Kansas City, Kansas. Burial immediately following at Mount Muncie Cemetery in Leavenworth. Memorial gifts may be made in Bill’s memory to St. Martin Lutheran Church or to the Wyandotte County Fair Association.