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Peter J. Kneipper Jr.
(04-13-1925 - 01-08-2021)

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 Peter J. Kneipper, Jr. passed away at St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin, Illinois during the evening of 8 January 2021, due to Covid-19 complications. Although born in Omaha, Nebraska, Peter moved to Elgin during eighth grade with his younger sister Lucille and his parents Peter J. Kneipper, Sr. and Alice B. Nalty. He attended St. Joseph Grade School and graduated from Elgin High School with the Class of 1944 where he lettered in Track & Field.

Second Lieutenant Peter J. Kneipper, Jr. spent his senior year through 1946 serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II involved in liberating the Philippines as well as other territory and islands from Imperial Japan. He navigated C-46D transport planes as part of the Fifth Air Force, Transport Squadron. Peter flew over the USS Missouri as Japan signed the instrument of surrender on 2 September 1945. The following day, Peter joined the allied occupying forces in Japan. He returned to the States on the S.S. Sea Quail, which made its Pacific Crossing of Yokohama, Japan to Seattle, Washington from 11 through 23 January 1946. In recent years, he proudly wore his WWII cap and reveled in the public’s acknowledgment of his service.

He spent his working career as a salesman and manager at Joseph Spiess, Rauschenberger’s Furniture Store, and Tru Value Hardware, among others. After retiring, Peter and his wife Mary spent the spring, summer, and fall months in Oxford, WI and winter months in Las Vegas, NV.

Peter’s survivors include his seven children Dr. M. Catherine Bird of Elgin, Christine A. Duffy (Dan) of Lake Geneva, WI, Peter J. Kneipper III (Alane) of Elgin, Matthew J. Kneipper of Los Cabos, Mexico, Patricia L. Stading (Douglas) of Sycamore, Thomas M. Kneipper (Shawna) of Lake Geneva, WI, and Alice Moring (Bill) of Elgin; two of his children (twins Steven W. and Paul M.) died in infancy. Additionally he leaves behind 14 grandchildren Jennifer Baldwin, Kristoffer Bird, Lisa Malitz, Sarah Plebanek, Dan Duffy, Peter J. Kneipper IV, Amanda Morzos, Nicholas Stading, Ashley Burns, Aaron Kneipper, Charlie Hayes, Logan Moring, Maddie Hayes, and Max Moring; 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Peter’s wife Mary E. Meadows, his parents, and his sister Lucille Caldwell predeceased him.

Visitation will be at Laird Funeral Home on Friday January 15 at 9:00 AM for family members who wish to enter Laird in groups of ten. Beginning at 9:30, the funeral home will move Peter to the lobby so that others may pay their respects while remaining outdoors. A live-streaming funeral mass will follow at St. Laurence Catholic Church at 10:30 A.M. on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/watch/Laird-Family-Funeral-Services-110475910593233/ Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, all in Elgin. Visit the Laird Funeral Home website for details and the complete version of the obituary. Peter’s large family brought him great joy. In lieu of flowers, please hug (virtually) your family members in honor of him. For information call 847-741-8800

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