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1927 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
April 13, 1927 - January 10, 2018 OKLAHOMA CITY John C. Knoepfel, a beloved uncle, cousin and friend slipped away peacefully on Jan. 10, 2018 after a brief illness. John was a generous, loyal and humble man - his kind demeanor and quick smile were models for all who knew him. Born into a loving family, John grew up during the early days of Oklahoma City and graduated from Classen High School. He then went on at age 18 to serve his country during World War II. Impressing his superiors, John was selected to be a U.S. Army observer at the Nuremberg War Trials of 1946. Even at age 90, John could re-count many details of the trial and names of all of the German Officers convicted of War Crimes in World War II. After the war, he returned to Oklahoma City, completed his degree in Petroleum Engineering from Oklahoma State University and embarked on a career with Sohio Oil Co., and British Petroleum Co, where he retired at age 62.John was voracious reader and traveled the world through his books; amassing a collection of over 2,000 volumes. He was interested and knowledgeable in World History, U.S. History, Art Museums of the World, Ships, Model Planes, Cameras, Guns and Model Trains. He loved listening to his collection of Classical Music, especially Beethoven. He was a man of deep faith. Although he did not attend church regularly, he deepened his faith through the years by reading the Holy Bible completely through seven times.John was a solitary man who never married, but he was not alone for he possessed a brilliant mind and pursued his hobbies and interests with great vigor and knowledge, and enjoyed sharing these interests with a close-knit group of family and friends. John was preceded in death by his father Carl E. Knoepfel, mother Rubie Conyers Knoepfel, brother Edward Knoepfel, sister-in-law Christina Knoepfel, and close life-time friend John Hanson and many aunts and uncles. He was especially close to his devoted cousin Frances Oney, who was a dear friend and loving care-giver until his death. He is survived by cousin Dora Ann Crenshaw, (Dallas, Tx.), nephew Bruce Knoepfel, (Frisco, Co.), niece Sherrie Knoepfel, (Sugarland, Tx.), lifelong friends Fred Kamp and Donna Hanson, friend Carl Jones, and many others who were fortunate enough to hear his warm laugh and share his kind demeanor.There will be a "Memory Sharing Time" at 11:00 AM at Buchanan Funeral Service on Saturday January 13th. Burial was at Fairlawn Cemetery. Family requests no flowers. Please send any contributions to The Frances McMillan Oney Music Endowment at Oklahoma City University, 2501 N. Blackwelder, Oklahoma City.
Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 11, 2018
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