Lewis Knippa Jr. of Ingleside, Texas, died peacefully on the morning of May 26, 2020, at his home after a long battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family.
Lewis was born on Aug. 10, 1943, in Gonzales, Texas, to Florence and Lewis Knippa Sr. He was 76. Lewis is survived by his wife, Mary Beth Rhule-Knippa; daughter, Kimberly Leftwich (Glyn); brother, Dennis Knippa; sister, Linda Knippa Holmes (William Archie “Sonny”); sons, Garrison Doreck (Nadia) and Brandon Doreck (Heather); grandchildren, A.J. Leftwich, Jaxon Doreck, Cannon Doreck, Madelyn Doreck and Audrey Doreck; nieces, Hesper Donaghue (Drew), Jerri Kotrulja (Elvis), Paula Alworth (Kristopher), Andrea Warren, Jennifer Eckhart, Karen Bell, and Teresa Baguio; nephews, Willie Holmes, Anthony Knippa, Mark Warren, John Warren, and Jeffrey Baguio; and many great-nieces and nephews. Lewis is preceded in death by his parents Florence and Louis Knippa Sr.; sister, Geraldine Knippa Frandolig, and late wife Marsha Carlile Knippa.
Lewis was a kindhearted man, great husband, wonderful dad. He was an unbelievable Papa/Mr. Lewis, a faithful trusting brother, and a wonderful friend. He graduated from Ingleside High School, owned the Texaco station in Ingleside for many years, and was last employed by Pipe Pros in Corpus Christi.
A celebration of his life and visitation were held at Charlie Marshall Funeral Home in Aransas Pass, Texas, on May 29. His funeral service was Saturday, May 30, at Charlie Marshall Funeral Home, and graveside service followed at Prairie View Cemetery in Aransas Pass.
Pallbearers included Dennis Knippa, A.J. Leftwich, John Wayne Knippa, Gary Brumley, Don Burns, Tuffy Hudson, Robert Vaden, and honorary pallbearers Sonny Holmes and Glyn Leftwich. Online condolences may be left at www.charliemarshallfuneralhomes.com.