Graveside services for Roger Lafayette Knibbe, 97, were held on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. at Oak Rest Cemetery in Medina with Mr. Martin Smith conducting the services. Mr. Knibbe lived in Media.
He died on Oct. 12, 2005 in a Lytle Nursing Home. Roger Knibbe was born June 12, 1908 at Concan where is parents Lafe and Clara Knibbe had charge of the local post office. Later, with his sister Jane Knibbe (Farris) and their parents, he moved to Knippa where grandparents August and Mary Gourley Knibbe had established the Knibbe store and cotton gin.
The family then moved to the Farris Community, north of Uvalde, where he attended the Farris oneroom field school, then attended high school in Uvalde at the old West Main Street School, located where Uvalde's new El Progreso Library and Museum stands today.
In addition to Uvalde County, much of his life was spent in Kendalia, Boerne and Medina. By trade, he was a skilled electrician and spent many years on the job in San Antonio.
He was a 60-year member of Local Union #60, International Brotherhood of Electrical workers and a member of the Stringtown Road Church of Christ. In personality, he was a raconteur, delighting many friends and family members with colorful anecdotes.
Roger Knibbe was first married to Charlotte Catherine Hobrecht and to this union was born a son, Glenn Roger Knibbe. Charlotte Knibbe died May 12, 1975.
His second marriage was Nov. 26, 1976 to Haytee Jackson Knibbe, widow of Felix Norris Knibbe, who had died March 29, 1975. Following their marriage, Roger and Haytee chose to spend their remaining years in Medina. Haytee Jackson Knibbe died April 21, 1997.
Survivors include Sarah Knibbe Tondre, the daughter of Haytee and Norris Knibbe, who with her family members took care of Roger during the past few years, niece Jo Ann Farris Goodell of Austin and a number of grand and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He is also survived by special Medina neighbor Naomi Mudd.
Roger and sister Jane Farris, who preceded him in death, were the great-grandchildren of early Texas pioneer John Heinrich Dietrich Knibbe who came from Hannover, Germany to New Braunfels in the 1840s and is said to have been the first settler in the Spring Branch community in Comal County.
They were also the grandchildren of August Henry Knibbe who once ran a flour mill and had large land holdings at Curry's Creek. As a Texas Minuteman, August Knibbe had the experience of being shot in the leg during a chase with Indians.
Roger and his sister were also descendants of Christian Schmidt Sr. (who during the Civil War was with the first Texas calvary, Union) and his wife Mary Schaefer Schmidt and of Christian Schmidt Jr. and his wife Anna Leistikow Schmidt of Kendalia.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapel.