The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


January 7, 2013

William Matthew Knipple

JOHNSTOWN — KNIPPLE – William Matthew, 83, Johnstown, died Jan. 6, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center. Born Sept. 3, 1929, in Johnstown, son of William Findley and Lillian (Lewis) Knipple. Survived by wife, Mary Theresa (Boxler) Knipple, to whom he was married for 56 years; sons, William Mark and Robert; and his daytime canine companion, Dudley. Bill was a devoted husband and father, beloved “Uncle Bill,” brother-in-law and friend to many. A veteran of the U.S. Army. Bill was a proud graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering and retired from Bethlehem Steel Corp.’s Bar, Rod and Wire Division. He was a lifetime member of Oakland Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as treasurer for many years. Bill was president of the Stonycreek Township Board Commissioners, which recently earned him recognition by the Pennsylvania State Association of Townships for 48 years of continuous service. He will be remembered for his steadfast commitment to his family, his sense of humor and his incredibly generous soul. Bill was a devoted member of St. Matthew’s Anglican Church. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Oakland United Methodist Church, 15904 Bedford St., Johnstown, Pa. 15902, Father Douglas Blakelock. Interment, Grandview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the deceased requested donations be made to the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, 300 Swissvale Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15218, in memory of William. Online condolences may be posted to


Text Only | Photo Reprints

What is the biggest key to reducing gun violence in Johnstown?

Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

     View Results