Clarence Kniefel, 88, of Parma,
died Sunday, July 4, 1993, in an
services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 9, 1993, at
Parma Kirkpatrick Memorial Presbyterian Church with the
Reverend Ralph Marshall officiating.
Burial will follow
Cemetery, Roswell, under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen
Memory Chapel, Payette.
Mr. Kniefel was born October 16, 1904, in
Tremonton, Utah, a son of William and Mary Olive Kniefel
and received his early schooling there in a two-room country
school. In 1916 the
family moved to Mountain Home and the following year settled
on a farm in
After graduation in
1923, he went to the College of Idaho for two years.
He then farmed until
he made a career change to banking.
Mr. Kniefel was a
well-known banker in
for 43 years, serving as manager and vice president of The
Idaho First National Bank (now West One Bank).
Through those years
he advised and aided numerous farmers and community members.
One of his greatest
interests was helping young men learn the banking business
at the Parma Branch.
He married Marian Councilman on a snowy day, January
18, 1930, at her family's home in Roswell. They
celebrated 63 years of marriage, building their home,
raising their family and always working to better the
community of Parma.
They had two
children, Robert of Payette and Mary Sue Gibbs, who passed
away in 1977 while residing in Weiser.
Her loss was and is
still deeply felt.
The many community activities in which Mr. Kniefel
has been involved include chairman of Parma School District
Board of Trustees, member of the Chamber of Commerce, Lions
Club, Kirkpatrick Memorial Community Church Board, Trustee
of the College of Idaho for 16 years, Trustee of the
Caldwell Memorial Hospital Board for 16 years, and a member
of the Idaho-Oregon Industrial Development Association. He
helped many projects such as helping to build the
Park by actually carrying
water in buckets to irrigate the newly planted trees.
He had a major
interest in raising funds to build the Parma Swimming Pool
for youth activities and was one of the original group of
citizens who raised funds and was involved with the
construction of the
Parma Senior Citizen
presently serving on the board as its president.
It was a great joy
to him that the Senior Citizens had such a wonderful
Clarence would say that his most precious treasure
was his family. He
was always supportive and a source of' great wisdom to his
son and daughter and nine grandchildren.
his own words taken from his memoirs, "I enjoy my wife, my
family, my relatives, and my friends. I have enjoyed my
labors and I hope that I will leave a good mark when I leave
this Earth. To the
young people -
be thrifty; don't
spend foolishly. If
a windfall comes your way, take care of it, as it probably
won't come again. Remember
the Boy Scout oath; keep yourself physically strong,
mentally alert and morally straight.
Beatitudes and the Ten Commandments.
And to all of you —
be ready to meet your God."
is survived by his loving wife, Marian, son and
daughter-in-law, Robert and Carolyn Kniefel of Payette;
grandchildren and their families, Bruce, Connie, Andrea,
Stephanie and Matthew Kniefel of Boise; Kathie, Dean,
Robbie, Kelsie and Todd Carlson of Swaziland, Africa;
Christy, Nial and Shantel Bradshaw of Meridian; Rebecca,
Grant and Breanna Morton of Pullman, Washington; Cindy, Jeff
and McKenzie Jones of Boise; Jeffery Gibbs of Taiwan; Mike,
Leslie, Eric and Abbie Munson of Boise; Greg and Kriston
Munson of Ontario and Brian Munson of Weiser; a sister,
Florence McNeil of Portland, Oregon; a son-in-law, Dr. Ron
and Peggy Gibbs of Weiser; and many nieces and nephews.
was also preceded in death by two sisters, Ethel Roberts and
Memorials may be made to the Kirkpatrick Memorial Community
Church or the Parma Senior
Citizens, care of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661.
Friends may call today from 3 to 7 p.m. and Friday
from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Parma Kirkpatrick