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16 October, 1904 - 4 July, 1993

From The Idaho Press-Tribune

July, 1993
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Clarence Kniefel

    Clarence Kniefel, 88, of Parma, died Sunday, July 4, 1993, in an Ontario hospital.  Funeral 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 at Roswell 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 Roswell, Idaho.  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 Parma 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 Community 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 Building.  Clarence was presently serving on the board as its president.  It was a great joy to him that the Senior Citizens had such a wonderful facility.
    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.
    In 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.  Remember the Beatitudes and the Ten Commandments.  And to all of you be ready to meet your God."
    He 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.
    He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Ethel Roberts and Irene Roberts.
    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 Memorial Church.

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