George F. "Duke" Kneifel, age 77, of Columbus, Nebraska died Monday July 5, 2004 at his home. Funeral Services are 9:30 a.m. Thursday July 8, 2004 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Reverend Del Lape officiating. Burial will be in the St. Bonaventure Cemetery with military honors by Hartman Post #84 American Legion Honor Guard. Visitation is 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday with a 7:00 p.m. Vigil Service at McKown Funeral Home. Visitation will continue Thursday morning from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. also at the funeral home.
George F. "Duke" Kneifel was born November 13, 1926 in Columbus, Nebraska to Carl and Edith (Bader) Kneifel. He graduated from St. Bonaventure High School in 1945. George served in the U.S. Army/ Air Corp during WWII from 1945 - 1946. Following the service he returned to Columbus and worked at Behlen Manufacturing for 3 years. George then worked for the Bicycle Shop for 10 years before owning and operating Kneifel's Bicycle Shop until 1985. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, ham radios and computers.
He is survived by:
Daughter: Marcia Foster of San Fernando Valley, CA
Sister: Leona Brewer of Columbus, NE
Brother: Geno (Delores) Kneifel of Columbus, NE
Sister-in-law: Delores Kneifel of Columbus, NE
Special Friend: Norma Tupper of Columbus, NE
Two Grandchildren and One Great Grandchild
He was preceded by:
Father: Carl M. Kneifel
Mother: Edith Kneifel
Brother: Carl R. "Dutch" Kneifel
Brother-in-law: Clayton Brewer