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“I did not know Bill but am very fortunate to be the new Caretaker of a couple of his fine, prized Montana books from his collection which I will...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Jim & Janie

“So sorry to learn of Bill's passing. He always shared his amazing story/joke telling talent. His wit and sense of humor was very special. We have...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: pat

“There are no words to describe what each of you must be feeling. I trust the memories and relief for Bill will keep you each going. Love and...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Sharon Morgan

“Nedra & MildredWe are very sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope you find strength in the wonderful memories you...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Bob Koch & Dave Reicks

“We will miss Bill , as the family also will, I will miss his sauerkraut, we always exchanged his for my spaghetti sauce. Mildred please take care, my...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Babs & Tex Brown

“We hold you safe in our hearts in this time of sadness. "When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Lynn and Chris Cammack

“Millie & family, So sorry to hear of Bills passing. I'll be keeping you in my prayers. God bless his memory to all of you. ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Sandy Weaver

“I wonder if there has been a charity named for donations? ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Lynn Cammack


William "Bill" F. Knuppel, Jr. age 93, of Big Arm, passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at home with his family by his side. He was born April 22, 1919 in Rockford, IL to William F. Sr. and Frances Hunkey Knuppel. Bill was involved with the Marine Corps for many years, he served in WWII and the Korean War. He received the National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, and the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (3rd and 4th Award) as well as numerous other medals. He was Honorably Discharged on November 30, 1956. He retired from the US Marine Corps. He married his loving wife, Mildred Umphres. The couple spent many fun times in Montana and Arizona, and then finally made the move to Big Arm, Montana into their dream home, which has the most beautiful view of Flathead Lake and the Mission Mountains. Bill was a fun, caring, giving, and loving husband and father. Bill had the greatest love and care for his friends and colleagues. He was a very funny guy, even on the phone. In 1956, he was 67 points from going to the Olympics. Between 1955 and 1958, he was the defending champion of the Inter-Service Triathlon. It's been told that he made great fried chicken that's never to be duplicated. He also had an ongoing interest in sports and politics. Bill is survived by his beautiful wife, Mildred; daughters, Nedra and Kim, and step-daughter, Kathy. Bill is preceded in death by his parents. A celebration of his life will take place at Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory on Friday, April 26th, 2013 at 11:00 AM with full military honors to follow. Messages of condolences may be shared at with the family online at www.groganfuneral.com.