This page is dedicated in loving memory to my Pop,

Meredith Maynard Knepp, Sr.

December 15, 1922 -- October 16, 1998

"When someone we love becomes a memory
the memory becomes a treasure."
Pop in uniform
My Pop went home to be with his Lord around 10:00 in the morning on October 16, 1998, having been diagnosed with acute cancer of the liver just the week before. He was in his home with my Mother at the time of his "homegoing". As his physical body failed him he opened his eyes wide, as if seeing the beauty of heaven, and slipped out to be with Jesus. As his physical eyes closed on this life, his spiritual eyes opened on the gates of heaven. For to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (II Corinthians 5:6 - 8). This knowledge is a comfort to all who knew and loved him, but he will be missed until we stand with him in heaven. Thank-you for your "karing hearts" of intercession on our behalf.

Kimberly Lane Knepp & Family
Karing Hearts Prayer Ministry
Amarillo, Texas
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The following were read or spoken at Pop's homegoing celebation. My part came first, then my older brother, Meredith, read a poem he and our sister Angela had written. Finally, our younger brother, Doug (who is proned to siezures), stood and addressed all who had come.These tributes to my Pop are following, listed in the order they were spoken.

"To relate a favorite memory of my Pop is like trying to select a favorite drop of water from the ocean. Every facet of my life is effected by his influence.

When I think of Pop, the thing that stands out most in my mind is his laugh. His smile and his laugh would light up any room. When I told our daughter, Amy, what I was going to write about, she said, "He never put it on. You could tell it was genuine because it always went to his eyes." Pop's entire attitude toward life, and those he touched, was the epitome of what a Christian should be. Anyone who talked with him for five minutes felt he was their best friend. He never had a bad word to say about anyone and always managed to find the good in everyone. Seeing a true picture of my Heavenly Father has been easy for me, for it is very close to the picture of Pop that I shall always carry in my heart.

I wrote this poem to honor the man I call:

Pop

When Jesus on the Earth walked,
And oft with His disciples talked.
He told of His Father, in Heaven above,
And of His endless, unbounded Love.

He told how His Spirit has testified,
And with our spirit has clearly cried,
That the One Who is a Loving Father to all,
Is Dad to us who are saved from the fall.

But there was another, who helped me see,
That the Father's Love would always be,
The one force that nothing could stop.
He was the one that I call Pop."

I went on to read the words to the following song. I hope it ministers to you, as it has us.

If You Could See Me Now
by Truth
My prayers have all been answered, I've finally arrived.
The healing that had been delayed has now been realized.
No one's in a hurry. There's no schedule to keep.
We're all enjoying Jesus, just sitting at His feet.

If you could see me now, I'm walking streets of gold.
If you could see me now, I'm standing tall and whole.
If you could see me now, you'd know I've seen His face.
If you could see me now, you'd know the pain's erased.
You wouldn't want me to ever leave this place
If you could only see me now.

I love you Pop."

"Family Poem": "Daddy"
written by Meredith Knepp Jr. and Angela Hagler
read by Meredith Jr.

"These qualities describe The man we're letting go;
They're typical of the Christian life
He loves the Lord, you know.

As a Christian, he was growing;
You can't deny this fact.
And none could ever sing like him
His volume seldom lacked.

He always took good care of all
The church lawn and supplies.
The money came from his own means,
But that was no surprise.

As a friend, he was dependable
No distance was too far
To bring you things or take you there
Or help you fix your car.

He wasn't always tactful
He said just what he thought
He never meant to hurt for long
It was not harm he sought.

As a brother, he was kind
And helped support his kin.
Eager to lend a helping hand -
That's how he's always been.

He amazed his family with his talents
The accordion, he played best.
By ear, he played all instruments -
A gift that he possessed.

As a husband, he was loving
And always faithful, too.
Whenever Mother did a thing,
He praised her through and through.

She always said, 'He can fix anything!'
To her, he was very strong.
He let us know he loved her;
That's why we sing his song.

As a father, he was honest
And stern in all correction
'If you won't do it right, don't do it at all'
Was the theme of his direction!

'Daddy, can I go to work with you?'
He never seemed to mind.
And playing games like 'Ridie, Ridie, Girlie'
We always had a good time!

Say ONE good thing about him?
I just don't think I could,
But, as our Mother put it,
'He was always good!!!!'"


Doug's Impromptu Blessing

"I'd like to thank you all for coming. And I want to thank the Lord for allowing me to be here today. I nearly died this summer, but the Lord brought me through and I was able to come here five weeks ago. I came here in September, on Labor Day, and we were able to sing together. That's some of the music you're listening to. I just thank the Lord I was able to be here then, because if I hadn't I don't think I could have handled this. I think I would have just fallen apart. But, because I was here then, I can do this today. Thank you."


The Knepp Family
This is one of the last pictures of our entire family together.


These materials have been most uplifting to us in the months since our earthly fathers went home.

A Parable of Immortality
by Henry Van Dyke

My First Christmas in Heaven
Author Unknown


International Bible SocietyThe International Bible Society has designed a new site for those suffering from grief. Their booklet Deeper Still, combined with comforting music using RealAudio and links to Scriptures from the Bible Gateway, is fully available online at this site.


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