Bluffton Chronicles, Wednesday, July 13, 1904
Joseph Knepper, aged sixty-one years, died at his home on East Market street Tuesday at four oclock after a prolonged illness of five weeks with Brights disease. Mr. Knepper was a retired farmer and had been a resident of the city for over thirty years. He was born in Piqua county, Ohio, in 1843. When twelve years old the large family of which he was one moved to Geneva, Ind. He lived there about fifteen years and then moved to this city. He was a member of the 17th Ind. Cavalry during the Civil War and was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic of this city. He leaves a wife, Mrs. Minerva Knepper and four children, all of this city. The children are Reynolds, Frank and Charles Knepper and Mrs. Cora Abrams. He also leaves the following brothers and sisters, the most of whom are here for the funeral: Jacob Knepper and Mrs. Rena Sanderson, of Marion; Sam Knepper, of Kansas; Amos Knepper of Columbus, O.; Louis Knepper, of Geneva; Barney Knepper, of Dunkirk; Mrs. J. M. Basset, of Muncie; and Mrs. S. Thrash, of Illinois.
The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 at the house. The interment was in Fairview. The old soldiers of the Grand Army had charge of the funeral arrangements.