CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. – Richard W. Knipping Sr. died Feb. 29, 2012. He was born Sept. 4, 1927, in Englewood, N.J. son of the late Judge Frederick C. Knipping Jr. and Marie B. (Ward) Knipping.

He was the beloved husband of Evelyn E. (Kazinci) Knipping, whom he married Oct. 16, 1948. He was a graduate of Cliffside Park Senior High School, Cliffside Park, N.J. He attended numerous schools and courses in the automobile and insurance industry. He was a veteran of World War ll and served in the U.S. Army as a platoon sergeant and drill instructor. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserves and New Jersey National Guard. He began his insurance career with Allstate lnsurance Co. in 1957 and advanced from adjuster through all supervisory levels to claims management. He helped create, develop, install and administer the claim department for Metropolitan Property and Liability lnsurance Co. throughout the U.S., including the development of three schools for the training of insurance adjusters. He retired in 1988 as a corporate vice president of MPL and moved to his home in Maine in 1990. Mr. Knipping held the following posts during his career in the insurance industry: member of the board of directors for National Safety Council, which he served on the Public Relations, Communications and Nomination Committee; board chairman of Eastern Division of National Automobile Theft Bureau; member of the Board of Governors National Automobile Theft Bureau; a commissioned member of the governor of Rhode lsland’s Commission and Task Force on Arson; panel judge on Inter Company Committee on lnsurance Arbitration; corporate liaison to lnsurance Crime Prevention lnstitute; member of lnternational Association of Total Theft lnvestigators and director of Southern New England: Advisory Board Vail Technical lnstitute at Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pa.; and on the advisory board of Safelite Glass Corp. He was a hunter safety instructor in New Jersey for 11 years; troop committee chairman for Troop No. 4S Boy Scouts of America, Medford Lakes, N.J.; president and executive officer of Medford Lakes (N.J.) Rod & Gun Club; and volunteer firefighter for Hose Company No. 4, Fort Lee, N.J. Mr. Knipping served the Episcopal church as a licensed lay reader and Eucharistic minister in the Diocese of New Jersey and Rhode lsland for 31 years. He served as senior warden at St. Mathias Episcopal Church, Coventry, R.l., and a member of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Belfast, and St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Crystal River, Fla. He was a Mason and member of lonic Lodge No. 28 AF & AM, Greene, R.l., and Howard Lodge No. 69, Winterport. He was also a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Scottish Rite Valley of Providence, R.l.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Evelyn E. Knipping; two brothers, Frederick and Edward Knipping; and two sisters, Marie Muller and Dorothea K. McDonald. He is survived by one son, Richard W. Knipping Jr. and wife, Marlene, of Winterport; two daughters, Janet E. Clymer of Dunnellon, Fla., and Lisa A. Dwyer and husband, John J. Dwyer, of Pine Ridge, Fla.; six grandchildren, Dr. Richard W. Knipping III of Monmouth, Joshua T. Knipping and wife, Rachel, of Winterport, Daniel E. Clymer and wife, Rebecca, of Homosassa, Fla., Jeffrey S. Clymer and wife, Sara, of Orlando, Fla., John J. Dwyer V and Haley E. Dwyer, both of Pine Ridge, Fla.; great-granddaughter, Pasleigh R. Knipping of Winterport; as well as 10 nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 95 Court St., Belfast, where a Mass with Holy Communion will commence 11 a.m. with the Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick officiating. A reception will be afterward in St. Margaret’s parish hall. Arrangements entrusted to Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Ave., Hampden. Messages of condolence and memories may be shared through www.hampdengilpatrick.com or visit www.ferofuneralhome.com.