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West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

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  Ronald Keith Knepper son of the late Harold Keith Knepper and Mary Margaret Carter (Corbin) passed away on September 8, 2022 peacefully at his home in South Fork, Missouri. Ronald was born January 7, 1949, in Maryville, Missouri and was 73 years old at the time of his passing.

  He is survived by his significant other Sandy Allen, who remained by his side during his extended illness. Ronald is survived by the following family members, Sister Ramona Knepper of West Plains, Missouri, Sister Joanna Forbuss of Fenton, Missouri, Daughter Sabra Knepper of Florida, Grandson Bragan Kelly of Kansas City, Missouri, and Grandson Kieran Knepper of Florida. The family would also like to give it’s sincerest thanks to Olan Lunn, Ronald’s neighbor for his help and support during his illness. Ronald considered Olan a family member. Ronald is preceded in death by his parents and two siblings Brother Kim Knepper and Sister Wavanna Knepper.

  Ronald proudly served in the U.S. Airforce from 1968-1974 as an aircraft mechanic. Ronald was a veteran of the Vietnam war and obtained the rank of Sergeant. Ronald was employed at Marathon/Regal in West Plains for 35 years and retired from there. Ronald also worked with his father sharpening saw blades for local mills and later, after his father’s passing, ran his own sharpening business.

  Ronald enjoyed Hunting, fishing, Photography and working with his horses, dogs, and cattle. Ronald was loved by his family and friends and will be missed by all that knew him.

Graveside service for Ronald Keith Knepper will be September 15, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Amy Cemetery in Caulfield, Missouri. Under the directions of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in West Plains, Missouri.



  1. Cindy Brammer
    September 13, 2022 @ 9:18 pm

    So sorry to all . Ron was my boss. He was a good person. Hugs to the family

  2. Travis Wheeler
    September 13, 2022 @ 10:15 pm

    Went to school with him. @ South Fork & WPHS he was a good guy sorry for his death.

  3. Gould Ron W.
    September 15, 2022 @ 5:26 am

    Prayers for the family. My wife Linda and I went to High School with Ron. He bought hay from us as we live close by.

  4. Mary Barks
    September 15, 2022 @ 5:42 pm

    So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing he was my lead my at Marathon ,a fair man.

  5. Rick Pliler
    September 15, 2022 @ 7:18 pm

    Sorry to hear of the passing of Ron. Worked with Ron at Marathon/Regal for alot of years, always enjoyed talking and joking with him both at work and occasionally in town. He was always working, not only at Marathon but also at his saw sharpening business. Lost touch with him but always considered him a friend. He was a good guy, his wit and knowledge were what set him apart from others. He will be missed by many.

  6. Gertie Jett
    September 15, 2022 @ 11:09 pm

    Mona and Joanna, so sorry for your loss.

  7. Donna Spencer
    September 16, 2022 @ 12:07 pm

    So sorry for your lost. Ron was a good guy. He was always kind to me.

  8. Bob & Bill Cobb
    September 17, 2022 @ 11:44 am

    Worked with Ron at Rees Pallet Mill

  9. Dustin King
    September 20, 2022 @ 4:16 am

    I’ll always remember going out to the farm as a kid and uncel Ron would take me to his pond and go fishing.I’ll miss christmas mornings going out to his house with the family and eating until i couldnt stand up.He was always smiling and joking about how he was going to put a rock on my head to stop me from growing. He was always full of love and never left me without some type of laugh. I’ll miss you. I know you’re with grandma right now looking down on me. I love you Uncel Ron.