Walter Ferdinand Knerr

1933 - 2018


Walter Ferdinand Knerr, 85 yrs, of Petersburg, MI, died Wednesday August 8, 2018. Friends may call at the Capaul Funeral Home, Ida, MI, Friday, August 10, 2018 from 11 AM until the services at 1 PM. Pastor Ted Kerr III will officiate from Peace of Peace Lutheran Church, Ida, MI. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Petersburg, MI.


Born July 27, 1933, in Dearborn, MI. Walter was the son of Volpert "Joe" and Helene "Leni" (Buehler) Knerr. He was a 1951 Summerfield Township High School Graduate. Walter served with the US Marines Corps. from June 4, 1951- June 3, 1954. He married Gloria Wachter on July 31, 1954, in Pittsburgh, PA. Gloria died March 4, 2010. He was a Union Carpenter, working for Michigan, Canada, Ohio, Texas and Colorado. He began his carpenter apprenticeship in 1956, he then taught Apprenticeship from 1958-1961, he worked out of Local 1301, Monroe, MI, Local 118, Detroit, MI and Local 687 SE, MI. He was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Alcoholics Anonymous and the American Legion. Walter loved: mowing his large yard; pines; orchard and pond area; riding his stationary bicycle; operating his loader in woods and trails, reading especially the Bible; taking care of his heirloom vineyard; fishing for perch and deer hunting; staying in touch with all of his German relatives and visiting there; talking and telling stories; walking his dog "Tina"; his service in the Marine Corps; his sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous; his family dearly, including all the relatives from Pittsburgh. He ran his own wood business that he just recently retired from. He was proud of the Carpenters Union especially his work as an Union Steward and President of Local 1301 while building the Detroit Edison Plant in Monroe, MI.


Survivors include: sons, Karl (Deb), Eric (Rachele), Kurt (Hideko); a daughter, Laura Marie Knerr; grandchildren, Kayla Knerr, Kyle Knerr, Kirk Knerr, Amber Stacey; great-grandchild, Asher and a step-great-grandchild, Ashton. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Gloria, a sister, Helen Babcock and 2 step-grandsons, Jason and Ryan.


Memorial contributions can be made to: Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department.