Tuesday January 8, 2019
2:00 PM
The funeral service will be held in St. John’s Presbyterian Church (504 2nd Street SE) on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Jeffrey Lackie officiating.
Interment will take place at 1:00 p.m. at Hillside Cemetery. Those who wish to attend the graveside are asked to meet at the main gate to cemetery at 12:45 p.m.
In memory of
Bill Lee Knibbs
August 24, 1934 - January 03, 2019 - Age 84

Bill Lee Knibbs passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2019, at the age of 84 years, beloved husband of Ann Marie Knibbs of Medicine Hat. He also leaves to cherish his memory two sons Jason (Sharon) Knibbs and Allan (Athena) Knibbs; two grandchildren Ilan Knibbs and Quinn Knibbs; one sister Gail Sanderson of Calgary; two sisters-in-law, Maxine Knibbs and Sylvia Knibbs as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Hazel and John Knibbs; six brothers, Gerald, Jack, Lloyd, Rex, Pat and Bert; two sisters, Loraine and Vivian. Born on August 24, 1934 in Grassy Lake Alberta, Bill was the youngest boy of 10 children. While he loved growing up on the family farm (“The Old Coulee Home”), farming life wasn’t for him so he decided to further his education to become a teacher. Receiving his Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta, he taught several years in Taber before leaving for the United States to continue his education. Bill received degrees from Fresno State in California and the University of North Carolina. He also studied toward a doctorate degree in Baltimore Maryland. He returned to Canada to work for the Saskatchewan Government in Humbolt where he met his future wife Ann Marie Voth, who was a public health nurse there. From Humbolt they moved to Saskatoon where he taught at SIAS, then to Cariboo College in Kamloops, British Columbia and Olds College before settling at Medicine Hat College. Bill’s educational travels gained him lifelong friendships, many of which he continued right up until the end. Bill thoroughly enjoyed Canadian Football and was a passionate Calgary Stampeders fan. He loved reading and was heavily into researching his family tree, spending long hours discovering his ancestry with his beloved nieces. Bill’s favorite time of the year was spring and summer so he could look after flowerbeds and backyards for the many people he considered friends. Ann would like to thank all their friends and family who visited Bill at the hospital during dialysis and his brief stays, it meant a lot to both of them. The funeral service will be held in St. John’s Presbyterian Church (504 2nd Street SE) on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Jeffrey Lackie officiating. Interment will take place at 1:00 p.m. at Hillside Cemetery. Those who wish to attend the graveside are asked to meet at the main gate to cemetery at 12:45 p.m. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Grasslands Naturalists Box 2491 Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 8G8 or to the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Clinic (make cheques payable to the Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation) 666 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4H6 - specify on cheque: Margery E. Yuill Cancer Clinic or to the St. John’s Presbyterian Church Building Fund 504 2nd Street SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 0C5. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: [email protected] subject heading: Bill Knibbs.

Message from Marilyn and Elmer Doerksen January 04, 2019

We were so saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. We have fond memories of him at St. John’s Church and the visits we would have as we met you while out and about in Medicine Hat. We so appreciated your visit to Hays for Mom’s birthday party years ago. Bill was larger than life and we can’t help but smile when we think of him. May your hearts be filled with peace during this sad time. Hugs to you all. With our sympathy from Elmer and Marilyn Doerksen

Marilyn and Elmer Doerksen
Message from Doris Wutzke January 05, 2019

Our sincere sympathies to you, Ann, and your family in the loss of a great man. Robert & Doris Wutzke

Doris Wutzke
Message from Tom & Coreen Thacker January 05, 2019

So sorry we won’t be able to attend..but have so many great memories of such a special uncle. From the Reno Rendezvous to organizing time capsules and highway clean-ups..wild smear games and laughter. He has left a memory on our hearts..TIL we meet again

Tom & Coreen Thacker
Message from Joyce and Stan January 05, 2019

Ann, Jason, Allan, and families.....we are so sad that Bill is gone. His energy and great enthusiasm for life will be greatly missed. Have tried to reach you a few times, but know that our thoughts and love are with you.

Joyce and Stan
Message from Darrel and Linda Knibbs January 06, 2019

We are so sorry for your loss. Bill was such an important part of the Knibbs family. He will be greatly missed.

Darrel and Linda Knibbs
Message from Brian and Heather Lazzer January 06, 2019

Thinking of you Ann and family. Bill was a great man and a friend to many. Cherish those wonderful memories you made together.

Brian and Heather Lazzer
Message from Janice Anderson January 07, 2019

I am so saddened for all of Bill's family. He was so proud of all of you and his family roots.
Bill and I worked together at Olds College and then later at Medicine Hat College. We kept in touch by phone and he would give me monthly updates about his family and mutual friends, and share his views on politics. Bill had a great laugh and a keen sense of fun and humour.
Sorry I won't be able to attend the service in his honour. My thoughts are with his family whom he loved so much.

Janice Anderson
Message from Casey & Susan Boutkan January 07, 2019

Our deepest sympathies to you Ann & your family.

Casey & Susan Boutkan
Message from Michael and Catherine Stol January 07, 2019

So sorry and saddened to hear of Bill's passing. We have many wonderful memories of times spent with Bill and Ann. Bill had a voracious appetite for life and lived his life largely and loudly and with great joy. We were the recipients of many of his kind deeds and compassionate acts. Always in his presence there was laughter and great conversation. We will miss him and send our deepest sympathies to Ann and the family. His vibrant Christian faith kept him close to his Creator his whole life and will lead him back home again.

Michael and Catherine Stol
Message from Sharon Clay January 07, 2019

I was as very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He was "the man with the mop" for myself and my aunt for a number of years. I was always impressed with his enthusiasm for life and his optimistic outlook, even through his illnesses. The trip down the South Saskatchewan during his radiation treatments, and even coming to clean on days he had to be in Lethbridge for his treatments have left a lasting impression on me. He was so proud of his grandchildren--every time I saw him, he had pictures to show and stories to tell--especially after trips to visit them, or when they came here. I will miss seeing him at concerts--he loved his music. My condolences to Ann and your family--he loved you all.

Sharon Clay
Message from Adele Jardine January 08, 2019

I will always remember those good times we all had at the Calgary Stampeder Games and the fun times with Barb, Joan, Margie (from 1601) and Bill's friends when I was living in Calgary in the early 1960s. We called him "Brother Bill". We were all so happy for him when he met and married Ann. I have enjoyed his Annual Christmas Letters about his lovely family. My deepest sympathy to Ann and family - you are in my thoughts and prayers. Adele Jardine now living back home on P. E. I.

Adele Jardine
Message from Dave Cruickshank January 08, 2019

Bill was an inspiration to everyone. A dedicated husband, father and grandfather. He had a work ethic I could only dream of, and he always had a smile on his face and a spring in his step. Every time we crossed paths, it was a joy, and I can only say that he was an inspiration to me. He will be sorely missed.

Dave Cruickshank