Ed was born September 21, 1941, in Elyria, and attended McKinley School, St. Mary’s, St. Jude’s and graduated from Elyria Catholic in 1959. While in high school, he belonged to a car club called the Drifters. He was employed by Fisher Foods as a meat cutter from 1958 through 1965. He then joined B.F. Goodrich in Avon Lake, where he worked until retiring in 1996.
He enjoyed traveling, fishing, model trains and spending time with his family. He belonged to CV & WS Model RR Club, Lorain County Train Club, NMRA and Division 4. He and his wife, Diane, traveled on trains throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Lorain.
He is survived by his wife, Diane (Weber); daughters, Mary Ann (Greg) Winger of Avon, Threse Novotny of North Ridgeville, Laurie (Kevin) Cullen of Lincoln, Rhode Island, Karen (Michael) O’Hara of Beverly Hills, Michigan and Tracey Kopp of Amherst; as well as his grandchildren, Joseph and Hannah Winger, Andrew and Christopher Novotny, Lindsay, Meghan and Timothy Cullen, Jack, Patrick and Colin O’Hara, Sierra, Shelby and Stevie Kopp. Also surviving are his sisters, Sherry (Rick) Stetson of Elyria, Christine Wright of Elyria; and brother, Mark Knipper of Wichita Falls, Texas; as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Michael and Stephen; his sister, Gwen; his brother, Gregory; and his parents, Edward Knipper and Ann (Maiher) Knipper.
Visitation will be held Friday, January 3, 2014, from 3 to 8 P.M., at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home, 2150 Broadway, Lorain. Closing prayers will be at the funeral home at 9:20 A.M., Saturday, January 4, 2014, followed by services at St. Mary’s Church, 8th and Reid Ave., Lorain, at 10 A.M., with Father James Becherer officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery at a later date.