William Leonard (Billy) Knipper, 57, passed away January 12, 2018, at Select Specialty Hospital in Akron after a lengthy hospital stay and diabetes complications. He was born November 22, 1960, in Detroit, Michigan to William F. Knipper and Shirleyann (Feher) Giesy.
Billy was a 1979 graduate of Jefferson High School. During his high school years he developed a love of horses and harness racing while working as a groom at the Ashtabula Co. Fair grounds. Billy was a talented carpenter but his beloved horses called him back to fulfill his lifetime career as a trainer. He traveled the harness horse racing circuit but made his home at Northfield Park as trainer/owner of Billy Knipper Stables.
Billy was preceded in death by his father, William Knipper; his maternal grandparents, William and Irene Feher; and his paternal grandparents, Cyril and Frances Knipper.
He is survived by his mother, Shirley (Donald) Giesy of Cortland; brother Brian (Sandy) Knipper of Roaming Shores; sister Margie (Jeff) Tokarsky of Canton; aunts; uncles; nephews; great nephew; cousins; and step-siblings.
A memorial service officiated by Rev. Carl Kish will be held at the Paine Funeral Home, Inc., 140 E. Main St., Orwell, OH 44076 on Friday, January 26th at 12:00 pm. Visitation will take place prior to the service at the funeral home from 11:00 to 11:45am.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Northeast Ohio (JDFR) or Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, NY. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Condolences may be made at painefuneralhome.com
Published on January 16, 2018