George Dan Knipe, 93, died Friday, November 10, 2017 at Edgewood Spring Creek in Fruitland, Idaho.
He leaves his sister, Myrna Tarleton; niece, Judy Miller and husband, John; nephews, Christopher and Steven Tarleton; niece, Teresa Warrington and husband, Sam Warrington; great nephew, Andrew Warrington and great niece, Megan Warrington; nephew, Theron T. Gough and wife, Lisa; and nephew, Thom Gough.
Dan was born in Boise on January 10, 1924, he was raised in Sweet and Nampa, Idaho, the son of Everett B. and Mabel J. Knipe. He was a lifelong resident of Nampa, Idaho.
After graduating from Nampa High School in 1942, he entered the College of Idaho in the fall of 1942. Between February 1943 and February 1944 Mr. Knipe enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon where he studied math and physics for the Military then transferred to the field of communications. He attended other military sponsored courses at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, June 1944 - Oct 1944 where he studied communications equipment and became Commissioned 2nd LT. as a Communications Officer; November 1944 - July 1945 went on to attend Harvard/MIT Radar School in Cambridge, Massachusetts to study electronics where he graduated as an Electronics Officer; from July1945 to September 1945 completed a military course Advanced Airborne Radar Sets thus being awarded additional MOS: Radar Maintenance and Repair Officer. On discharge he then returned to the College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho from September 1946 - June 1949 where he earned his B.A. in Math. While enrolled at College of Idaho he was a Beta Chi fraternity member and he was the Vice President of the Radio Club.
After completing college, Mr. Knipe entered the U.S. Air Force at Scott AFB in Illinois; as a Communications Officer during the Korean War in August 1951, where he taught Air Force officers the theory and operations of radio transmitters, receivers and antennas. His Air Force career ended February 1953 and he went on to serve in the civilian world where he spent 5 years with Consolidated Electrodynamics Corporation; a subsidiary of Bell & Howell, in addition to Bell & Howell, Pasadena, California.
Mr. Knipe once said of his occupation preferences that his parents encouraged him to be whatever he wanted to be and he listed four occupations in which he would like to have earned his living. His first choice was to own a small manufacturing plant in order to be his own boss and produce a quality product; second choice was to become a college professor (Math or Physics) as he had a strong interest in the subject matter and he enjoyed these activities; third choice was to become a research lab worker because he loved participating in the evolution of new ideas and he found that to be very exciting and greatly satisfying; and his fourth choice was to become an Army Officer because he enjoyed a ceremonious and precisely ordered life.
In April 1965, Mr. Knipe moved back to Nampa, Idaho to help tend to the family homestead due to his father’s illness where he operated the family farm and raised beef cattle until entering retirement in 1998. Upon retirement, he moved to Parma, Idaho to be with his sister, Margaret Gough. Both he and his sister entered Edgewood Spring Creek where they lived out the final months of their life.
An amateur radio enthusiast, Dan was a member of the American Radio Relay League. His call letters were W7IGE. Dan spent 30 years devising new circuit arrangements, mostly applicable to high frequency radio communications, and building them to see if they work as expected. He held an advanced class Amateur Operator/Station license.
W7IGE signing off.
Mr. Knipe will be laid to rest at the Emmett Cemetery surrounded by immediate family. Arrangements are under the care of Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. Condolences may be shared at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com.