Lee Knitter

Lee Roy Knitter

Wednesday, August 21st, 1940 - Friday, June 19th, 2020
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Lee R. Knitter, 79, of St. Joseph, passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2020, at his home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Southwest Michigan. Those wishing to leave a condolence online may do so at

Lee was born on August 21, 1940, to Elmer & Evelyn (Kempton) Knitter in Benton Harbor. He graduated from New Troy High School and then continued perfecting his craft of carpentry at trade schools. On May 31, 1983, Lee married the love of his life Nicke Statler at Little Chapel of the West in Las Vegas, NV. Lee worked as a carpenter and teacher, where he would teach others carpentry skills at apprentice schools. After retirement, he worked for St. Joseph Township where he enjoyed taking care of the local city parks.

Lee was an avid sports fan and enjoyed cheering on the University of Michigan, Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers and Red Wings. Lee also had a passion for playing golf, but most of all, Lee loved to spend his time with his family.

Lee is survived by his wife of 37 years Nicke Knitter of St. Joseph; children, Kevin (Kris) Knitter of DeWitt, Brian Knitter of Lansing and Jeff Knitter of AZ; step-daughters, Shannon Harris Murphy of St. Joseph and Heather (Hocine) Harris Benchouk of Paris, France; grandchildren, Allix, Sydney, Ryan, Nyla and Laith; and brother Gene (Kim) Knitter of Richmond, VA.

Lee was preceded in death by his parents Elmer & Evelyn Knitter.
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Michael Morse (All of us at benton Electronics)

Posted at 09:44am
Dear Nicke. We am so sorry to hear about Lee's passing. He was a wonderful person and you two had many good years together. We love you, Nicke. Mike, Ryn, Ryan, and Stella Morse. Benton Electronics.


Posted at 05:21pm
Mrs. Knitter : Very saddened to read about Lee. I worked with him when he was an apprentice for John Greenman and again at the Cook plant where we were both foreman. He was one very smart carpenter and a good B.A. plus a super nice guy. I'm sure that all that knew him will mourn his passing. Ron Cerecke

Mark Blake

Posted at 08:12pm
Lee was fun to work with at SJ high school. I liked teasing him about the U of M football team. He will be missed. Mark Blake

Patricia Statler

Posted at 05:03pm
Lee Knitter was married to my sister. He was very devoted to her and her daughters. Their fist Granddaughter Allix always referred to Lee affectionately as Pa.
My favorite memory of Lee was his laugh. I can still hear his laugh when I think of him. Every time I remember it, it makes me smile
Lee embraced all of us into his life. I always felt welcomed in their home. Anytime I was in town I knew I always had a place to stay.
I'm glad Lee's suffering is over and he no longer has to endure the pain caused by his illness. Rest easy Lee you are sorely missed.


Jim Hahn

Posted at 03:50pm
So sorry to see this news. Lee was a friend, teacher and mentor to me and to countless others. He was a good man who will be long remembered and missed by many. My condolences to Nicke and the family.
Jim Hahn

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