Thomas H. Kniep

March 12, 1931 - February 16, 2021

Thomas H. Kniep


Poplar Grove, IL

Thomas H. Kniep, 89, of Poplar Grove, IL passed away peacefully early Tuesday morning, February 16, 2021 at Cherryvale Place.  Tom was born March 12, 1931 in rural Nebraska the son of Henry and Verna (Kuhr) Kniep. Tom began his banking career while in high school in 1947.  Following his graduation, he served our country during the Korean War in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1952 through 1954.  After his military service, Tom married Fayne Meyer on November 6, 1955 in Stanton, NE.  Tom and Fayne, along with their young family moved to Poplar Grove in 1962 where he established himself at Poplar Grove State Bank and enjoyed a career that spanned more than 50 years of serving the northern Illinois communities.  Tom made his spiritual home at Poplar Grove United Methodist Church and was also a long-time member of the Poplar Grove Lions Club.  When not at the bank, his favorite joy was to spend time with his family.

Tom is loved and will be missed by his wife, Fayne; sons Kevin (Sandra) Kniep and Kent (Teri) Kniep;  nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; daughter in-law Barb Kniep; son in-law, Patrick Cocquyt; brother in-law, Clayton Snover; nieces and nephews.  Tom is preceded in death by his parents, son, Kirk A. Kniep and daughter, Karen Cocquyt; sister, Carol Snover.

The walk-through visitation for Tom will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, February 26, 2021 at Poplar Grove United Methodist Church, 105 E. Grove Street, Poplar Grove, IL.  In keeping with recommended guidelines for Covid-19, face masks and social distancing will be observed.  Private family services will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at the church with Rev. Dr. Tercio B. Junker, pastor officiating. A recording of Tom’s funeral service will be available to be viewed on his obituary page at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services website.  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given in care of Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Tom’s name.  To share a memory please visit

Service Schedule

Friday, February 26, 2021
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Poplar Grove United Methodist Church


The walk-through visitation for Tom will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, February 26, 2021 at Poplar Grove United Methodist Church, 105 E. Grove Street, Poplar Grove, IL.  In keeping with recommended guidelines for Covid-19, face masks and social distancing will be observed.

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Kniep family. You have lost a great mentor and leader both to your family and the community. May you all find peace knowing that he is now in his heavenly home, still being one of God’s faithful servants. He was a great man. May he rest in peace.
Steve and Becky Roach

Stephen l Roach 2021-02-23T09:17:36

To Fayne, Kevin, Kent and family. On behalf of my family I would like to send our condolences on the passing of Tom. He was a wonderful member of the community whether it was as a banker, leader, or member of the Church. He will be sorely missed by the McLay family who were both customers and friends of him.

Joe McLay

Joe McLay 2021-02-22T20:12:42

Tom. A good man and the consummate U.S. Marine. The type you felt secure to be with and could seal a deal with a hand shake and know it would be honored. He had a welcoming smile along with a stretched out hand to greet you and a great collection of appropriate theme ties to liven up his wardrobe.
Fayne and Tom share memories of being part of great music by the church choir, and many fall weekends working to support the church potato tent. Tom was usually the cashier for the shift.
It is a privilege to know you and call you friend. Our heart felt sympathy to all the family. You have many memories to share.
Barbara and Bill Meier

Bill and Barbara Meier 2021-02-22T19:25:20

Fayne and family. Bob and I send our deepest sympathy as we heard of Tom’s passing. Fayne, I can’t help but recall all of our wonderful exchanges at church talking about dear old Nebraska, the Huskers and how Tom would always say he sure did prefer Nebraska girls :-). All the wonderful times singing in the choir together – what a blessing. We miss you. Fayne you will always be dear to our heart. Take care friend and give our love to the family.
Peggy & Bob

Bob & Peggy Fry 2021-02-22T14:29:44

Fayne & family, Heartbroken to read of Tom’s passing. You guys have been through so much. It’s just like I told you at the Y Fayne….I have such admiration for you, your deep faith & your positive attitude. Sending all my love, strength & condolences to you & your family.

Diane Brogdon
St. Petersburg, FL

Diane Brogdon 2021-02-21T12:57:26


Yvonne and I send our condolences to you and your family. Never easy to lose a parent. Be strong my friend!

Bill and Yvonne Hurckes 2021-02-21T08:41:04

Fayne and family, So sorry to hear of your loss. Tom was such a huge pillar in our little community. He will be missed. Sending prayers🙏 Hold your memories close.

Jim and Janet Salley 2021-02-20T12:10:34

Our condolences and prayers for your loss. Tom was a fixture in our community and county. He will be missed.

Jeff Reimer

Jeff Reimer 2021-02-19T20:28:35

We are so sorry for your loss. Tom had been an outstanding member of the community and very supportive to our family. Our thoughts are with you.

Joe & Roxanne Hopperstad 2021-02-19T16:38:50

So many memories of seeing Tom and Fayne at sporting events at the high school. His smile that remains etched in our memory is the one you chose for his picture. We know of three generations in our family that truly enjoyed all the good he brought to the neighborhood and community. Hugs to everyone!

Brenda & Chuck Kastning 2021-02-19T16:06:39


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