Written by The Wolf Point Herald
Tyler Reaves Kniepkamp, 19, died Wednesday, May 15, 2013.
He was born on Sept. 9, 1993, to Mike and Kathy (Miller) Kniepkamp. He attended Circle High School in Circle, graduating with the class of 2012.
Following high school, he moved to Butte, where he had just finished his first year of college at Montana Tech of the University of Montana, pursuing a degree in petroleum engineering.
His hobbies included coyote hunting with his dad, hunting, fishing, puttering with engines, watching football, visiting with family and friends and boating and snowmobiling.
He always enjoyed and appreciated his mom’s good food and was looking forward to a summer of home-cooked meals. He was an awesome cook himself and was famous for his breakfast sandwich.
Enjoying the opportunity to work on vehicles, he liked his job at Rick’s Body Shop, always having fun working with and teasing Chad Gardner. He also helped area farmers and ranchers during branding and in the fields.
As an ambitious little boy, he liked working outside with his dad, uncles and grandpa, often times spending an afternoon in the tractor. For many summers, he worked at auctions with his extended family.
This summer was to be his second year working construction for Mid-Rivers.
All who knew him were taken in by his charm, thoughtfulness, independence, ambition and wit. His charm extended to all generations; he was as comfortable with his peers as he was with a 90-year-old, a baby or any age in between. He could bring a smile to the faces and hearts of all with his considerate nature.
He was a give-it-his-all type of guy, which was evidenced during his high school football career. He won many awards and was selected to play in the Bob Cleavery Class C football game. He was very proud of once receiving the game ball, in recognition of his passion for the game, which he gave to the person he called “his hero,” Grandpa Kniepkamp. During his school career, he was in choir, track, basketball, football and National Honor Society. He was a member of First Lutheran Church.
He always enjoyed time with his family and was very close to his parents and sisters.
He is survived by his parents, Mike and Kathy Kniepkamp; sisters, Tara Bjornson of Minot, N.D., and Katie Kniepkamp of Dickinson, N.D.; grandmother, Marie Miller of Glendive; grandfather, Stan Kniepkamp of Lindsay; and his little redhead gal, Shelby Mallin.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 20, at First Lutheran Church in Circle with Pastor Nathan Hall officiating.