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K.L. Sharp Funeral Home
Thursday September 25th, 2014

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R. Henry Knickerbocker

R. Henry Knickerbocker, 90, of Cincinnatus, NY, passed away at his home on Saturday, September 20, 2014, while surrounded by his family.

Henry was born in Cincinnatus, NY on June 25, 1924, the son of the late Edwin and Helen Murray Knickerbocker.  A lifelong resident of the area, he was a member of the United Presbyterian Church of Cincinnatus.  He was a veteran of WWII, having served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was a member and Past Commander of the Knickerbocker American Legion Post #596.  He retired from the U.S. Post Office after several years of service.  In 1960, he established the Knickerbocker Country Club where he continued to take care of the grounds for over 50 years.  Throughout the years, Henry has enlightened many individuals to the game of golf, some of whom went on to establish their own golf courses.  He was a member and Past Master of the Otselic Valley F&AM #659 and a recipient of the Dedicated Service Award.  He had also served as the Cortland County Republican Chairman, past president of the Cincinnatus School Board, board member for the Cortland County BBC, and for over 30 years served as the president of the BOCES Board.  In addition, he was a life member and Past Chief of the Cincinnatus Fire Department.  For several years, Henry graciously contributed to the overall betterment of the Cincinnatus community through his donation of land for such causes as the Cincinnatus Emergency Squad Building, the Cincinnatus Bus Garage and others.  A loving husband, father, and grandfather, he will be dearly missed by his family and many friends.

Henry leaves behind his loving wife, Brenda Baldwin Knickerbocker; and his five sons, Donald (Pam) Knickerbocker of Cortland, Robert Knickerbocker of Lansing, MI, Mark Knickerbocker, Todd (Sharon Waters) Knickerbocker, and Kim (Cheryl) Knickerbocker, all of Cincinnatus.  He also leaves behind his stepchildren, David (Kimberly Coye) Brown and Steven (Cindy) Brown, all of Preble, and Karen (Peter) Lottridge of Marathon; his brothers, Donald (Ruth) Knickerbocker of Cortland and Francis (Ann) Knickerbocker of South Otselic; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a special nephew, Richard Knickerbocker of N. Potomac, MD, as well as several other nieces, nephews, and cousins; and special friends, Kevin and Luann King and Tom and Sandy Rausa, all of Cincinnatus.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Patricia Knickerbocker, in 1986; brothers, Malcolm and Richard Knickerbocker; and a sister, Jean White.

Funeral services will be held at the United Presbyterian Church of Cincinnatus on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor George Carruth and Fred M.S. Downs officiating.  Burial, with military honors, will be in Cincinnatus Cemetery.  The family will be present to receive friends at the K.L. Sharp Funeral Home, Cincinnatus, NY on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. where a Masonic service will be held at 7:30 p.m.  The family has requested that expressions of sympathy in memory of Henry be directed to a local organization that will enhance the overall betterment of the Cincinnatus and surrounding communities.

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Dear Don, Bob, Mark, Todd, Kim and families:
I am so saddened to hear of your dad's passing. He was a really great person, his smile infectious, his generosity and hospitality heartwarming. Henry and your mom, Pat were so much a part of our family's great time living in Cincinnatus! He will be sadly missed by all!

Rich Mueller Sep 22 2016 12:00 AM

so sorry for your loss, sending my deepest sympathies to you all, your dad was a wonderful and kind man and will be missed greatly

lynn wood Sep 30 2014 12:00 AM

A caring reminder that the Knickerbocker family are close in my thoughts and heartfelt sympathy goes out to you.

We will all miss Henry.


Janice Fritz Murphy Sep 28 2014 12:00 AM

Our condolences to all the family. Henry was a great man, and we have many fond memories of time spent at KCC with him and the family.

Ron and Margaret Smith, Jeff & Christine Sep 27 2014 12:00 AM

I am sorry to read of your loss.  My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time!  Joe Haskell

Joe Haskell Sep 24 2014 12:00 AM

Henry, our neighbor and friend, we loved you, Pat, and all the family dearly. Your work on earth is done. Rest in peace.

Bill & Sally Swisher Sep 24 2014 12:00 AM

Brenda and family,
Henry will be missed by all who had the honor of knowing him. Jeff and I send our thoughts and prayers to you all.

Debbie Holtmart/Jeff peck Sep 24 2014 12:00 AM


We were very sorry to hear about your Father.  Please know that as time passes, your Father will remain with you in your thoughts and prayers everyday.  I know that he was a very special person and touched so many people throughout his life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.


Mark and Becky Dantonio
Michigan State Football

Mark and Becky Dantonio Sep 24 2014 12:00 AM

To the Knickerbocker Family
  Debbie and I are saddened by your loss.  We are and will remain proud to have known your Dad.  And as a friend , may we say how grateful we are to you, his family, for sharing with us and the community his presence, kindness and loyalty.
   We will miss him.

Charles Flint Sep 24 2014 12:00 AM

Dear Bob, Don, Mark, Todd and Kim,

Please accept my deepest sympathy.

Your father was a tremendous person who was completely dedicated to his family, friends and his community.  He may have lived in the small town of Cincinnatus, but his reach and impact was far and wide.  His community service alone, especially his dedication to public education is truly impressive.  He was a person who understood that helping others is one of life's most important tasks.  

Years ago, when I would visit Knickerbocker Country Club in the summer months with Bob, I loved when Henry would sit down at the piano and pound out famous songs without a page of sheet music in front of him.  And, I remember him mowing and grooming the golf course for hours, day after day.  He was so intelligent and creative, always involved in project upon project.  Knickerbocker Country Club is a testament to this creativity.

Although this is a tremendously sad time for each of you, please try to take comfort in knowing that you were so blessed to have had a father who was  greatly admired and one who positively impacted the lives of many individuals.

His legacy will live through each of you.

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Knickerbocker family at this time.

Joey Spano

Joey Spano Sep 24 2014 12:00 AM

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