GENESEE, PA – Leslie E. Knickerbocker, 81, passed away at home Thursday (Aug. 4, 2016) following a lengthy illness.Mr. Knickerbocker was born on April 2, 1935 in Harrison Valley, Pa. to Elmer and Lorina (Jeffers) Knickerbocker. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. He married Jane F. Riley, who predeceased him on May 10, 2013.
Leslie worked as a welder for Morrison & Knutzen in Hornell. Additionally, he owned and operated a small machine repair shop in Genesee.
Les is survived by three sons, Scott (April) Knickerbocker and Randy (Esther) Knickerbocker, both of Elkland, Pa. and Steve (Angie) Knickerbocker of S.C.; two daughters, Roxanne (Tim) Huntley and Leslie Knickerbocker, both of Elkland; two step-sons, Willis (Kelly) Haring of Roulette, Pa. and Matthew (Rebecca) Haring of Va.; one step-daughter, Lori (Kevin) Pierce of Scio; and a granddaughter, Erica (Gary) Bliss and her son, Darryn Soule, whom he raised as his own.
Additionally, he is survived by two brothers, Larry (Tammy) Knickerbocker and Robert (Charlene) Knickerbocker; six sisters, Naomi (Robert) Moon, Regina (David) Birdsell, Sandra (Allen) Cook, Darlene (Edward) McNett, Rosella (George) Barker and Shirley (Robert) Gee; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by five brothers, Guy Knickerbocker, Willard Knickerbocker, Milford Knickerbocker, Ray Knickerbocker and James Knickerbocker; and two sisters, Alverta McConnell and Vivian Knickerbocker.
Les was an avid big time hunter and fisherman. He loved country and western music, especially when playing his mandolin or guitar while performing in local bands. He was the highlight of all the family get togethers. Les was also well known as a generous talker. He enjoyed a captive audience while he shared his many stories.
Visitation will be held on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home, 3256 Riverside Drive in Wellsville. The funeral service will be held on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home immediately following the visitation with Rev. Mel Ternes of the Solid Rock Bible Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Genesee Cemetery in Genesee, Pa. with full military honors. Online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com.