Joseph Kniser

Joe went to be with the Lord Monday, November 30, 2015. He grew up in North Portland where he played Little League and earned his Eagle Scout award. He attended Holy Cross Elementary and North Catholic High schools. He received a baseball scholarship to pitch for the University of Oregon and was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, graduating in 1968.


Joe worked at First Interstate Bank and Lyons Moving and Storage before returning to college in 1979 to receive his teaching credentials. He was a teacher and coach at Sandy High School for 28 years, completing a Master of Education from the University of Portland. As a personal finance teacher, he made his lessons relevant and was known for his animated stories and humor.


Joe was an active person who enjoyed sports, camping and especially fishing. He loved to fish. Family and friends meant everything to Joe. Anyone who knew Joe felt his love, acceptance and respect for them.


Joe is survived by his wife, Dorothy; sons, Kelly, Matt, Tim (Beckie) and Casey (Anne Marie); brother, John; sister, Mary Kloepfer (Jay); and grandchildren, Lucy, Tommy, Elizabeth and Andrew.


A memorial will be held for Joe at 1 P.M. THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2016, at Beaverton Foursquare Church, reception following.


Remembrances may be made in his memory to Compassion International, Attn: Gift Planning Dept., 719-487-6477 or Samaritans Purse.

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