Benjamin Kanipes, age 79 of the Marlow Community, passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. He was born on April 25, 1940 in the Marlow Community. He was an Army Veteran stationed in Germany and worked as a Welder for Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local #189 for over 40 years in Ohio. Benjamin lived in Starke, Florida for 10 years before moving back to East Tennessee.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Maxie Kanipes; son, Johnny Kanipes; sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Fate Harper.
Survivors include his children, John Kohler, Stacy Kanipes, Benjamin Kanipes Jr., Penny Kanipes, Marty Kanipes, Jason Kanipes, Cheyanne Kanipes, and Dakota Kanipes; step-daughter, Janie Milliken; grandchildren, Jaxsen, Maddox, and Mikayla Kanipes, Pam Kohler, and John Kohler Jr.; great-grandchildren, Isaiah Kohler, Sabrina and Sean Hicks, Paul and Ben Kohler.
A visitation will be held from 6-8 pm on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Premier Sharp Funeral Home. The family will speak at 8 pm.Premier Sharp Funeral Home is proudly serving the Kanipes family and we invite you to share a message of condolence to the family at www.sharpfh.com