has died, according to the Daily Herald.A long-time public works director for the city of Wheaton, remembered by his wife as being "the people's man of Wheaton,"
Joseph R. Knippen, Sr., was the director of public works for Wheaton for 40 years, was active with the Wheaton Center for History and "supported the quality of life and growth of the City of Wheaton," according to his obituary.
Knippen's son Steven Knippen said his father was "like an encyclopedia when it came to talking about Wheaton," and the Daily Herald reports Knippen could recall downtown businesses from decades ago.
Visitations for Knippen were held this past Monday, according to his obituary.
Read more on the Daily Herald or in Knippen's obituary.