Trio of Madison-area Culver's restaurants donate day's sales to murder victim's family


Three Madison-area Culver's restaurants donated their proceeds to the family of 56-year-old Christ Kneubuehl, who died of a heart attack during an early morning armed robbery at the chain's Todd Drive location in June.

Kneubuehl and three other men were working on a flooring project in the Culver's at 2102 West Beltline Highway when two armed robbers entered the store from a back door about 3 a.m. on June 27.

During a news conference the day of the incident, Madison police Chief Mike Koval called the crime vile, despicable and said Kneubuehl, who went by "Chris," was "literally scared to the point of death."

On Saturday, the Todd Drive restaurant, plus Culver's locations in McFarland and on Cottage Grove Road on Madison's east side donated the day's sales to Kneubuehl's family.

Paul Kneubuehl, Chris' brother, co-owns the Cottage Grove Road Culver's.

"It's been amazing to see the community support," he said of the large turnout at the three locations. "My brother would be so happy to know that so many people supported him."

Plenty of people, both in front of and behind the counter, went out of their way to take part in the fundraiser.

"We made a special effort (to come)," customer Rocky Redepenning said. "My wife and I, 3 hours ago, were in Green Bay at a high school graduation for a friend. We tried our darndest to get here in time. We're glad we made it."

"I've had employees that left employment here...and they were willing to come back and work and share in this day," Paul Kneubuehl said.

All funds will benefit Kneubuehl's four children. He was also survived by his partner, Lisa and his parents and siblings.

Police have arrested two men in connection with Kneubuehl's death.

Nicholas A. Ivy, 32, was arrested on suspicion of felony murder and armed robbery June 30. He was identified by DNA found at the crime scene, police said. Forensic investigators said they were able to quickly match the DNA with DNA from Ivy which was on file.

Xavier Fleming, 25, was arrested July 6 for an armed robbery, but he is also a person of interest in the Culver’s robbery on June 27, in which 56-year-old Christ Kneubuehl died.