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William W. Knapp, III, 82

William White “Bill” Knapp III, age 82, of Coon Rapids, and formerly of Waverly, passed away Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Health & Rehab of New Brighton.

He was born Dec. 11, 1931, in Philadelphia, PA, the son of William W. Knapp Jr. and Eleanor Gillespie Knapp.

William honorably served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.

He was joined in holy marriage with Ruth Kallman Dec. 20, 1952, at the 1st Covenant Church in Minneapolis. God blessed their marriage with four children.

Bill was formerly employed with the State of Minnesota Department of Transportation doing road construction work.

He enjoyed motorcycles, oil painting, sail boating, fishing, his 1968 Mustang, and family vacations; and was very active in many church activities.

Bill is survived by his wife, Ruth Knapp; three children: Dana Lawrence, Judy (Tim) Ernst, and Janelle Hartness; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; five nieces; four nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Julie Benson; his parents, William W. Knapp Jr. and Eleanor G. Knapp; and by a brother, Sanford.

Funeral services took place Wednesday, April 30 at 11 a.m. at Albion Evangelical Free Church, rural Cokato. Pastor Russ Benson of Albion Ev. Free, and Pastor Steve Fawcett of Pathway’s Community Church in Ramsey, officiated. Linda Groos was the pianist, Interment with military rites by the Minnesota Army National Guard followed at the Swedish Mission Cemetery in Buffalo. The bugler, Rob Serverson, was from Bugler’s Across America.

There was visitation at the church, one hour prior to the services.

Honorary casket bearers were Bill’s six granddaughters: Harmony Knowles, Molly Pena, Carrie Hoger, Melissa Lind, Megan Clark, and Kaelyn Benson.

Casket bearers were Bill’s six grandsons: David B. Knapp, Andrew Knapp, Ryan Ernst, Justin Ernst, Adam Ernst, and Aaron Benson.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.

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