December 1930 – January 2019_x000D_
Arthur Lester Knapp, 88, of Turlock, passed away quietly surrounded by his loving family early Monday morning. Loving husband, father, papa, great-papa, brother and friend. He was loved by all and will be greatly missed.
Art was born in White Plains, NY to Francis and Martha Knapp. At 9 months of age Frank & Martha with Art drove to Turlock, CA where Martha’s family resided. Art held various positions through the years, from truck driver, Fuller Brush Salesmen, Street Sweeper Operator, then retiring after 23 years of service from the City of Turlock. Art was a longtime member of New Life Christian Center and actively involved in ministry from ushering to greeting.
Art is survived by his daughter Barbara (Bud) Smith of San Jose, son Mark ( Marti) Knapp of Turlock, daughter Michelle (Bob) Perkins of Hilmar, daughter Marci (Jeff) Brown of Denair, 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, brothers Bob Knapp, Howard Knapp, Leroy Knapp. Art is preceded in death by his wife, Carol Knapp.
Visitation will be at Allen Mortuary from 4-6 pm on Monday, January 28. A private graveside will be held at Turlock Memorial Park. Celebration of Life service will be at Allen Mortuary at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, January 29.
Memorial contributions can be made to New Life Christian Center “Move Initiative”.
Please leave memories and condolences at www.allenmortuary.com
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Patty (Spann) Oliver saysJanuary 29, 2019 at 5:01 pm
I met Art and the family when I was 12 years old and moved into the house next to them on Orange Ave. in Turlock. Lost touch after high school but reconnected in the late 90’s when he did some handyman work for my aunt. What fun it was to talk about when we were teenagers. He came from a truly, lovely family. My sympathies to Leroy, Howard, Bob and their families.
Bob & Jenelle Guinn saysJanuary 28, 2019 at 12:06 am
Art and Carol Knapp have always been inspirations to us! You rarely saw one without the other! Love for others seemed to flow from them- I felt it! Carol was my prayer warrior and I’m sure she shared with Art so I know he was praying too! He will be dearly missed!
Pam & Daryl Parker saysJanuary 25, 2019 at 5:04 pm
We will miss Art. When we first started going to New Life Christian Center, Art And Carol were the first people we met, and they always made us feel so welcome. We looked forward to seeing their smiling faces each Sunday, as they welcomed us at the door. We’ve missed Carol since she’s been gone, and we will miss Art ~ they were such special people. But at least they are together now. And I have a feeling when we leave this life, they’ll be welcoming us into Heaven, too!
Holly Greene saysJanuary 24, 2019 at 8:55 pm
My heart is sad that Art has left this earthly life, but glad that he is re-united with his beloved Carol. He was always so sweet and kind to me and that is what I’ll remember always.