Gordon Knapp, 73, of rural Ottertail

Published 8:33am Wednesday, October 3, 2012 Updated 12:37pm Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Gordon Knapp, 73, of rural Ottertail, formerly of Foxhome, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at his residence.

He was born April 12, 1939, in Fergus Falls, the son of Charles Harry and Gertrude Thelma (Duenow) Knapp. Gordie attended rural grade school in Andrea Township and completed eighth grade at Foxhome Elementary School.


In 1957, he graduated from Morris Agricultural High School.

From 1957 to 1963, he served his country in the U.S. Army Reserves.

On Oct, 10, 1958, he married Rosalie K. Payne at Grace United Methodist Church of Fergus Falls.

They are the parents of three children, Julie, Thomas and Kristine.

The couple resided in rural Foxhome where they were owners and operators of Knapp Seed Farm Incorporated since 1962, and in grain farming.

After retirement, the couple built a home on Otter Tail Lake.

He was a member of the Foxhome Lutheran Church and also the First Church of the Nazarene. Currently he attended Living The Word Bible Fellowship in Battle Lake.

Gordie was active in the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association and served as Wilkin County King Agassiz.

His hobbies included traveling to various states to enjoy sport’s car racing. He also owned an airplane and was an aviator for 15 years. Gordie enjoyed building and remodeling homes. He dearly loved his family and brought much joy into their lives.

Preceding him in death were his parents, C. Harry and Gertrude; and a brother, Gerald Knapp.

Survivors include his wife, Rosalie of rural Ottertail; three children, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, Julie Kay (Mark) Olson of Jamestown, N.D., their children, Jeremiah (Becky) and their children, Naomi, Abigal, Lydia and Anna Marie; Michelle, Joshua (Sara) and Marissa; a son, Thomas (Lori) of Indianapolis, their children, Katherine and Charles Michael Thomas Knapp; a daughter, Kristine and Ahmad Ibrahim of Simi Valley, Calif., their children, Samie, Manal and Zakary; a brother, Dr. Gary B. (Emily) Knapp of Lexington, Ky.; a sister-in-law, Myrna Knapp Safford (Bob); and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many friends.

Visitation: Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church, and one hour prior to services at the church

Service: 11 a.m. Friday, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Fergus Falls.

Clergy: Rev. Mark Hume

Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, Fergus Falls

Funeral Home: Faith and Hope Funeral Home, Fergus Falls

Condolences may be sent online at faithhopefh.com

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