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John Joseph Knape

12/06/1939
05/15/2024

John J. Knape, age 84 of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully at home May 15, 2024, surrounded by his family. John is survived by his wife, Joanne; daughters, Cheryl (Greg) Crabb, Jennifer (Victor) Chiodini; grandchildren, Kayleigh, Clara, and Hadley Crabb, Bella and Emerson Chiodini; along with his beloved sister, Joan Caldwell. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert and Florence Knape; brothers, Don, Dick, Jerry, and Roger. John went to heaven with a smile in his heart. He was born in Grand Rapids and graduated from Catholic Central High School. He went on to graduate college from Marquette University in Milwaukee before working for twenty years in Racine, Wisconsin. He concluded his career at Knape & Vogt Manufacturing where he oversaw the hundredth anniversary celebration of the company. Outside the office, John “enjoyed” boating, golfing, and tennis. Throughout his life, John served various community organizations including the Catholic Church.

The family will greet friends and relatives from 5-8pm on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Funeral Home, 3980 Cascade Road SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at St. Robert of Newminster Catholic Church, 6477 Ada Drive SE, Ada, Michigan 49301, with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Tony Russo presiding. Interment Cascade Cemetery. Memorial Contributions can be made to St. Robert Catholic Church or Fr. Len Sudlik Scholarship Fund.

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St. Robert Catholic Church 

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Fr. Len Sudlik Scholarship Fund

6477 Ada Drive

Ada, Michigan 49301

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3 Responses

  1. Always enjoyed seeing John when our paths crossed. He was a wonderful man who genuinely cared about others and would always make you feel comfortable in his presence. RIP John

  2. John was the best uncle, I always had so much fun visiting the Knapes! I learned so much from him as well- water skiiing, table tennis, pool (I still play left handed), boating, and how to serve a cold drink. He lived a wonderful life and will be missed.

  3. Our family had several opportunities to visit with John and Joanne. Always gracious he loved to chat – especially with my dad. I was so happy to visit with John several years ago in Omaha. What a treat – what a great guy. I’m so glad to know him and will miss him and his great smile.

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Make a Contribution

Memorial Contributions:

St. Robert Catholic Church 

or

Fr. Len Sudlik Scholarship Fund

6477 Ada Drive

Ada, Michigan 49301