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Donald "Don" Knapp

Donald E. Knapp went home to be with his Lord and Savior on January 19, 2021. Don was born on March 20, 1935 to John and Effie (DeWolf) Knapp. Don is survived by his wife of 65 years, MaryLynn. His daughters, Linda (Tim) Clysdale, Lori (Austin) Terry. His brother Bob (Carol) Knapp. Grandchildren Ryan (Trish) Terry, Chad (Jessy) Terry, Kayla (Joe) Pearcy and Patrick Clysdale. Great Grandchildren, Annabelle and Madelyn Terry, Levi and Luke Terry, and Claire and Jack Pearcy. Don is survived by several nieces and nephews. Don loved spending time outside walking, riding his bike and taking special care of his lawn, that he took pride in. When he wasn’t outside he was cheering on the Detroit Tigers and the Lions. Don and MaryLynn are members of Centerpoint Church in Kalamazoo. Memorial contributions can be made to Centerpoint Church Senior Ministries. Following his wishes, cremation has taken place. A graveside service is being planned for after Covid. While visiting Don’s webpage at www.avinkcremation.com please sign the guestbook by lighting a candle and or sharing a memory with the family. The family is being served by Avink Funeral Home; 5975 Lovers Lane in Portage.

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I am so sorry about hearing the passing of Donald he was a very nice man and a great Christian my God be with the family has the go though this hard time.

Gary Rudstrom Mar 26 2021 3:35 PM

Linda and family ~ I am so very sorry to read about your dad's passing. He sounds like a wonderful man who loved his family...and a nice lawn! It is not easy to say our good-bye here on earth but may it comfort you knowing you can see him again someday. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending hugs!

Mary Visscher Mar 8 2021 7:50 PM

Linda & Family - Please accept our belated, but heartfelt condolences on your dad's passing. Although we didn't have the privilege of knowing him, he sounds like an awesome guy who was truly loved and is sorely missed. We're keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Paul, Debby (Roberts) & Jason Woodworth Feb 28 2021 1:42 PM

Linda and Lori so sorry to hear about dads passing. I am living in Az after selling business 3 yrs ago so dont always get current news. I enjoyed seeing him down at WW plaza (he always stopped and talked) and talking to him when he called me down at shop for electrical ?s he had with household issues. I assume I dont have to mention how proud he was of you girls! and the entire extended Knapp family. He talked about family a lot with me. My prayers are with all of you as you morn the loss Don. Ed VanderMeeden

Ed VanderMeeden Feb 1 2021 6:44 AM

Dear MaryLynn and family, We are so sorry to hear the sad news. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Sincerely, Bob and Marion Tracy

Marion Tracy Jan 30 2021 11:53 AM

Don will be sorely missed in the neighborhood. We caught him riding his bike or going for walks to get the paper almost every day. He loved staying active and it he didnt let anything slow him down. It seemed he was always doing some activity and pushing the limits against his Drs advice. (Shhhhhh! I didnt see a thing). He will be remembered as the friendly neighbor that loved working in his meticulously manicured lawn. Hed always have a wave and a smile for everyone walking or driving by. One of our favorite memories is a couple years ago we had an unusually nice January day and Mickey heard a lawn mower going. Sure enough, there was Mr Knapp out mowing his lawn. We laughed because we knew immediately whose lawn mower it was. God now has the best grounds keeper in heaven!

Tammy Simmons Jan 28 2021 8:27 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald Knapp

Tammy Simmons Jan 28 2021 8:07 PM

What a loss for everyone, but what a gain for heaven. Super guy with super faith. We sure will miss him. May the Lord confort you all with the fondest of memories. Dave & Villo Zomer

Rev. David Zomrr Jan 24 2021 2:38 PM

Very sorry to hear of Uncle Don's passing. We always enjoyed visiting with him and Aunt Mary Lynn and Linda and Lori and their families. A few memories of Uncle Don: great Tiger fan; always called my dad "Clyde"; loved to have his feet rubbed by anyone willing (and even a few that weren't); great husband and father; had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. We will all cherish the memories and miss you Uncle Don!

Dave Knapp Jan 23 2021 11:22 AM

Aunt Marylynn, Linda (& family) and Lori (& family) we are very sadden to hear of Uncle Dons passing. I can just imagine Uncle Don walking those streets of gold in amazement and hearing the angels sing. I have many happy memories of us all camping together in our younger years that I will always treasure! Please know you all are in my prayers daily for strength, comfort and peace. May you all feel our Heavenly Fathers arms wrapped around you at this time. We will miss you Uncle Don but what a day of rejoicing it will be when we are all together again for all eternity! :heart::pray::heart:

Brenda and Steve Schimp Jan 22 2021 8:35 PM

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