Knopf, Rik St. Louis businessman Rik Knopf died May 19'2013 following a two- year battle with pancreatic cancer. Born in West Hempstead, New York , he was raised in Dallas, Texas where he was a 1961 graduate of Hillcrest High School. Mr. Knopf and his wife Susie Daniels Knopf, St. Louis City, moved to St. Louis in 1989 to open Expressions Custom Furniture, one of the first businesses to introduce custom upholstery to the area. Mr. Knopf, 70, retired from the business after 24 years. The Knopfs always said they expressed gratitude to St. Louisans for making them feel at home both professionally and socially. Before opening the St. Louis store in Frontenac, Mr. Knopf was vice president of franchising for Expressions. After opening the St. Louis store he became president of Expressions National Franchise Council. A graduate of Tulane University, Mr. Knopf was a member of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. He was president of Moot Court and editor of the Journal of Air Law and Commerce at Southern Methodist University School of Law where he received his JD degree. Mr. Knopf was in private law practice in Dallas and then moved to Denver, CO., to become vice president and general counsel of Shakey's Pizza, a subsidiary of Hunt International. He then returned to Dallas to work for another subsidiary, Great Western United. A member of Congregation Temple Israel and Westwood Country Club, Mr. Knopf enjoyed travel, golf, skiing, poker and his coffee and lunch groups. He will be remembered for his "wonderful sense of humor, quick wit and kindness," says Susie Knopf. His volunteerism in the community included a service as a board member of Jewish Family & Children's Service and a "Pink Tie Guy" for
. Mr. Knopf is survived by his wife of 48 years Susie Daniels Knopf; two children, Randy (Amy) Knopf and Jennifer (Scott) Bernstein; two grandchildren, Rebecca Knopf and Ari Bernstein. He is survived by his sister Candy (Leo) Hyman of Dallas, TX; and brother Jonathan (Susan) Knopf of Warren, NJ. He is survived by his mother Sherry Crasilneck_ and the late Albert Knopf'; his mother in law Claire and the late Werner Daniels. Survivors also include brothers in law Dr. John Daniels and Jeff Daniels, Aventura, FL, eight nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Mr. Knopf will be held at In St. Louis. Internment will be following services. Donations preferred to: Rik Knopf Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research, Washington University, Campus Box 1204, 7425 Forsyth Blvd., Ste. 2200, St. Louis, MO 63105 or
, STL Affiliate, 9288 Dielman Industrial Drive., St. Louis, MO 63132.
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Published in Dallas Morning News on May 19, 2013