Andrew Steven Knapp

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Knapp, Andrew Steven

Andrew Steven Knapp passed from this world unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 31, 2012. He was born on January 12, 1973 in Findlay, Ohio. He was a loving father, brother, uncle, son and friend. He is survived by his son Jaxon, brother Mark Knapp (Ohio), mother Holly Francis (North Carolina), sister Erica Sanders (Ft. Atkinson, WI), four nieces, Emma, Kate, Grace and Lily Balison (Green Bay, WI).

Andrew spent his youth in Findlay and Toledo, OH before moving to Madison, Wisconsin and then settling in Green Bay, WI. He is preceded in death by his father Edward; and grandparents Ruth and Paul Francis (Chillicothe, Ohio) and Anne and Charles Knapp (Struthers, Ohio;)

The true loves of Andrew's life were his four nieces, Emma, Kate, Grace and Lily Balison, until the birth of his precious son, Jaxon Edward, on March 18th, 2012. His future was clearly focused on being the best father he could possibly be to his beloved son.

His spirit was greeted by his mother-in-law Linda Hardy (Sara Martynuska), who always called him "a protector of the earth." Andrew was a true conservationist and had found his dream job and home as a professor of Landscape Architecture at Lakeshore Technical College. He had a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and graduated from Sylvania Northview High School, Sylvania, OH, in 1991. He was currently enrolled in graduate school.

Andrew was active in the Green Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and he also participated in Native American traditions and ceremonies, following the Red Road. He also was proud to be a speaker for Al-Ateen, involved in the Al-Anon community and had served in the United States Army Reserve.

Andrew was an intellectual rebel, free thinker, charismatic teacher, compassionate humanitarian, adventurer, great father, and lifelong system-buster, his spirit was like an arrow flowing against the natural direction of the wind. He scribbled outside the lines and created his own style with confidence, sarcasm, and spunk. He was meant to be a teacher because he always questioned everything.

Andrew, there is no doubt that your spirit will ascend into the most beautiful fountain of light to join those who passed before you. You added value to this world, and the vibrations of your good deeds in the living will most definitely surpass your death. We love you.

The service for Andrew in Green Bay is set for 6pm on Monday, Nov. 5 at the Unitarian Church of Green Bay, 1641 Comanche Ave, Green Bay, 54313, near the Austin Straubel Int'l. Airport. There will be a dinner afterwards, either there or at a location still TBA. Please join us as we celebrate his life.

In lieu of flowers, a trust has been set up in his son's name. Contributions can be sent to Nicolet National Bank; 111 N. Washington Street; Green Bay, WI 54301 c/o Aymee Balison.

Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Nov. 5, 2012
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