CHARLES F. KNAPP Charles F. Knapp, formerly of Santa Fe, passed away on February 5, 2014 in Colorado Springs. Charles was 88 years old. As the son of an immigrant, Charles was the first in his family to graduate from college. He received a BS from Pepperdine University and eventually earned an MBA from the University of Southern California. Charles proudly served his country as a Marine through WWII & The Korean Conflict. Charles remained in the Marine Corp via the active reserves retiring as a "full bird" Colonel. Charles also led his reunion group VMB613 for many years thereafter. In the private sector, Charles worked for various military contractors throughout his career. Among those contractors was Hughes Aircraft, where Charles was personally acquainted with Howard Hughes, General Eisenhower, and President Nixon. Charles closed out his career working for his hometown of Wakefield, MA. He served the town in their utilities department until his full retirement in 1987, where he moved to Santa Fe, NM and then eventually to Colorado Springs, Colorado. Charles is survived by daughter Caroline Knapp of Pascoag, RI, son Edward Knapp of Colorado Springs, 4 nieces, 3 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Charles and his lifetime of colorful stories will be sorely missed by friends and family. Burial services are being held Monday March 24th at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe at 9:45AM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the Colorado Springs Chapter of Toys for Tots. The address is 7145 Wildridge Rd., Black Forest, CO 80908.
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican from Mar. 22 to Mar. 23, 2014