Gene Knapp

05/04/1930 - 01/22/2014 Obituary
Gene Knapp Obituary
Gene Olin Knapp passed away peacefully while at home on January 22, 2014. All members of the family were at his side. Gene was 83 and lived a full life with many friends being a large part of his life. Gene was born to Olin and Ruth Knapp in Watonga, Oklahoma on May 4, 1930. Sisters Janet and Barbara soon followed. Gene is survived by his beloved wife Carolyn Knapp of 62 years. Gene and Carolyn were blessed with three children, Jeannie, Jeff and Wes Knapp many grandchildren ensued, Randy, Judith, Lesli, Joe, Doug, Savannah and Marik Knapp. All of his great grandchildren will miss their Papoo. Gene joined the Navy proudly serving his country during the Korean War. Soon after his service, Gene met the love of his life Carolyn Trout while at a dance in 1951. Gene began working for his father in law, Ralph Trout at Trout's Cocktails located in Oildale CA. The rest is history; Gene was the backbone of the Trout's Cocktails legend. Gene loved his patrons, friends and associates. Dad was a true outdoorsman, hunting and fishing, trips with his close friends were annual. His recent weekly golf games with his close friends kept him busy during the morning hours and his grandchildren were always nearby in the afternoons. A memorial service will be held at the chapel located at Green Lawn Mortuary, 3700 River Blvd Bakersfield CA. Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 2:00PM.
Published in Bakersfield Californian from Jan. 25 to Jan. 27, 2014
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