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SHAFTSBURY -- Ogden (Spike) Knapp, of Shaftsbury, died on Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation after a short illness.

He was born on Aug. 24, 1917, in Brooklyn and grew up in Glen Ridge, N.J. He was a graduate of Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., class of 1936 and a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, class of 1940 where he started the singing group “The Pipes”.

He served in WWII in the Navy in the South Pacific -- first as captain of the APC 13 and then as navigator on the USS Griggs -- from 1942 to 1946.

He worked in New York City in advertising and later with NBC radio in station relations. In 1961, he bought Radio K-LAD in Klamath Falls, Ore. He sold K-LAD in 1970, retired and moved to Shaftsbury.

In his retirement years, he bought a winter house in Vero Beach, Fla., learned to fly and traveled around the country in his Piper Warrior II, and practiced his golf at Ekwanok Country Club in Manchester.

Spike married Anne Greenwood Thompson in Montclair, N.J., on Aug. 24 1946. They lived in New York City for a year and then moved to Rye, N.Y. From Rye, they went to Klamath Falls, Ore. He is survived by his wife, Anne, his son and daughter-in-law, Peter Ogden and Leslie Knapp of Bennington; his daughter, Tracy Thompson Knapp of Rutland and his daughter Anne Merrill Knapp of Menlo Park, Calif. He was predeceased by his youngest daughter Caroline Emmons Knapp in 2002. He was also predeceased by two brothers, J. Merrill Knapp of Princeton, N.J., and David Knapp of Hilton Head, S.C.

There will be no funeral services. Later in the summer there will be a scattering of ashes at the family farm in Shaftsbury with a time to be announced. Contributions in memory of Spike may be made to the Ekwanok Scholarship Trust in Manchester through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner from May 10 to May 11, 2007
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