Charles Knapp(1932 - 2014)

Charles H. Knapp

SHELBY: Charles H. "Chuck" Knapp, age 81, resident of Shelby, died Saturday, April 19, 2014 at his home.

Born May 27, 1932 in Shelby to Harry and Helen (Flegm) Knapp, he had been a lifelong Shelby resident. A 1950 graduate of Shelby High School, he attended Ashland College and North Central Technical College. A veteran of the US Navy he served as a Photographer's Mate in the Korean Conflict.

Chuck was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Shelby.

He was blessed with a great work ethic, retiring from Ohio Steel Tube at age 48 with 30 years in sales. He consulted for Alpha Tube before joining a local rep agency, retiring in 2007. Chuck and his wife, Pat, were co-owners of the Village Idiot Antique Shop for 25 years.

He loved to both learn as well as teach and was never happier than when he had a captive audience, whether it be customers or grandchildren.

Chuck enjoyed the outdoors; from picnics with his family, to lake fishing with his buddies, or his favorite fly-fishing in the Huron River with his children and grandchildren. There wasn't a bird or a tree he couldn't identify. He delighted children of all ages with his animal calls, enticing responses from mourning doves to livestock.

Survivors include his wife, Pat (Ohler) Knapp, whom he wed November 8, 1977; his daughters, Cindy Dowds of Portland,Oregon, Lori (Raj) Kaul of Portland, Oregon, and Heather (Dave) Carpenter of Shelby; his step-children, Lisa (Joel) Hogue of Columbus, Elizabeth Swinford of Washington DC, Michael (Jeanne) Crall of Rockford, Michigan, and Patrick (Kathy) Quinn of Raynham, Massachusetts, daughter-in-law, Crystal Taylor of Lakeland, Florida; 18 grandchildren, four great grandchildren; two siblings, Helene Albert of Shelby and John (Jeanne) Knapp of Shelby; nieces, nephews and other relatives.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son, Gregory Knapp in 2000, and four siblings, Wanda Weber, Howard Knapp, Marjorie May, and Kay Ewalt.

He touched so many lives and we pray that his love and stories live on in our hearts, and the hearts of our generations to come.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the First Lutheran Church in Shelby with Reverend Russel Yoak and Gaye Shira officiating. Friends may call at the Barkdull Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4:00 -7:00 PM. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the First Lutheran Church; 33 Broadway St, Shelby, OH 44875, or MedCentral Hospice, 335 Glessner Ave., Mansfield, OH 44903.

Online condolences may be made at

Funeral Home

Barkdull Funeral Home
33 N Gamble St Shelby, OH 44875
(419) 342-6356

Published in the News Journal on Apr. 22, 2014