Knapp, Donald B.
Don passed away at James G. Johnston Memorial Nursing Home on Saturday, January 19, 2013, two weeks after his 90th birthday. He is now happy and peaceful in heaven. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Jo (Davis) Knapp in 1991 and daughter, Katherine J. (Knapp) Affeldt in 2006. His parents were Roland and Alida Knapp. Surviving him are daughter and son-in-law, Susan and David Stella and their sons, Davis and Ryan Stella; son-in-law, William Affeldt and with Kathie, their daughters, Lindsay (Tom) Bulawa and Kimberly (Phil) Cole. Don also had four great-granddaughters, Katherine and Maria Bulawa and Abbygail and Lillian Cole. Don's very special and dear friend of 18 years, Marion Dunham, also survives him. A veteran of WWII
, Don served the Army
of the United States in North Africa and Italy from August 1943 to December 1945. He was honorably discharged in January of 1946. Don proudly worked 34 years for IBM Endicott in manufacturing, retiring in 1984. Don also held numerous part-time jobs that helped provide additional support for his family. He was a longtime member of Vestal United Methodist Church and then later First Baptist Church of Castle Creek where he found a special church family. Don is remembered for his service to his family and his support to those who could not help themselves. He volunteered over 20 years for Meals on Wheels, delivering meals with a warm smile and cheerful conversation. He also enjoyed spending time at Castle Gardens Senior Living Center and Vestal Nursing Home, playing games with the residents, taking them to doctor appointments and running errands for them. Don had a knack for fixing things with an understanding and interest in how mechanical devices worked, a skill he acquired during his service to his country and employment with IBM. Don always carried happy memories of times spent with his family in Sackets Harbor, NY, fishing, swimming, and boating. He taught us all through his example that service to God and others was the most important thing in life. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, Castle Creek, NY, with Reverend Michael Maskell officiating. Burial will be in Riverhurst Cemetery at a later date. The family will receive friends at the First Baptist Church Castle Creek from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church Castle Creek, 1130 US Highway 11, Castle Creek, NY or the
, 6390 Fly Rd., 2nd Floor, Syracuse, NY 13057.