Richard Charles "Dick" Knapp(1943 - 2018)

Former Corning resident Dick Knapp passed away in Rio Rancho, New Mexico after a brief illness on August 5. Dick was born in Corning in 1943 to James L Knapp II and Ruth E Knapp (Shaut). He had two older brothers, James Knapp III, and William Knapp. The family lived in Pawtucket, RI and Corning and also built a cabin on Great Pond, Maine and spent summers there for over 60 years. After attending high school in Painted Post, Dick attended Alfred University. He graduated with a degree in Mathematics and married Dottie Ring in 1965. They settled in Corning, then headed for Southern California to pursue an MBA.

Dick's daughter Christine was born in 1968. In 1971, Dick accepted a job with IBM in Columbia, MD where Dick's son, Mike, was born. In 1974, the family moved to Japan, where Dick continued to work with IBM, and in 1975 the family moved to Frankfurt, West Germany. In 1978, the family relocated to Evansville, Indiana. Dick and Dottie divorced in 1985. In 1995 Dick moved to Brunswick Maine. Then, in 2008, fully retired, he moved to Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

An avid hiker, and occasional biker and kayaker, Dick loved the outdoors and the peace and solitude that it provided.

He was close to his children and their families. Chris and Doug Fekete and Mike and Rachel Knapp have blessed Dick with 11 grandchildren-Elizabeth, Adam, Maxine, AJ, Paul, Ben, Samantha, Michael, Emma, Henry and Ethan.

In 1994 Dick attended an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, saying this was one of his best decisions. He continued to attend meetings up to the time of his death. He was proud of the AA program and how it helped him on his journey.

Dick was loved and admired, and we will miss him.

Published in The Corning Leader from Sept. 1 to Sept. 2, 2018