On Monday, October 7th, John Knapp went to be with his Lord and Savior. Instead of mourning John’s death, we want to celebrate the joy John brought into everyday living. John did not know a stranger and his love for people was evident by the friends he made throughout his life. He was a kind and gentle person who loved spending time with family and friends. He was a devout Christian and was devoted to Cornerstone Church (formerly University Hills Baptist Church) of Denver, Colorado, where he served as a deacon and treasurer.
John married the love of his life on December 19th, 1959. John was a devoted, loving husband to Mary Lou. John and Mary Lou were married for over 60 years and lived in Denver most of their married life. John and Mary Lou enjoyed traveling, going to the movies and most of all, the Denver Broncos.
John and Mary Lou’s life would have been incomplete without their two children, Jeanne and Jeff. John instilled in them a deep-rooted value system based on faith, family, friends and finances. John taught his children the importance of integrity because above all, John was a man of integrity.
John worked most of his career at Hallmark cards where he worked his way up to District Manager. He managed the Denver District and was loved by not only his salesmen but his customers. John’s nickname at Hallmark was “Bucky” because he always found a way to buck the system.
John and Mary Lou’s family began to grow. Jeanne married Jack and they had two girls, Jalene and Janelle. Jeff married Debbie and they had three girls: Ashley, Ryleigh and Annie. Yes, John was outnumbered by his granddaughters but there was always a smile on his face and candy in his pocket for his precious girls. Those girls loved their “Papa,“ and they still do!
Today, we are closing the earthly book of John’s life, but his memories will continue to live on in our hearts. Thank you for joining us today to celebrate John’s life and a legacy that will live forever.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in John's honor to Mission Southside, a local charity that extends help and hope to the under resourced of Johnson County, Kansas. There are two ways to donate. Write a check or click on the link below.
18335 W 168th Terrace
Olathe, KS. 66062 www.missionsouthside.org
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