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 William Newton “Uncle Billy” Knapp, Jr

William Newton “Uncle Billy” Knapp, Jr

Allerton, Wayne County, Iowa, USA
Death 25 Apr 1982 (aged 83)
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA
Burial Allerton, Wayne County, Iowa, USA
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Father- William Newton Knapp
Mother- Minnie Ann Jones

Siblings: Ethel Knapp Seidler 1892-1988, Margaret Knapp Landstrom 1894-1985, Floyd E Knapp 1897-1961, Alberta C Knapp 1908- , Hazel Knapp Whiteley 1911-1988, Helen Irene Knapp Williams 1911-2007

Married Anna L. Nissle, born France(1903-1995)

Children: Living Knapp, Paul Knapp, Living Knapp, Living Knapp


Services for William Knapp, 83, long-time Allerton resident, who died Apr. 25 at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines were held Tuesday, Apr. 27 at 1:30 p.m. from the Randolph Funeral Home, Allerton, with the Rev. R.D. Streeter officiating.

Hymns "I'll Meet You in the Rapture" and "Beyond the Sunset" were sung by Mrs. Lorena Blount.

Pallbearers were: Dennie Cawthorn, Mike Knapp, Bill Knapp, Paul Cawthorn, Roger Knapp, John Knapp and Brian Padavivh.

Honorary bearers were: Murl Henderson, Dirl Richardson, Tommy Johnson, George Holloway and Harold Hughes. Burial was in the Allerton Cemetery. There was a memorial to the Harold Hughes Foundation at Norwalk.

The son of William and Minnie Jones Knapp, he was born Apr. 6, 1899 at Allerton. He married Anna Bellon, May 31, 1924, at Detroit., Mi and they had two sons and two daughters.

He was a cattleman for many years, farming in the Allerton area. When he retired, he moved to Allerton and his interest turned to dealing in antiques.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Alberta; and a brother, Floyd.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Bill and Paul, Des Moines; daughters, Mary Louise, Allerton and Carolyn, Des Moines; sisters, Ethel Siedler and Margaret Landstrom, both of Des Moines; Hazel Whiteley, Corydon and Helen Williams, Yakima Wash.; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

My memory of Uncle Billy

I remember being 5 at a family reunion and my grand uncle William Knapp, my grandfather's brother, took a liking to me for some reason-very unusual because my pretty little sister with the pure white hair usually got all the attention from people. Anyway he had me sit beside him and we talked. He asked me about kindergarten and what my favorite flavor of ice cream was. He had, had throat cancer and had a whispery metalic sounding voice enhancer and wore a white cover over the throat area. We walked around the reunion grounds which were the manicured lawn and a large pool area in the backyard of one of his sons, my 1st cousin once removed,and Uncle Billy would stop at every person and tell them, "Give this little sweety a quarter." They all complied and at the end of the day I had a pocket full of quarters. I saw him only 2 other times in my life that I can recall, at his 50th wedding anniversary in Allerton where he and great Aunt Anna sat at a table at the front and greeted all the wellwishers. Aunt Anna had a lovely French accent. The only time I recall seeing him again was at the funeral of a relative, who I can't recall now, but he came out to my Uncle Harold's home after for a visit and he and I talked about that time at the reunion and he didn't recall it at all (it was huge in my life but not his). I went to his funeral with my mom and to the graveside at the cemetery where I have since visited often working on my family genealogy. I am thankful for the few kernals of memory of Uncle Billy I have.


Roger Bill Knapp

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