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Michael F. Knapp

Published: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
Michael F. Knapp

STERLING – Michael F. Knapp, 69, of Sterling, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.

He was born Aug. 4, 1944, in Rock Falls, the son of Clarence E. and Mary T. (Tomczak) Knapp. He attended Rock Falls High School. He married Catherine L. Gartner on April 18, 1964, in Sterling. Mike was employed by the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. in Sterling for 39 years, retiring as a crane operator. He then went to work for Enterprise Rental, first in Sterling and then in Dixon. Mike enjoyed his daily pots of coffee, fishing, traveling with Cathy, playing scratchoffs, and spending time with his family. He was an avid Hawkeye fan, and a Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs fan.

Surviving are his wife, Cathy; their children, Andrea Martin of Sterling, Melissa Bush of Woodstock and Michael (Sabrina) Knapp of Sterling; four grandchildren, Damien Ross, Bailey Knapp, Delanie Knapp and Sophia Knapp; one great-grandson, Noah Ross; his sister, JoAnn DePuy of Sterling; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Joseph Knapp and Robert Knapp; his sister, Mary Louise Rajnowski; and a granddaughter Jade Garza.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5:45 p.m. Friday and the service at 6 p.m. Friday at McDonald Funeral Home & Crematory, 1002 12th Ave., Rock Falls.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established.

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