NORMAL - Ronald J. Knapp, 71, Normal, died at 9:40 a.m. Sunday (June 3, 2007) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. today at Holy Trinity Church, Bloomington, with Monsignor Douglas Hennessy officiating. Visitation will be for one-half hour prior to the service today at the church. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Cemetery, Bloomington. Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the Children's Discovery Museum or the Friends of the Trail.
Ron was born in 1936, the son of Joseph Peter and Fern E. Woith Knapp. He married Ann M. Walsh on May 7, 1955, in Bloomington. She survives.
Other survivors include four daughters, Kathleen (Dan) Steadman, Normal; Laura (Bob) Allen, Bloomington; Mary Therese (Patrick) Dullard and Nancy (Rick) Bennett, both of Normal; three sons, Joseph (Jodi) Knapp, Washington; Lawrence Knapp, Bloomington; and Michael (Melissa) Knapp, Minonk; 17 grandchildren, Andy and Pete Steadman, David Deerwester, Austin Denham, Brad, John and Matt Allen, Marissa Kidwell, Amy, Therese and Abby Knapp, Erin, Joey and James Dullard, Paul Bennett, Lawrence and Katey Knapp; five great-grandchildren, Tyler Allen, Colton and Caleb Allen, Kylie and Madison Allen; and the sixth great- grandchild is due June 24; one sister, Rose E. Williams, and one uncle, Bob Knapp, both of Bloomington.
Ron graduated from Trinity High School and worked in the office at Ralston-Purina for more than 20 years. He later owned and operated Knapp's Family Restaurant and was a baker at Tandemonium, which was owned by his daughters. He also drove a bus for Kindercare for many years.
Ron was a member of Holy Trinity Church and was a member of and past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Fr. John D. Ring Council 574, Bloomington.
Though, Hungarian by birth, Ron was Irish by association. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his greatest pleasure.