Richard Knopp, 78 year old Rupert resident, passed away Sunday August 16, 2020, at his home.
Richard was born April 25, 1942, at Paul, Idaho the son of Elmer and Pauline Knopp. He lived and went to grade schools in Paul. He would have graduated with the class of 1961, but enlisted in the Navy instead. he was already in the Idaho National Guard. He was very proud of his service aboard the USS Okinawa (LPH3).
His life work was truck driving, he drove first for J.R Simplot, then Circle A and last for Magic Valley Foods until his health declined and he had to retire. He liked to drive but I think he enjoyed talking about it with other drivers best. He could tell some pretty good stories about his adventures in the truck.
Richard wasn't much for joining organizations but was a member of the American Legion. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and a year later,was sealed to his loving wife, May 25, 1996 in the Bountiful Temple.
Richard is survived by his wife, CleAnn Stokes Knopp, a daughter Melanie A. Maldonado (Craig), his son, Richard E. Knopp jr.,a step-son, Brian S. Gibbs (Corinna), His brother Terry L. Knopp (Peggy), his sister, M Jayne Runyon(Rod) 6 grandsons, Brandon, Sean, Ryan, Austin, Cameron, Nolan, 6 step-grandsons Michael, Kevin, Brodey, Kevin M., Dustin, and Taylor, and 3 step-granddaughters, Heidi, Ashley and Katelyn, and 2 great-great grandsons, Isaiah and Ryder.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Gary E Knopp, a step-son Steven T Gibbs and numerous aunts and uncles.
Graveside services will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday August 21, 2020 at the Paul Cemetery Military rites will be provided. services are under the direction of Joel Heward Hansen Mortuary.
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