Obituary for Ronald Alan Knapp
Ronald Alan Knapp
Ronald (Ron) Alan Knapp, a resident of Hillsboro, died on October 25, 2017 in Hillsboro. He was surrounded by his loving family. He was 74 years of age.
Ron was born on September 15, 1943 in Portland, Oregon and was the son of Frederick and Nelle (Willey) Knapp. He attended high school at Sunset High for his freshman year and then attended Hillsboro High School where he graduated in 1962.
On June 17, 1972 he married Nancy Whitmore. He worked for GAF Corporation for 15 years before going to work for Boyd’s Coffee Company where he worked for 31 years before retiring in 2009.
Ron had many hobbies and interests. One of his favorite things to do was spend time with his beloved grandchildren as he loved watching them grow. They would light up his face when they were around. He had a love for sports which was passed on to his children. He enjoyed skiing in his younger days and loved watching his kid’s race on the ski team during high school. He loved Oregon State football games, tailgating, and he thoroughly enjoyed watching the games from the stadium. He loved soccer, baseball, basketball and when given the chance loved to attend Blazer games. He enjoyed golfing with friends. He also enjoyed horseback riding and camping. He and his wife Nancy were members of the Forest Grove Ranch Riders where they spent many summers trail riding and camping with friends. He also enjoyed dancing and he and his wife were members of the Dance Club at the Forest Grove Elks Lodge #2440 where he was a member. He was a regular attendee at Harvest Community Church.
He enjoyed traveling with his wife, he was able to enjoy cruises and trips to Hawaii after retirement. The most recent trip was in May to the 2017 Kentucky Derby for his 45th wedding anniversary.
He had a love for books and for music. He loved any Clive Cussler novel. He enjoyed all types of music and liked to attend music concerts. He had an ear for classical music and classic rock, including Janis Joplin, but also loved country music and southern gospel.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughter, Sonja Bayes (Mark); daughter, Rashawn (fiancé Patrick Barrett); daughter, Lisa Hess (Shawn); Son, Ronnie Knapp (Hailey) and also siblings Tom Knapp and Diane McGauvran (George). He is survived and blessed by 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son Jeffery Alan Knapp and his parents Frederick Alan Knapp and Nelle Knapp.
He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
Graveside Service will be November 9th at 11 am at Mt. Olive Cemetery (15445 SW Campbell Rd. Hillsboro 97123)
A celebration of life will be held on November 9th at 2 pm at Harvest Community Church. (21235 NW Quatama Rd. Beaverton 97006) Reception to follow at same location.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations go to Providence Hospice, in memory of Ron A. Knapp, at 6410 NE Halsey St. #300 Portland 97213.