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Thomas Knapp

Posted August 15, 2013 in Obituaries

August 30, 1941- August 14, 2013

Thomas Knapp, age 71, of Centerville, Iowa, died Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at his home in Centerville. He was born the son of Kenneth and Jean (Starns) Knapp on August 30, 1941 in Centerville. He graduated from the Centerville Community High School in 1959.

Tom worked many years at Young Radiator, and retired in 1999. He had a great love for restoring classic cars, and would restore many during his lifetime. He was known for his writings and putting his thoughts down on paper so as to create a story. In 2010, he was united in marriage to Mary Jane Vinton in Ottumwa, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, and a sister, Sally Kendall.

Tom is survived by: his wife, Mary Jane Vinton of Centerville, Iowa; sons, Brandon Knapp and his wife, Jennifer of Centerville, Iowa and Shannon Knapp and Samantha Buss of Centerville, Iowa; step-daughters, Regan Findling and her husband, Aaron of Perrysburg, Ohio and Risa Phearse and her husband, Brandon of Frisco, Texas; three grandchildren, and three step-grandchildren; a brother, Tim Knapp; sisters, Nancy Reynolds of Sarasota, Florida and Kathy Baker of Albia, Iowa.

A Public visitation will be held on Monday, August 19, 2013 from 1 pm until 7 pm at the Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Centerville and the family will be present from 4 pm until 6 pm at the funeral home. Memorials can be made to the donor’s choice and left or mailed to the funeral home. The Schmidt Family Funeral Home of Centerville, Iowa has been entrusted with caring for the Knapp family and condolences can be sent at:

Information provided by:
Schmidt Family Funeral Home
501 North 18th Street
Centerville, Iowa 52544

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