Carl L. Knapp, 83, of Wellington, died Monday, June 27, 2022 at home. Born on December 9, 1938 in Grafton, he was the son of the late Ernest Sr. and Margaret (nee Heath) Knapp.
Carl was a 1957 graduate of LaGrange High School. While in High School, he was a decorated athlete, receiving 12 varsity letters, setting school records in both track and basketball. Carl was inducted into the Keystone Hall of Fame in 1998. After graduating he served in the U.S. Army for two years. Carl retired from Windstream, formerly Alltel Telephone Company. He also raised dairy cows on his family farm. Carl was a 4-H advisor for over 55 years. He loved watching and teaching his children and grandchildren to show his born and raised dairy cattle at the Lorain County Fair. Carl was most proud of his All-American nominated cow, Ice. He was a member of the Farm Bureau, enjoyed going to farm auctions and cattle shows, but especially enjoyed time spent with his family.
Survivors include his loving wife of nearly 59 years, Carolyn (nee Parsons) Knapp; children, Rodney (Mary Patrice) Knapp, Roger Knapp, Susan (Dan) Doehr, and Steven (Lynne) Knapp, all of Wellington; son-in-law, Brian (Jen) Barlow; grandchildren, Joseph, Matthew (Sarah), Gregory, Stephanie (Josh), Bryan (Jessica), Sarah (Brandon), Jacob, Grace, and Samuel; great-grandchildren, Briahna, Lukas, Hayden, Hunter, Taylor, Jamie Lynn, and one on the way; siblings, Lynn (Joe) Neuhoff of Sheffield Twp., Ernest (Nancy) Knapp, Jr. of Wellington, and John (Jim) Knapp of Florida and sisters-in-law, Joanne and Carol Knapp.
Carl was preceded in death by his daughter, Dawn Barlow; siblings, Edwin, James, and Russell Knapp, Charlotte Klinect, and brother-in-law, Gary Waite.
A celebration of life will be held Sunday, July 10, 2022 at the Lorain County Fair Grounds from 1 to 5 p.m. at building 17.
Donations in Carl's memory may be directed to the Friends of Lorain County Jr. Fair, P.O. Box 732, LaGrange, OH 44050-0732.
Eastman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements and expression of sympathy may be made at www.eastmanfuneralhome.com
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