Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

August 16, 2013

Thomas Knapp


The Daily Iowegian

---- — Thomas Knapp, 71, of Centerville, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 at his home in Centerville.

He was born the son of Kenneth and Jean (Starns) Knapp on Aug. 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.

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

Tom is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Vinton, of Centerville; sons, Brandon Knapp and his wife, Jennifer of Centerville and Shannon Knapp and Samantha Buss of Centerville; 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; and sisters, Nancy Reynolds of Sarasota, Fla. and Kathy Baker of Albia.

A public visitation will be held on Monday, Aug. 19 from 1-7 p.m. at the Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Centerville and the family will be present from 4-6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice and left or mailed to the funeral home.

The Schmidt Family Funeral Home of Centerville has been entrusted with caring for the Knapp family and condolences can be sent at: schmidtfamilyfuneralhome.com.