William Knapp

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William J. Knapp, Jr., 81, of Belleville, IL, born July 15, 1938, in Belleville, IL, died Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL.

Bill was a CPA and partner at Allison Knapp & Siekmann, Ltd. for over 30 years. After his retirement, he served as Chief Financial Officer for the Diocese of Belleville for 11 years. Bill was an active member at St. Luke Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. He spent much time volunteering at Catholic Urban Programs and the St. Vincent DePaul Society, and served on many of their boards over the years. Mr. Knapp also served on the Belleville City Council as Ward 3 Alderman for 24 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William J. Sr., and Anna, nee Schroeder, Knapp; two sisters, Mary Ann Weik and Lucille (Calvin) Weik; and a brother, Norman (Norma) Knapp.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Irma, nee Watland, Knapp, whom he married on May 2, 1964;
two sons, Thomas (Lori) Knapp of Smithton, IL,
and Joseph (Amy) Knapp of Bay Village, OH;
two grandchildren, Brendan and Aidan Knapp;
a brother, Wayne (Dorothy) Knapp of Belleville, IL;
a brother-in-law, Charles (Mabel) Weik of Belleville, IL;
and nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catholic Urban Programs or to the St. Vincent DePaul Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, October 20, 2019, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 21, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A funeral procession will leave at 10:40 a.m. Monday, October 21, 2019, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, for an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Luke Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Kenneth York officiating.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

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14 Comments on William Knapp

Mary Stiehl said : Guest Report Oct 23, 2019 at 9:34 PM

Dear Irma; I just heard about Bill. So sorry for your loss. He was a great person & a terrific & dedicated ward 3 alderman with the city. I will always remember him and his kindness.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Susan Morford said : Guest Report Oct 21, 2019 at 1:03 PM

Deepest sympathies from the Administration, Faculty, and Staff at Althoff Catholic High School. May peace and comfort be with you during this difficult time.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Dottie Hennessy said : Guest Report Oct 20, 2019 at 8:10 PM

I share the sorrow felt by his family and many friends at the passing of Bill. He lived his faith by giving of himself to the underprivileged. My love to Irma and family.

  • Bridgewater
  • CT
Frank X Heiligenstein said : Guest Report Oct 20, 2019 at 2:52 AM

Bill was a class person as I had the pleasure to serve with him on the County Board years ago. So sorry to see that he passed away..

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Michael Bauer and Family said : Guest Report Oct 19, 2019 at 11:59 PM

Dear Irma, Tom, Joe and family, My deepest sympathy for the loss of your husband and Dad (Bill). I’ll always remember him as Mr. Knapp... he was always so kind and engaging. I know he meant so much to you all. The Bauer family sends you prayers and blessings.

  • Richardson
  • TX
Rose Marie Fitzgerald said : Guest Report Oct 19, 2019 at 6:57 PM

Dear Irma and Family, Please accept my deepest sympathy in the passing of Bill. I will always remember him as a very fine man. Blessings, Rose Marie Fitzgerald

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Barbara Traube said : Guest Report Oct 19, 2019 at 6:27 PM

Dear Irma and Family, Please accept our deepest synpathy regarding the passing of your Bill. Don and I have fond memories of Bill. We are holding you, Tom. Joe and their families close in our prayers during this sad time.

  • Georgetown
  • Texas
Olivia Woods said : Guest Report Oct 19, 2019 at 1:55 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. I am sure he was an amazing person who’s impact will not be forgotten. Sending love to the family

  • Bay village
  • Ohio
Terri Sylvia said : Guest Report Oct 18, 2019 at 2:58 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. I’m glad that I had the opportunity to meet such a good person. My thoughts and prayers are with you at such a difficult time.

  • Avon Lake
  • Ohio
Leah Oxsalida said : Guest Report Oct 18, 2019 at 2:47 AM

Mr. Knapp seemed like an incredible man. Condolences to his family and friends. Sending prayers and love.

  • Bay Village
  • Ohio
amy said : Guest Report Oct 18, 2019 at 2:25 AM

I’m so sorry for your loss! It is horrible to lose a loved one/grandparent! So sorry!

  • Bay Village
  • Ohio
Abbey said : Guest Report Oct 18, 2019 at 2:25 AM

i’m so sorry for your loss. He will be remembered dearly

  • Bay Village
  • Ohio
Aidan Green said : Guest Report Oct 18, 2019 at 2:17 AM

While I do not know Mr. Knapp personally I know Brendan and his brother Aidan and their family. I hope that my family’s prayers will help lift his soul to heaven.

  • Westlake
  • Ohio
Ryan Walsh said : Guest Report Oct 18, 2019 at 2:16 AM

I am praying for your family, and know that you will be in my thoughts.

  • Bay Village
  • Oh

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