Charles F. Knapp, 97, formerly of Rankin, Hoopeston, and Bloomington passed away on November 25, 2018 at Meadows Mennonite Nursing Home in Chenoa, IL. He was born on July 4, 1921 in East Lynn a son of Adam J. and Elizabeth A. Frank Knapp. Charles married Jeanne H. Maxwell on December 12, 1943 in Little Rock, AR and she preceded him in death on November 23, 2009.
Survivors include two sons, Vernon (Kathie) Knapp of Cottonwood, AZ and Donald (Pamela) Knapp of La Cañada Flintridge, CA; three grandchildren, Meghan, Christopher, and Justin; one brother and four sister in laws, Wayne (Delores) Knapp of Watseka, Doris Knapp of Cissna Park, Mary Knapp and Verena Knapp of Bloomington; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Fred; three brothers, Melvin, Earl, and Ralph Knapp; and one sister, Alma Dreyer.
Charles was a very busy auctioneer with 2,045 sales in forty four years. He was also a real estate broker and appraiser for thirty eight years as well as farmed for forty one years. He was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church, attended the Burden Country School, took courses at Danville Area Community College, attended seminars in Chicago and Indiana University and the school of auctioneering at Mason City, IA. Charles was a life member of the Masonic Star Lodge #709 in Hoopeston, a twelve year member of Rankin High School Board, Past President and Director of Iroquois-Ford Board of Realtors, Past President of the Illinois State Auctioneers Association and member for forty five years, realtor and farm appraiser for twenty five years, and sold three weekly livestock sales for thirty five years. He also auctioneered at a monthly horse and pony sale for twenty years. After his retirement at the age of 75, Charles and Jeanne spent winters in Arizona and California near their three sons.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday December 1, 2018 at the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park with ministers of the church officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. Burial will be in the Apostolic Christian Cemetery in Cissna Park.
Memorials may be made to the Apostolic Christian Church or the donor’s choice.
Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.