Gordon Knapp, age 68, of Tabor, South Dakota, died on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at his home.
Memorial services are 10:00 AM, on Saturday, December 23, 2017, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend Jeff Otterman officiating. Inurnment with military honors will be in the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, South Dakota at a later date. The family will receive friends a half hour prior to the memorial service on Saturday.
Gordon was born on February 14, 1949, in Rome, New York to John and Hazel (Cameron) Knapp. His father served in the US Air Force and Gordon lived in many places throughout the country growing up. In May 1968, he enlisted in the United States Army. Gordon was honorably discharged in April 1970 but then reenlisted in August 1972. He served during the Vietnam War and was also stationed in Japan and Germany. After the war, Gordon continued to serve in the Army as a mechanic until he retired as a Sergeant First Class in September 1990. He then worked at Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino, CA. In 1993, he moved to Yankton and drove truck for Marquardt Transportation. On November 6, 1997, Gordon married Mildred (Johnson) Schmidt in Yankton. In 2006, they built their current home west of Yankton. He owned and operated a pilot car business from 2010 to 2013, but was forced to retire because of health reasons. Gordon loved all sports and was a diehard Green Bay Packer Fan. He enjoyed Westerns, puzzles, fishing, traveling or just going for a drive. He always enjoyed visiting and having a beer with his friends. Above all, Gordon loved and treasured his wife, Millie.
Gordon is survived by his wife, Millie Knapp of Tabor, SD; three children: Jerry (Wendy) Knapp of Magna, UT, Laura Knapp of Salt Lake City, UT and Donna "Charlie" Knapp of Denver, CO; five step-children: Rosalie Heidinger of Andover, MN, Quincy Schmidt of Springport, MI, Travis Schmidt (Carla Degen) of Yankton, Trent (Laura) Schmidt of Yankton and Ben (Tera) Schmidt of Yankton; six grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren; four sisters: Doris Hanson of Lompoc, CA, Joyce (Bill) Carlson of Independence, MO, Sharon Lewis and Shirley (Jerry) Zick, both of Bullhead City, AZ; and six nieces and nephews.
Gordon was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Bob Lewis; and nephew, Tony Lain.
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I am so sorry to hear of Gordons passing. I haven't been around the Yankton area in quite a few years but I have several great memories of Gordon, Millie and friends. You are all in my families thoughts and prayers.
Travis and Renee Walton
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