Charles F. Knapp, 97, formerly of Rankin, Hoopeston and Bloomington, passed away Sunday (Nov. 25, 2018) at Meadows Mennonite Nursing Home in Chenoa.
He was born July 4, 1921, in East Lynn, a son of Adam J. and Elizabeth A. Frank Knapp. Charles married Jeanne H. Maxwell on Dec. 12, 1943, in Little Rock, Ark. She preceded him in death Nov. 23, 2009.
Survivors include two sons, Vernon (Kathie) Knapp, of Cottonwood, Ariz., and Donald (Pamela) Knapp, of La Cañada Flintridge, Calif.; three grandchildren, Meghan, Christopher and Justin; one brother and four sisters-in-law, Wayne (Delores) Knapp, of Watseka, Doris Knapp, of Cissna Park, Mary Knapp and Verena Knapp, both 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 44 years. He also was a real estate broker and appraiser for 38 years, as well as farmed for 41 years. He was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church, attended the Burden Country School, took courses at Danville Area Community College and attended seminars in Chicago and Indiana University and the school of auctioneering at Mason City, Iowa. Charles was a lifetime member of the Masonic Star Lodge 709 in Hoopeston, a 12-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 45 years, realtor and farm appraiser for 25 years and sold three weekly livestock sales for 35 years. He also auctioneered at a monthly horse and pony sale for 20 years.
After his retirement at the age of 75, Charles and Jeanne spent winters in Arizona and California near their three sons.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, until the 11 a.m. funeral services at the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park, with ministers of the church officiating. Burial will be in the Apostolic Christian Cemetery in Cissna Park.
Memorials may be made to the Apostolic Christian Church or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Funeral arrangements are by Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.
Please sign his online guestbook at knappfuneralhomes.com.