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May 10, 1933 – Saturday, May 2, 2015

Service Information
Albion Evangelical Free Church, Cokato, MN
Friday, May 8, 2015
3:00 P.M.

Visitation Information
Albion Evangelical Free Church, Cokato, MN
Friday, May 8, 2015
2:00 P.M.

Knapp, Ruth Marie, age 81 of Coon Rapids & formerly of Waverly passed away May 2, 2015.

Ruth was born on May 10, 1933 in Salt Lake City, UT the daughter of Arthur & Alvira (Jensen) Kallman. She was joined in holy marriage to William W. Knapp III on December 20, 1952 at The 1st Covenant Church in Minneapolis , MN . God blessed their marriage with four children. Ruth worked as a secretary for Industrial Spray Painting in Fridley and ultimately took on her full time role as mother. She played softball for many years and enjoyed riding motorcycles as well. Upon retirement, Ruth & Bill moved to Branson , MO where they built a home. They loved it there & she worked at a resort welcoming people. Ruth was friendly, outgoing & loved to make people comfortable. Her forte was talking. She was always concerned about others including their families. Ruth was an active member of her church & her faith was the most important thing in her life and for her family.

Preceded in death by her husband, William W. Knapp III, daughter, Julie Benson, parents, Arthur & Alvira Kallman & brother, Rodney Kallman.
Survived by her children, Dana Lawrence, Judy (Tim) Ernst, Janelle Hartness; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; siblings, Ralph Kallman, Maurice (Lois) Kallman & Maurine (Charles) Tebow; 5 nieces, 4 nephews & other relatives & friends.

Honorary casket bearers will be Ruth’s granddaughters Harmony Knowles, Molly Pena, Carrie Hoger, Melissa Lind, Megan Clark and Kaelyn Benson.

Casket bearers will be Ruth’s grandsons David B. Knapp, Andrew Knapp, Ryan Ernst, Justin Ernst, Adam Ernst and Aaron Benson.

Funeral service will be Friday, May 8, 2015 at 3 PM at Albion Evangelical Free Church, 11480 5th St. NW, Cokato, MN. Visitation one hour prior to service at the church on Friday. Interment in the Swedish Mission Cemetery, Buffalo, MN.

3 Guestbook Entries

  1. Susan Strain

    Dana, Judy, and Janelle;
    I share your grief with the passing of Aunt Ruth.
    Love, Susie

  2. Mary Faust (hospice volunteer)

    It was a joy to visit Ruth. You could tell she loved her family and would light up when I would ask her about them. I know how much you will all miss her. Thank you for sharing her with me in her last weeks. My prayers surround all of you, in this difficult time.

  3. Greg McGlothlin

    I am very sorry for your loss. Even though we have not been in contact for many years, I always thought very highly of Bill and Ruth.
    Greg and Mary McGlothlin


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