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June 1, 1936 – Monday, November 28, 2016

Service Information
Zion Lutheran Church, Annandale, MN
Friday, December 2, 2016
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo, MN
Thursday, December 1, 2016
4 – 8 PM, 7:30 Prayer Service

Willard “Willie” Emil Knop, age 80 of Annandale, passed away on Monday, November 28, 2016 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

He was born in Franklin Township, Wright County on June 1, 1936, the son of William Carl and Gladys A. (Wandersee) Knop.

Willie was baptized on June 18, 1936 by The Reverend E.H. Bruns. He was also instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and Confirmed in the Christian faith on July 3, 1949 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Delano by The Reverend M.J. Lenz.

Willie graduated from Delano High School in 1952.

Willard “Willie” Knop and Darlene Ramthun were joined in holy marriage on September 28, 1957 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church-Crawford Lake by The Reverend Alvin Schultz. God blessed their marriage with four children.

Willie was employed with Texaco Gas Station and worked for more than forty years as a farmer and truck driver.

In 1980, Willie and Darlene moved to Annandale and became faithful members of Zion Lutheran Church. While a member of Zion, he served as an elder and was a member of the church council.

He enjoyed playing cards, bowling, playing softball, hunting and fishing. Willie was full of … Zingers!

Survived by children: Terry Knop, Jeff Knop, Vicky Knop and Kari (Paul) Peterson; eight grandchildren: Kortney and Kyle (Megan); Karli (Jon) Neilson, Chelsey and Chloe; Kellen; Evan and Isaac; three great-grandchildren: Aubrie, Easton and Parker; sister: Eloise (Nick) Mazanyi; and many close relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his wife: Darlene Knop; parents: William and Gladys Knop; daughters-in-law: Patricia Knop and Debra Knop; sister-in-law: Muriel Ramthun; and brother-in-law: Dick Pageau.

Funeral services for Willie Knop will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, December 2, 2016 at Zion Lutheran Church in Annandale. The Reverend Thomas Queck will officiate. Private interment at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery-Crawford Lake in Buffalo. Visitation 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday, December 1, 2016 at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. A prayer service will be held at 7:30 P.M. Thursday evening, December 1st. Further visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Friday morning, December 2nd.

Honorary casket bearers are Todd Roth, AJ Lindsey and Michael Ramthun.

Casket bearers are Kyle Knop, Dan Lindsey, Dave Roth, Pete Roth, Tim Roth and Mike Roth.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. 763-682-1363.

4 Guestbook Entries

  1. Sandra Letourneau

    I am so sorry about your dad. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Our parents are our foundation and it’s very difficult to lose them. God Bless You!

  2. Arlis Block

    So sad to hear this news before the holiday, especially. Sorry I could not make it to the funeral, but you were all on my mind all day and will be in the future. Know what it is to be missing loved ones during this time and all year long.

  3. Cheryl and Dean Bruns

    Family of Willie Knop: We were not aware of your dad’s passing and missed his funeral service! Thoughts and prayers to all of you in the loss of your dad! We always enjoyed his quick wit and humor. He will be missed! God’s peace and healing, Cheryl and Dean Bruns

  4. Michael and Linda Matanic

    Vicky and the entire Knop family; We share in your grief and send you our thoughts and prayers for comfort during this most difficult time.


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