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Percy Knapp

Feb 11, 1930 - Nov 8, 2021

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  A celebration of Percy’s life will take place when Covid restrictions are relaxed.

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Memorial donations in Percy’s name may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Knapp, Percy

1930-2021

On Nov. 8, 2021, Percy Knapp passed away peacefully with his family by his side. Percy was born to Elfleta and Ernest Knapp, Feb.11, 1930 in Elk Point AB. He was the second born of 10, and second son. The Knapp’s homesteaded in the Iron River area near Bonneville until 1942 when they moved to the Ewing area (near Erskine, AB). Percy attended school until he was a young teenager. He started his working career assisting the cook in the mining camp at Robb when he was 14. Then he moved back to the Erskine area and worked on numerous farms in the area. Once he acquired his drivers license, he drove truck around Stettler.

In 1950, Percy met Edith Johnson (originally from Stauffer, AB) when she worked at the Stettler Drug Store. Percy and Edith were united in married in Stettler on Nov.30, 1951. Percy and Edith’s family grew to 6. Ernest George (1952), Della May (1954), Cindy Lee (1959) and Clarence Allen (1966). Percy was devoted to his family and provided for them the best he knew how. Between 1951 and 1971 the family moved around Alberta following the Mining, Oil and Trucking employment. They would settle and farm when opportunity was provided. Some of the communities they made home were Nevis, Butte/ Stauffer and, Leedale. In 1971, Percy found employment with Revelstoke Lumber Company in Rocky Mountain House and Harlech. By now Ernest was married with 2 children and was already employed with Revy. In August of 1971, Edith, Della, Cindy, and Clarence moved to Rocky Mountain House. This is where the family put down roots. While they lived around Rocky they farmed in the Frisco and Taimi areas. Percy and Edith were custodians at the Rocky Credit Union over a decade, until their retirement.

Percy was a loving, trustworthy, devoted, hard working, friendly and gentle man. He loved animals, especially dogs and horses. He always had time for family and friends. Coming from a large family, he enjoyed gatherings, community dances and food (sweets especially). He was an avid athlete and was involved in, and organized many sports activities in the communities they lived in. Some of his favorites were baseball, curling, horseshoes and shuffleboard. Once Percy and Edith moved to Rocky, they were able to relax a bit. Percy purchased a truck and camper and they travelled all over Alberta visiting family and friends. He took up fishing at this time as well. Whenever Percy and his siblings gathered the decks of cards came out and tables occupied all open areas. Percy loved playing cards and games with anyone who was willing and taught his children math using card games. If you spent anytime with Percy, you would know he loved to tell jokes and was always looking for a laugh. Percy made friends easily and kept numerous for life. Some of those were the Troops, Fredine’s, Ouderkirk’s, Lewis’s and Veenstra’s.

Percy owned every type of RV over the years. Him and Edith travelled all over Alberta, to Alaska, BC and through to Ontario. His favorite place in all his travels was Nordegg, which is where his last RV was parked. Percy loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, his and Edith’s siblings. The summers were filled with camping, fishing, picnics, and reunions.

Percy will be sadly missed, but never forgotten by anyone who knew him. He is survived by his wife (Edith) of 69yrs. (22 days short of 70 yrs.). His son Ernest (Beverly), Steven Knapp, Kelsey Long and Cathleen Krohn; daughter Della (Larry) Springbett, Donna Wiebe, Marie Thibideau, Ben Robbins, Jesse Whitford, and Terry Whitford; daughter Cindy (Jackson) Morrish, Jason Morrish and Cora Dennis; son Clarence (Roda) Knapp, Greg Knapp, and Robbie Knapp. 18 great grandchildren, 4 great, great grandchildren. As well as his sisters Hazel Kerbes, Blanche Wells, Audrey Preedin; brothers Lloyd Knapp and Douglas Knapp and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. One of Edith’s brothers in- laws Vince Martinoski.

Percy was predeceased by an infant son Gregory Robert; his parents Elfleta and Ernest; brothers Wilfred, Leslie and David; as well as sister Dorothy. Brother-in-law Ken Kerbes and Gordon Wells. Sister in-law Elva Knapp. As well as Mother and Father in-law George and Gladys Johnson; Ediths’s sisters and spouses Nellie (Harry) Maskant, Evelyn (Frank) Jarvis, Lillian (Dane)Ceasor, Ruth (Arnold) Moger, Betty (Wilber) Stainbrook, Marie (John) Waugh, Gwen (Gusty) VonHollen, Shirley (Elmer) Tomalty and Arlene Martinoski.

A celebration of Percy’s life will take place when Covid restrictions are relaxed.

Memorial donations in Percy’s name may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Cremation entrusted to the Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements, 403 845 2626

Condolences

Alexandra Hodgkins:

I will cherish my memories of Uncle Percy . He was such a kind and gentle soul. I knew that his smiling face could be counted on at reunions and that I could stop by the trailer for a game of cards. I used to be shy and anxious around everyone it seemed, but Uncle Percy always encouraged and welcomed me. He will be missed.

Roger and Betty Knapp:

sorry for your loss he was one of the BEST condolence to auntie Edith and the rest of the families

Janet and Terry Rowledge:

God bless Aunt Edith and all the family
Uncle Percy did enjoy celebrations and reunions with everyone
Some real good visits and laughs
Will miss your smile and good nature
Love

Shelley & Stewart Knapp :

Sending our love and condolences to Aunt Edith and all the cousins;
We always looked forward to gatherings where Uncle Percy, Aunt Edith and family were attending. Remembering family picnics where Uncle Percy and the Horseshoe Tournaments were synonymous and him encouraging the younger set to participate.
As with the rest of the family, we will miss him - a kind and gentle man with twinkling eyes.

Dee and Roman:

Sending our deepest symphaty to the families of dady (as we call him). he may rest in peace, the memories he left and created will be forever remembered and cherish.

Wayne and Marilyn Downey:

Please accept our deepest sympathy and condolences.

Blanche Dickau:

So sorry to hear of the loss of Percy. He was a very kind and loving man. He will surely be missed. You have wonderful memories of all the things he did in his life. My thoughts and prayers to all of you big hugs

Dave and Michele Holkestad:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Cindy, Jack and family. Take comfort in the memories with your Dad.

Terry J and Rick Simmons:

Our thoughts and prayers are with dear Cindy and family. Many warm memories of your beautiful father it is a true joy to have known him.

Barb and Jim Johnston:

Sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you Cindy and Jack, also all the family.

Laurie Wacher:

Deepest Sympathy to the families & Auntie Edith.
Thinking of you all. Hold all the memories close.

Donna Hunley :

Thinking of you Cindy and Jack and all your family. Hoping special memories and all your help to keep them happy helps you through this loss

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