William F. "Bill" Knapp

William F. “Bill” Knapp

LAS VEGAS, Nev.—Former Casper resident William F. “Bill”Knapp passed away on November 8, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bill was born June 28, 1922, in Howell, Michigan.

During World War II, he served as a paratrooper with the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division.

After leaving military service, he worked as a traveling salesman in Colorado. During the early 1960s, he became a co-owner and manager of a motel and restaurant in Lander and President of the Lander Chamber of Commerce. In 1965, he became owner of the Sunrise Standard service station in Casper.

Bill married Sandy (Shafer) McNees in Casper in 1970. They moved to Colorado, where they lived until 2000, when they moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. After Sandy’s passing in 2011, Bill became close friends with Em Stempin, who compiled a book of letters, documents, and remembrances from his time serving in World War II.

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Bill was a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner. He was President of the Broadmoor Rotary Club in Colorado Springs from 1991-1992. During his later years, he participated in services honoring unattended veterans at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery and was an honorary member of the Patriot Guard Riders.

Bill is survived by his daughters, Sheila Sarver and Nikki Kohmescher; son, Don Knapp; stepsons, Lance and Brendan McNees; and in-laws, Judy and Bob Bradshaw, and Jan and Jim Conn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sandy; and sons, Rick and Ron.

A memorial service will be held at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery in Evansville at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019.

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