The Obit For Walter Knapp

Walter Knapp
December 27, 1928 - June 10, 2012

Published in The Sun Herald on June 13, 2012

Walter F Knapp, Jr. passed away on June 10, 2012 at his home in Mandeville, LA. Walter was born on December 27, 1928 in West Point, VA to Walter F and Mary Elizabeth Knapp who preceded him in death. Walter and Ida Mae Godby were married on April 5, 1957 in Lovington, NM. She survives him along with their children, son Walter (Debra) Knapp of Cut Off, La, daughters Judy Van Norman (Dave) Yates of Mobile, AL, Jeanne(Joe) Montana of Saucier, MS, Elizabeth (David) Garland of Mandeville, LA and Molly Crego of Grapevine, TX. Also surviving are one brother Alfred Knapp of Richmond, VA, 10 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Walter joined the Air Force and was stationed in Roswell, New Mexico were he found his home. He joined American Linen in 1960 in Roswell, NM and was transferred to Gulfport, MS and retired in 1987.

Walter was well known for his involvement and love for sports, having played professional baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies and worked as a scout for the Cleveland Indians. He coached American Legion Baseball in New Mexico and Mississippi. He also was an official for football, basketball and baseball for both high school and college level teams.

He was inducted into the New Mexico Officials Association Hall of Fame in 2005 which he considered one of his greatest honors.

Walter was an active member of the Catholic Church and a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at E.J. Fielding Funeral Home, 2260 W. 21st Avenue, Covington, LA 70433 on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM with visitation on Thursday from 9:00 AM until Mass time.

Interment will follow in Biloxi National Cemetery at 2:30 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in memory of Mr. Knapp to be made to your favorite charity benefiting children in need.