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Judson Allen "Jud" Knapper

Judson Allen "Jud" Knapper
  • January 6, 1930 - August 18, 2018
  • Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Gull Lake Community Schools Foundation
    10100 East D Avenue
    Richland, MI 49083
  • Grace Hospice
    2725 Airview Blvd., #101
    Portage, MI 49002

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“What wonderful memories I have of that great man, Jud Knapper. I graduated WMU in 1971 and for my last 2 years I worked at the downtown store. When...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: Rodger Rhinerson - Greenville, SC

“Tim and family Jud was a very special man. I started working at the store in PawPaw when I moved there in High school. I then worked at the store in...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: Jerry Tubergen - Grand Rapids, MI

“So sorry to see you lost Jud...I worked for his brother Wes at Lew Hubbard...and Ken had worked for Libin's..they had the mens clothing business...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: Craig Decker - Ruskin, FL

“My sincere condolences to you and your family, Tim. Your dad was such a sweetheart. Sending prayers your way. ”
4 of 26 | Posted by: Liana Koole - Anaheim, CA

“What memories we have from Sterling Rd. in Richland. The pool in the back yard was a huge drawing card for us all and they graciously shared it with...Read More »
5 of 26 | Posted by: Grace Field - Kalamazoo, MI

“Jud was a fine lad of age 16 years when my parents and family became neighbors in 1946, two lots from the Knapper family on Gull Lake. The Knapper...Read More »
6 of 26 | Posted by: Edward Chittenden - VA

“for 4 years I was proud to be one of Juddies boysIt was a great experience and great funI have many wonderful memories of Jud and his family, he will...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: richard schau - KALAMAZOO, MI

“I loved loved working with my friend Jud. I have been in the business for over 30-yrs now and one of my favorite things was to work with him!! ...Read More »
8 of 26 | Posted by: Chris Larsen Larsen - Gobles

“My condolences. ”
9 of 26 | Posted by: Josh Culver - Woodland Hills, CA

“Aubrey ”
10 of 26 | Posted by: Avery - Family Friend

“Very sorry to hear of the passing of JudHe was a very fine man, that I enjoyed working for, and will always be thankful for his friendship.Mark Wagner ”
11 of 26 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry to hear of Jud's passing. We need more Jud Knapers in this world, and his loss will be greatly felt in this area. ”
12 of 26 | Posted by: Joe Mapes - Paw Paw, MI

“Had fond memories of the old Kooi Knapper store downtow Kazoo. Loved talking to Jud & Roger Kooi. Now they are both gone but never forgotten. Rest in...Read More »
13 of 26 | Posted by: John R Cross - Kalamazoo, MI

“I first Met Jud when he purchased the Stag Shop (Men's clothing store) which was next to my fathers Law office in Paw Paw. I then patronized his...Read More »
14 of 26 | Posted by: Bill Daines - Mesick, MI

“I have lots of fund memories of growing up near the store shopping & modeling for the store. Jud always made everyone feel so Welcome. My condolences...Read More »
15 of 26 | Posted by: Craig McILroy - Vicksburg, MI

“My deepest condolences. Jud was one of a kind and will be missed. ”
16 of 26 | Posted by: Donna Barnhart - Bonita Springs, FL

“Dear family & friends:Fond memories of "The Locker Room" and West Main Mall store and the sharp duds from both.Jud's warmth & smile always out shown...Read More »
17 of 26 | Posted by: "Mac from The Gazette" MacKellar - FL

“My parents spent a small fortune clothing me as a teenager at Jud Knapper's. I have wonderful memories shopping there on the mall and chatting with...Read More »
18 of 26 | Posted by: Bob Stroud - Chicago, IL - Friend

“Sending love, comfort and prayers to the entire family. Mr. Knapper will certainly be missed. I remember the "fun" cars that he supplied us with...Read More »
19 of 26 | Posted by: Becky DeNooyer Brown - Highland, MI

“What can I say. To our family, he was Juddie. My brother worked for him when he had Jud Knappers, downtown Kalamazoo. He was a wonderful and kind man...Read More »
20 of 26 | Posted by: Patti tucker - Kalamazoo, MI

“Prayers for your family during this time. May God's peace and comfort surround you. ”
21 of 26 | Posted by: Gary and Phyllis Lubbert - MI

“I have fond memories of Jud from the the Kalamazoo Kiwanis Club. He was always a cheerful and positive force. My deepest sympathy on your loss.Judy...Read More »
22 of 26 | Posted by: Judy Markusse Paget - Kalamazoo, MI

“We were so sorry to hear about Judds passing.He was a great asset to Kalamazoo and your family. May you find his memories will make you smile. ”
23 of 26 | Posted by: Doug and Jane Brewer - Kalamazoo

“Judd had the most genuine smile, I'll never forget that smile. ”
24 of 26 | Posted by: Dick boris boris - Augusta, MI

“Tim, Joni and all the Knapper Family, Barbie and I were sorry to hear of your Fathers passing. I know from our conversation earlier this year how...Read More »
25 of 26 | Posted by: Denny and Barbie O'Reilly - MI

“Tim and family,I am thinking of Jud with a smile and sadness today. He was such a genleman and always had a smile on his face.My thoughts and prayers...Read More »
26 of 26 | Posted by: Alice Witt - Portage, MI - Friend

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Judson Allen "Jud" Knapper of Kalamazoo, MI

Jud, age 88, went to be with his Lord and Savior on 8/18/2018 with his family by his side. Jud was born January 6, 1930 to Madeline and Judson Knapper, the second born of four children. Jud attended Kalamazoo College and graduated from Northwestern University where he met and married his wife Joan Schmidt in October of 1952. They made their home in Richland, MI welcoming Timothy (Joni) and Karen (Jonathan Koets). Joan and Jud established and operated several clothing stores in Kalamazoo for many years, enjoying summers with their family in South Haven and at their cabin in the woods near Traverse City. Heaven has gained a talented haberdasher, retailer and salesman, whether it was clothing, senior apartments, or real estate.

Jud served in the United States Air Force. He was very philanthropic and devoted many hours to charitable organizations over the years including the Kalamazoo Foundation, United Way, Constance Brown, ROI, Downtown Kalamazoo Association, Gull Lake Community Schools Board of Education Trustee, Gull Lake Community Schools Foundation, Bronson Methodist Hospital, Nazareth College, Family and Children's Services, Boys National Junior Tennis Tournament and many more. In 1992, he was awarded the Irving S. Gilmore Lifetime Achievement Star Award for Volunteering. He was as comfortable in a Santa Suit delighting children as he was chairing a board meeting.

Jud ("Poppy") was very proud of his grandchildren, Joshua, Robbie (Shelagh), Stephanie (David), Elizabeth (Evan), and Sara (Eric). He also delighted in his three great grandchildren, Emma, Nora and Leia. Jud leaves behind a special friend, Jan Speers.

Jud was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Joan and her parents Clarence and Viola Schmidt in addition to his siblings, Joyce (Russ) Kneen, Ken (Vicki) Knapper and Wesley (Janee) Knapper.

The family would like to thank Grace Hospice and The Gardens staff for their tender care of Jud these last few months. They compassionately and skillfully aided his transition from this world to his eternal home. Memorial contributions in Jud's memory may be made to Grace Hospice or the Gull Lake Area Community Schools Foundation. Please consider a donation to your favorite charity in lieu of flowers.

The visitation and funeral will be held on Friday, August 24, 2018. Please visit with the family at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel, 9170 East Avenue (M-89) from 1:00-2:00 with a Celebration of Life to Follow at 2:00 pm. Private interment will be in Prairie Home Cemetery, Richland with the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Honor Guard bestowing military honors and where he will be buried alongside his wife, Joan.