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Gary Robert Knapp

Died: Sat., Dec. 15, 2012

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Gary Robert Knapp

Gary Robert Knapp, business executive, adventurer, artist, family man, died
Dec. 15 of heart complications at Saint Joseph hospital in Denver, Colorado.
He was 69 years old.
Mr. Knapp was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin before moving to Denver, Colorado
with his parents Shirley and Robert Knapp. He earned an undergraduate degree
in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado State University and a MasterAs
degree from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. He lived in Maryland, Colorado, and
London while building a successful career as an IBM executive before
retiring in 1999.
Retirement was good to Mr. Knapp. He traveled the world over with his wife,
Loey, beginning by teaching physics and woodworking at an International
School in India. His passion for travel was contagious and he convinced his
children to join him for years of adventures all around Southeast Asia. He
then returned to Colorado to spend time with his daughter and grandchildren
before moving to Montana for LoeyAs new job.
Mr. KnappAs other passion was woodworking. He started by making and selling
AWoodshadowsA at craft shows as a hobby. This hobby turned into a full time
profession while living in Montana. He built elegant craftsman style clocks,
first for family and friends, and eventually for sale at prestigious
galleries and art shows. He had just completed his 900th clock in November.
Mr. Knapp was an active member of his community of Stevensville, Montana,
where he was involved in civic affairs, serving as president of the
Stevensville Art & Sculpture Society and a board member of the Stevensville
Main Street Association. He may best be remembered for initiating the
popular Scarecrow Festival in Stevensville which just completed its seventh
year.
His vibrant, energetic personality will be missed by all.
Mr. Knapp is survived by his wife Loey, his four children Chelsea, Kirby,
Nikhil, Priya and the six grandchildren who adored their Grandpa Gary.
A celebration of his life will be held Thursday, December 20 at 11 a.m. at
the Whitesitt Funeral Home, 314 Church Street, Stevensville. A potluck
reception for friends and family will follow at the Knapp home.

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deirdre swanson
   Posted Thu December 20, 2012
Loey. Gary was such a wonderful part of Stevensville. I -- and we all -- will miss him and his contributions and his twinkling eye greatly; and I know you will miss him even so much more. My sincerest condolences. Deirdre

Frank Connelly
   Posted Mon December 31, 2018
I knew Gary from Kodai and his work with clean stoves in 2010. Many years had gone by and I had a conversation with a friend this past week about his amazing work and the direct positive impact his work had on the health and welfare of literally hundreds of families in South India. I decided to contact him today and sadly have found he passed in 2012. This is belated of course but my deepest condolences to Gary's family. He and I would share momo's at the Nepali restaurant and talk about the challenges of social impact work. Know that all these years later people like me still bring his name up for all the great things he achieved. He inspired me in many ways.

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