Vernon Knapp

Friday, October 25, 2019

Vernon Knapp, 74, of Concordia, Missouri, formerly of Tilden, Nebraska, went home to Jesus on Oct. 24, 2019.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, at St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Concordia, with Rev. Michael Pottschmidt officiating. Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Concordia. Burial will be in St. Paulís Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Saint Paul Lutheran High School in Concordia or Lutheran High Northeast in Norfolk, Neb. Friends may sign the online register book at

Vernon was born on Dec. 6, 1944, to Otto A. and Mildred V. (Mueller) Knapp in Norfolk, Neb., and was baptized and confirmed in his faith at Green Garden Lutheran Church, rural Madison, Neb. After graduating from Madison High School in 1963, he went on to study Secondary Business Education, attending Norfolk Junior College and Kearney State College, graduating in 1968. After graduation, Vernon taught and coached for ten years. Vernon then farmed and sold seed corn and feed. In August of 1966, Vernon wed his high school sweetheart, Barbara J. Werkmeister, going on to be blessed with two children, Garrett and Marta, and five grandchildren.

Vernon spent his retirement going to his grandchildrenís activities, playing cards, visiting with friends, and participating in Thursday Morning Menís Bible Study. Throughout his life, he held an unwavering faith in God, which he shared with those blessed to know him. Vernon was very active in the church, holding several offices at Immanuel Lutheran, Tilden, Neb., and led the Older Adult Ministry at St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Concordia. He joyfully served on the Board of Directors during the formation of Lutheran High Northeast, Norfolk, Neb.

Vernon is survived by his wife, Barbara; their children, Garrett (Maria) Knapp, Marta (Monte) Pitsch; grandchildren, Cole (Faith) Knapp, Gavan Knapp, Madison Pitsch, Malaina Pitsch, Maggie Pitsch; sister-in-law, Donna Knapp; sister, Sharon Wright; stepbrothers, Stuart (Diana) Hollman and Tom (Deb) Hollman; and several nieces and nephews.

Vernon was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, his stepmother Lorene Knapp, and a brother, Otto Knapp.