In Memory of Herbert "Herb" Knop

Herbert "Herb" Knop
Herbert "Herb" Knop
Born: July 8, 1930
Died: September 1, 2017
Age: 87
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Herbert "Herb" Knop
July 8, 1930 - September 1, 2017
From: Ida Grove, IA

Herbert “Herb” Knop, age 87, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Friday, September 1, 2017, at the Willow Dale Wellness Village of Battle Creek, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Rev. Richard A. Salcido will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Ida Grove Cemetery with Military Rites by the Mc Namara - Moore Post 61 of the American Legion both of Ida Grove, Iowa. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, September 4, 2017, at the Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Herbert Knop was born on July 8, 1930, in Rural Charter Oak, IA, the sixth of ten children born to Frederick and Alma (Ullerich) Knop. He was a member of Immanuel Soldier Township, where he received his sacraments of baptism and confirmation.

Herb attended parochial school until the 9th grade when his father broke his neck and he was needed to help on the farm. Herb was an 11 year member of the Jolly Soldier’s 4-H group while growing up. He loved showing cattle and hogs. This experience would lead Herb along with his brothers Jute and Frederick starting Knop Brothers Angus. Which later became Knop Angus.

Herb served in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1955. During his time he saw tours in Turkey, Athens, Paris, Rome, Germany, Scotland, Newfoundland, and stateside. It was during his tour in England that he met his future wife Beatrice (Trixie) O’Donnell.

On April 1, 1954, in Colchester, England, Herb was united into marriage to Trixie.  The couple were blessed with six children Gary, Patricia, Michael, Jacqueline, Linda and Tracey.

Herb worked on the farm most of his life. He enjoyed playing cards, softball, bowling, gardening, and spending time with his family when he wasn’t working. In his later years he enjoyed sitting on front stoop and visiting with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Frederick and Alma Knop; wife Trixie Knop; two sisters Mona Gierstorf and Evelyn Lively; one brother Julius “Jute” Knop; and son-in-law Gary McDaniel.

Left to remember him are his six children Gary Knop of Oshkosh, WI, Patricia (Steven) McDaniel of Ida Grove, IA, Michael (Susan) Knop of Arthur, IA, Jacqueline (Randy) Struck of Schleswig, IA, Linda Knop and Tina of St. Petersburg, FL, Tracey (DJ) Newman of Odebolt, IA; 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; brothers Frederick Knop of Kansas and Gene Knop of Ida Grove, IA; sisters Mildred Melvin of Indiana, Florence Hopp of Wisconsin, Ruth Bruhn of Mapleton, IA, Phyllis Dinsdale of Nevada; sister-in-law Ina Knop of Denison, IA; and nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.


10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Rev. Richard A. Salcido


Eric Knop
Nathan Knop
Justin Struck
Alex Newman
Adam Heng
Tyler Newman

Honorary Pallbearers
Jordan Struck
Adam Newman
Austin Knop
Aidan Knop
Mason Knop
Nathan Carey
Alan Bruhn
Jerrod Bruhn
Calvin Bruhn
Dan Knop


5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Monday, September 4, 2017
Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Recorded Selections

"Amazing Grace"
"The Old Rugged Cross"
"Together Again" by Vince Gill


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 1:05 PM
“Linda and family- so very sorry to hear of your dads passing ! You are all in our thoughts and prayers!🙏”
- Misti Baker
Monday, September 4, 2017 at 3:52 PM
“We pray for Herb's soul and comfort for his family as he enters his heavenly reward.”
- Roddy Heng
Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 8:29 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers for the family. ”
- Saundra Bumann
Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 2:42 PM
“My thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Jerry Boger
Friday, September 1, 2017 at 8:59 PM
“Nora and I are so sorry for your loss, and wish Mr. Knop God's speed. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Linda, daughter, is our co-worker, fellow veteran, and friend!”
- Monty and Nora Stokes
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