In Memory of Michael C. Knop

Michael C. Knop
Michael C. Knop
Born: April 21, 1958
Died: April 11, 2018
Age: 59
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Michael C. Knop
April 21, 1958 - April 11, 2018
From: Arthur, IA

Michael C. Knop, age 59, of Arthur, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at his home, of Arthur, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, April 15, 2018 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Rev. Richard A. Salcido will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. Committal Services will be held at a later date in the Ida Grove Cemetery 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

Michael “Mike” Craig Knop, the son of Herb and Beatrice “Trixie” (O’Donnell) Knop, was born on April 21, 1958, in Denison, IA. Mike grew up on a farm near Woodbine, IA. He graduated from Woodbine High School with the class of 1976. After high school, he attended Scott Community College in Davenport, IA and received his certification in solar technology.

In 1979, Mike relocated to Ida Grove, IA and met the love of his life, Susan Kay Petersen. The two were united in marriage on June 28, 1980, in Moorehead Park. The couple were blessed with a daughter Nicole. The family moved to Tulsa, OK in 1981, where Mike was employed as a heavy machinery operator. While living in Oklahoma, the couple welcomed their son Nathan. In 1987, the family returned back to the Ida Grove area and made their forever home in Arthur, IA. While living in Arthur the family welcomed sons Austin, Aidan and Mason.

Mike will always be remembered as a devoted husband, father, brother and uncle. Mike relished taking trips on his motorcycle with his wife to Sturgis and Yellowstone as well as spending time with his family camping. A hard worker and a jack-of-all-trades, Mike enjoyed tinkering as well as spending time customizing his Harley. One of his proudest achievements was designing and remodeling their family home. He also appreciated collecting 1:16 scale model cars and all types of eagles.

Left to cherish his memory include his wife Susan Knop of Arthur, IA; children Nicole Knop (special friend Brent Wessel) of Ida Grove, IA, Nathan Knop (fiancée Crystal Thomsen) of Wichita, KS, Austin, Aidan and Mason Knop of Arthur, IA; brother Gary Knop of Wisconsin, sisters Patricia McDaniel (special friend Steven McDaniel) of Ida Grove, IA, Jacquie (Randy) Struck of Schleswig, IA, Linda Knop (special friend Tina Naid) of St. Petersburg, FL, and Tracey (DJ) Newman of Odebolt, IA; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Herb and Trixie Knop.



2:30 p.m., Sunday,
April 15, 2018

St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Reverend Richard A. Salcido



Nathan Knop
Brent Wessel
Evan Bruhn
Dan Knop
Justin Struck
Alex Newman

Honorary Pallbearers:

Austin Knop
Aidan Knop
Mason Knop


4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.,
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Christensen ~ Van Houten
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Geraldine Dankert, Organist
Eric & April Wells, Vocal Duet

Congregational Hymns
"How Great Thou Art"
"I Know That My Redeemer Lives"

Vocal Selections
"When They Ring The Golden Bells"
"Just A Closer Walk With Thee"


At A Later Date:

Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Monday, April 16, 2018 at 9:17 AM
“So heartbreaking. Mike was such a great man in so many ways. He was taken away from us way too soon. He will always be remembered. God bless you and your family through these difficult times. ”
- Rebecca Snell
Monday, April 16, 2018 at 9:17 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss.”
- Kevin Barnum
Friday, April 13, 2018 at 1:10 PM
“From your Missouri family we send our love, thoughts, prayers and hugs, Mike is forever in our hearts, all our love, Teri & family”
- Teresa ( Teri) Uhl
Friday, April 13, 2018 at 1:10 PM
“So Very Very Sorry
Prayers Prayers To All The Family.
Love And Hugs To All. ”
- Patty Niedermyer
Friday, April 13, 2018 at 9:25 AM
“So sorry. Always in prayers.”
- Mike Porto
Friday, April 13, 2018 at 9:25 AM
“Sue Deepest Sympathy! I can remember a lot of good times playing softball and having a lot of fun. Mike R.I.P. and God Bless Him!!!!
- David Redenius
Friday, April 13, 2018 at 9:25 AM
“So sorry about your loss. Prayers are sent for you!!”
- Stewart and Pam Challstrom
Friday, April 13, 2018 at 9:25 AM
“Sue, I'm so sorry to hear this. . Sending prayers to you and the rest of the family. Sending comforting Angels to help you through this time.....”
- Betty (Mildenstein) Dahl
Friday, April 13, 2018 at 9:24 AM
“Sue and family, you will all be in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Jennifer Quest
Friday, April 13, 2018 at 9:24 AM
“Sorry to hear about Mike Our condolences”
- Ken & Anne Thornhill
Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 3:44 PM
“Tuesday night our group of girls from high school days net for supper. We talked about how unfair life can be when there is so much left to live. We marveled again at Mike's natural talent for painting in art class. He is remembered for his smile & his sense of humor, which made him a fun friend. Our hearts out with your family.”
- Bev Cohrs Ganzhorn
Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 2:50 PM
“Sending my love and prayers to the family of mike.. he was a great guy and will be missed greatly. I always enjoyed his company at sparkys when I was working.. ”
- Sahvannah
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 2:00 PM
“ My heart is aching for all of you at this time. Prayers of strength for the days ahead.
- Bryce, Kelly, Jersey & Boys
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 10:59 AM
“Dearest Susie, Nicole, Nate and boys,
My heart bleeds for all of you. Our comfort is in knowing that Mike is resting securely in our Heavenly Father's arms. My love, my thoughts, and my prayers are with all of you. From your
Aunt/great aunt/great great aunt, Joan”
- Joan K. Petersen
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