Wolfgang Willi Knappek

03/27/1954 — 03/24/2014

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Berlin, West Germany

Wolfgang Willi Knappek

Wolfgang Willi Knappek, Wolf, 59, of Richland, WA passed away Monday, March 24th, 2013.

He was born in Berlin, Germany on March 27th, 1954 to Wilhelm and Alice Knappek. After graduating from Berlin American High School, he moved to the United States. At the age of 17, he joined the U.S. Army serving in Ft. Knox, KY and Ft. Louis, WA. During his 5 years of service, he met his soul mate, Linda Faye Oakley, and they married on August 9th, 1974.

Wolfgang was that fun guy, extremely easy going as long as it was his way, and liked by everyone. He retired after 13 years of service at Boise Trucking Co. He enjoyed boating, mopars, RC helicopters, and playing his keyboard.

Wolfgang is survived by wife, Linda Knappek, daughters, Monica Downing and Jessica Clement, and granddaughter Kaitlyn Downing.

His memories will continue to live on and he will be forever missed.

On Saturday, April 5, 2014 a graveside service will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens for family members at 1:00pm followed by the memorial service, which will be held at First Baptist Church of Richland, WA at 2:00pm. The memorial service will be followed by a reception immediately after at the church.

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  • So sorry for your loss. I’ve missed him since the day he left to take on that awful disease. Hard to believe he’s gone, but I find comfort in knowing that he’s no longer in pain. Remnants of his work are everywhere around our facility and will serve as reminders of our friend for years to come.

    Andy Sarrazin
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA
  • Wolfgang always had a huge smile when he came into Western States Caterpillar to pick up parts . . . and something fun to say . . . he especially loved to talk about his granddaughter . . . special bond there. He really enjoyed the trip to Hawaii . . . he was a very good man .

    carol chambers
    November 4, 2014
    WA
  • My sincere condolences to Wolfgang’s family for this loss. I only knew him from the years we worked together at Boise Trucking but I was always impressed by the way he approached the work he did. It was amazing how he kept everything running and was invovled in everything from computer installations to environmental concerns at the Wallula Terminal. He treated the facility and the equipment as it was his own. He was a good man with strong beliefs.

    Craig Lockwood
    November 4, 2014
    Hermiston, OR
  • So sorry for your loss. I’ve missed him since the day he left to take on that awful disease. Hard to believe he’s gone, but I find comfort in knowing that he’s no longer in pain. Remnants of his work are everywhere around our facility and will serve as reminders of our friend for years to come.

    Andy Sarrazin
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA
  • Wolfgang always had a huge smile when he came into Western States Caterpillar to pick up parts . . . and something fun to say . . . he especially loved to talk about his granddaughter . . . special bond there. He really enjoyed the trip to Hawaii . . . he was a very good man .

    carol chambers
    November 4, 2014
    WA
  • My sincere condolences to Wolfgang’s family for this loss. I only knew him from the years we worked together at Boise Trucking but I was always impressed by the way he approached the work he did. It was amazing how he kept everything running and was invovled in everything from computer installations to environmental concerns at the Wallula Terminal. He treated the facility and the equipment as it was his own. He was a good man with strong beliefs.

    Craig Lockwood
    November 4, 2014
    Hermiston, OR