Doug Knapp

December 5, 1918 ~ May 3, 2020 (age 101)


His Legacy… Clair Douglas Knapp, 101, passed away May 3, 2020.  He was born on December 5, 1918, in Conneautville, Pennsylvania to Forest Knapp and Irene (LeFever) Knapp. Doug married the love of his life, Grace (Young) Knapp, on December 18, 1948, in Belmont, Massachusetts. They were married for 68 wonderful years.     He will be remembered as a leader, hard worker, patriotic, role model, and family man.  Doug joined  World War II as a pilot and received many medals and a distinguished flying cross. Later, he was hired on with General Motors as a pilot in the flight department.  Doug eventually retired from General Motors and took time to enjoy his hobbies.  His hobbies included tinkering and building stereos, then computers.  Doug also loved to golf, go sailing, and snow skiing.  Most of all, he was a great role model and mentor to his kids and grandkids.  He will be greatly missed.


His Family… Doug will be missed by his children, Donna (Fred) Ritter, Scott (Michelle) Knapp; Sister in Law, Mickey (Mike) Wieclaw; grandchildren, Kate ( John) Smith, George D. Ritter, Steve Knapp, Andy Knapp, Casey Knapp, and Carly Knapp; great grandchildren; Sophia, Jack, Colin, Kellan, Elizabeth, Carter, Tanner, and James. He is preceded in death by his parents, Forest and Irene Knapp; and son, Steve D. Knapp.


His Farewell…  His Community Farewell will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at Borek Jennings Funeral Home. Rev. Bill Donahue will serve as celebrant. Memorial contributions are suggested to University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center.  Please leave a message of comfort for Doug’s family at 1-877-231-7900, or sign his guestbook at

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Private Family Farewell

Borek Jennings - Hamburg Chapel
7425 E. Michigan 36
Hamburg, MI 48139


University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center
1000 Wall Street, Ann Arbor MI 48105
Tel: 1-734-763-8122