Arno Knapper

Memorial services for Arno F. Knapper, 86, Lawrence, will be held at a later date.  He died January 19, 2012 at the Adams Alumni Center in Lawrence. 

He was born March 23, 1925 in Greene Co., Iowa the son of Jesse and Leota (Swann) Knapper.

He served his country in the United Sates Navy. 
He was a professor at the University of Kansas beginning his career in 1948 and retiring in 1988.
Survivors include a niece, Mari Ann Limburg of Jefferson, IA; great nephew, Chris Limburg & Anne Taylor of Ames, IA; great niece, Heidi Limburg McQueen and Miguel, great great nephews, Michael and Marcus McQueen of San Bernardino, CA and cousins.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Charity of the Donor’s Choice and may be sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.


14 Condolences

  1. Bo & Paula Rollins on January 21, 2012 at 10:33 am

    The memories are cherished….horses – good food – gardening…..oh so many laughs…………Love the Rollins Family

  2. Kathrine Shade & family on January 21, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    We will miss you at the shows…you will always be the one who rode a giraffe…Wille G. Raffe. There will be 2 babies (hopefully with spots) next year for you and Guy.

  3. Angie Nordhus on January 21, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    We have lost a great horseman and friend. KSHSC will not be the same without you. Rest high and thank you for all your encouragement and advice.

  4. Kelly (Casey) Powers & Debbie Casey on January 21, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Arno, you will be dearly missed at the KSHSC shows…. you were definitely the “face” of the circuit. We love you!!!

  5. Nancy Newland/Cassity on January 21, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Yes, the memories…….his pies…..his smile….his laugh…..his spot along the arena and his buddy Willie G Raff. Always telling stories and he never met a stranger. Everyone’s friend. Thanks for the memories Arno..Love-Nancy

  6. Sam, Kelley, and Sullivan Chance on January 21, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    You will truly be missed Arno. We have several fond memories of spending time chatting with you at horse shows. And of course all the wonderful pies and pastries over the years. We miss you. Sam and Kelley Chance

  7. Kim on January 22, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Arno will be greatly missed by his horse show and KU Fan families. We were all so blessed to call him a friend. Oh how I will miss cream pies that he would make just for me any time I put in a request. Please keep us posted on the memorial service in the Spring.

  8. Jenna Brumm on January 22, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    With great sadness we say goodbye to our founding horsemen. His spirit will remain in the Kansas State Horse Circuit & Douglas County Trail Riders with the many lives that he touched.

  9. Bobbie Ward-Hinds on January 23, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I, too, add my fond memories of Arno at so many DCTR & KSHSC events. May you enjoy the stirrup high grass, the always flowing cool, clear water and never ending rides with my mom and dad and so many others who have gone before you that enjoyed your equine and KU friendship.

  10. Caren Lowe on January 23, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I will hold the memory of a fine, loyal, multidimentional friend in my heart and am glad I knew him.

  11. Paul Brushwood on January 26, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    He was one of many fine professors for me at KU. I remember him most for the encouragement and support he gave me as I finished college and pursued my career. His interest was clearly genuine. I’m sure that he provided that same support to many, many others.

  12. Donald W Pageler on January 26, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I entered KU after 4 years in the U S Navy in 1970. Professor Knapper helped bring me from a introvert to contributor in his organizational behavior class. He enlisted my help in counseling freshman and sophmores (during enrolemnet) wishing to enter the Business School. I am fortunate to have had him as a teacher and wish him well on his journey.

  13. Brandy Buis &The Ellis Hayden Family on July 16, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Arno, was a part of the Hayden family.He now joins most of the Hayden family.He was a wonderful,loyal friend.Great horseman,teacher,Baker&GArdener.We were blessed to have him in our lives.God bless you dear FRIEND!!!

  14. Carolyne S Lehr on March 9, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    Thank you for teaching me about roses. You made my garden thrive.

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