Rollen E. Knapp, age 66, of Columbus, Nebraska died Sunday, September 9, 2007 at the Golden Living Center in Columbus. Funeral Services 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 14, 2007 at Peace Lutheran Church in Columbus with Reverend Michael V. Klatt and Reverend Thomas Volker officiating. Visitation is 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday at McKown Funeral Home. Visitation continues Friday from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. with a 10:15 a.m. family prayer service at Peace Lutheran Church. Burial is in the Roselawn Memorial Cemetery in Columbus.
Rollen Elwood Knapp was born February 14, 1941 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Robert F.J. Knapp and Erlena Goeglein Knapp - Myers. He grew up on a farm outside of Fort Wayne and attended grade school at St. Peter's Lutheran School in Fort Wayne. In 1959 he graduated from Concordia Lutheran High School also in Fort Wayne. Rollen took part in 4-H and R.O.T.C.. He worked in grocery stores and later at Tokeim Pump Manufacturing in Fort Wayne. He also attended the Toledo School of Meat Cutting. Rollen graduated from the Lutheran Lay Training Institute in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He married Jean Kidd on June 12, 1965 in Havre, Montana.
Rollen became an assistant Administrator for Lutheran Homes, Inc., in Kendallville, Indiana. He then became an administrator to various Good Samaritan Centers in Holstein and St. Ansgar, Iowa and in Gordon and Osceola, Nebraska. He was also and administrator at Borden Manor in Clinton, Iowa and at the 3rd and 4th Avenue nursing facilities in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In 1991 Rollen became house manager for the Walles House in Columbus until retiring in 2003. He was a member of the Lions Club in Gordon, Osceola and Columbus.
Rollen enjoyed working with wood, matting and framing pictures and doing various volunteer projects at Camp Luther. He was also very active with the Orphan Grain Train in Norfolk, Nebraska. Rollen was a faithful and committed member of Peace Lutheran Church and a member of the Lutheran Laymen's League. He was currently serving as president of the Zone 4 LLL. Rollen was active with the Hispanic Ministry in Columbus, N.E. Nebraska Luthean Disaster Relief Team, was a volunteer at the Columbus Community Hospital and served on various boards in the churches where he belonged.
He is survived by:
Wife: Jean Knapp of Columbus, NE
Son: Kenneth (Cheri) Knapp of Columbus, NE
Daughter: Kimberly Knapp of Omaha, NE
Brother: Roy (JoAnne) Knapp of Fort Wayne, IN
Brother: Rev. James (Connie) Myers of Avon, IN
Sister: Florella (Sam) Genco of Phoenix, AZ
Grandchildren: Kendall Knapp, Derek Knapp, Sean Kratochvil, Matt Kratochvil all of Columbus, NE
Nieces, Nephews and a host of Friends.
He was preceded by:
Father: Robert F.J. Knapp
Mother: Erlena Knapp Myers
Step-Father: Charlie Myers
Memorials may be directed to Lutheran Hour Ministry, Camp Luther, Orphan Grain Train or Peace Lutheran Church.