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Knopf, Robert William

Male 1914 - 2014  (100 years)

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  • Name Knopf, Robert William  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born 26 Aug 1914  Winnebago, , Minnestoa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Sep 2014  [2
    Person ID I22948  Our Family
    Last Modified 29 May 2023 

    Family Kann, Georgianna Louise,   b. 4 Sep 1917, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 2008, Morgan Hill, Santa Clara, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 14 Oct 1939  Carmel, , California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5, 6
     1. Knopf, Georgianna Claire
     2. Knopf, Philip William
     3. Knopf, Roger Craig
    Last Modified 29 May 2023 
    Family ID F8721  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Robert William Knopf
      ( August 26, 1914 - September 10, 2014 )

      Bob passed away peacefully, without pain, at home at 100 years and 16 days!

      Bob was born on August 26, 1914 in Winnebago, Minnesota, the ninth child and last survivor of eleven children of Maxwell M. Knopf and Nellie May Ring. The family moved to Los Gatos in 1917 when Bob was three years old and then to Campbell in 1919. He graduated from Campbell High School and then attended San Jose State College. At San Jose State he met Georgianna Louise Kann (Doddie) of Santa Cruz, they were married in Carmel in 1939 and built their home on a hill in Los Gatos.

      During WWII he worked at Hendy Iron Works in Sunnyvale making steam reciprocating engines for hundreds of war and merchant ships. After the war he became a journeyman brick mason. In 1950, Bob partnered with his brother Ted to form Knopf Bros., a General Building Construction company in Los Gatos, building many homes and commercial buildings there and in the valley. Many times he volunteered his time and building talents to the community. He was a member of the Los Gatos Masonic Lodge, 32nd degree Mason and Life Member of Scottish Rite.

      In 1958, the family bought a ranch in Morgan Hill and farmed the "all valley crop, prunes". After retiring, Bob & Doddie sold their home in Los Gatos and traveled between Campbell River on Vancouver Island, Canada and San Carlos & Manzanillo, Mexico. He loved to go fishing, Canada and Mexico provided the perfect setting. The family eagerly awaited the canned and smoked fish that he brought home. No longer traveling they landed back in Morgan Hill in a cute little cottage next to their son's home. Bob was the consummate vegetable gardener, he enjoyed watching each seed grow and he kept meticulous rainfall details for years and years.

      Bob & Doddie have three children, Roger (Janie Wharton) of Morgan Hill, Phil (Bonnie Findlay) of Los Gatos and Georgianna (or Diney) of San Luis Obispo. Four grandchildren: David (Gina) Knopf; Carrie Knopf; Bryan (Kristen) Knopf; Claire (Brian) Lindstrand. Nine great-grandchildren: David & Gina's (Alexandra, Christopher, Gianna & Dominic Knopf). Carrie's (Olin Bernhoft). Bryan & Kristen's (Riley, Griffin & Grayson Knopf). Claire & Brian's new baby, Hazel LeeAnn Lindstrand, born on 9-10-2014, the same day that Bob passed away.

      Also survived by his sister-in-law, Miriam Votaw Kann and many nieces and nephews.

      He was predeceased by Georgianna (Doddie), his wife of 68 years in 2008, his parents and his 10 siblings.

  • Sources 
    1. [S48] Obit, for Georgianna.

    2. [S48] Obit, for Elizabeth.

    3. [S1642] Minnesota, Births and Christenings Index, 1840-1980,, (Name: Operations, Inc.;).

    4. [S801] Web: Minnesota, Birth Index, 1900-1934,, (Name: Operations, Inc.;).

    5. [S48] Obit, for Robert.

    6. [S3365] Center for Jewish History, Guckenheimer Family Tree.