AUSTINTOWN - Warren H. Knopp, 94, of Columbiana, passed away Wednesday evening at Clare Bridge in Austintown.
Warren was born on June 6, 1918, in Beaver Township, the son of Alvin and Effie (Bare) Knopp, the fifth of 10 children.
A 1936 graduate of Columbiana High School, he worked for the Concrete Shipbuilding Company in San Diego during WWII. Warren spent most of his working years as a farmer. He retired from Youngstown Welding and Engineering in 1978 when he lost his right hand in an industrial accident.
Despite his handicap, Warren was an avid gardener in his retirement, specializing in dahlias and roses. In the summer, Warren loved to grow flowers, and in the winter, he was an avid bird watcher.
He was a 45 year-member of the East Liverpool Dahlia Society, the American Dahlia Society, a 35 year-member of and past president of the Columbiana Rose Club, the Mens Garden Club of Youngstown, Warren Rose Club, Mahoning Rose Club, and the American Rose Society. He was also a member of the former Grant Cook Bird Club. He was a faithful member of the Leetonia Mennonite Church since 1973.
He leaves to cherish his precious memory his wife, Esther Lois (Thompson) Knopp, whom he married in October 1943; his daughters, Susan Ann Knopp of Columbus and Sarah (Jack) Puffenberger of Toledo; a sister, Ruth Emch of Bowling Green; a brother, Homer Knopp of Canby, Ore.; his grandchildren, Kathryn (Matt) Del Vecchio of Columbus, Thomas (Jackie) and Emily Puffenberger of Toledo and Martha Puffenberger of Eaton; his great-grandchildren, Libby and Emma Puffenberger and Audrey and Charlotte Del Vecchio; 20 nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
Besides his parents, Warren was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul and James Knopp; and five sisters, Wilma Souders, Dorothy August, Marion Robertson Haus, Lois Evelyn Knopp, and an infant sister, Edith Knopp.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Leetonia Mennonite Church with the Rev. Phil Slabaugh officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Seederly-Mong and Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana and one hour prior to the services Saturday at the church. Burial will be at Midway Mennonite Cemetery.
Material contributions may be made to Southern Care Hospice, 5401 Ashley Circle, Suite E, Austintown, Ohio, 44515; to Alzheimer's Association of Greater East Ohio, 70 W. Streetsboro St., Suite 201, Hudson, Ohio 44236; or to Leetonia Mennonite Church-Missions, P.O. Box 226, Leetonia, Ohio 44431.
Family and friends are invited to visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to sign the guestbook or send private condolences.