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Alan Barton “Bart” Knapp, age 85, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Naples, Florida, passed away Saturday, January 26, 2019 peacefully at home.  Bart was born in Battle Creek and was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, proudly serving with the United States Navy.  He was a retired business owner of service stations and the Grand Rapids Auto Auction.  

Bart had a passion for boating, taking family and friends on Lake Michigan and Gull
Lake.  He navigated his boat with lifelong friend, Bill Windatt, from Lake Michigan through both the Mississippi and the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico where he retired in Naples.  He was an avid fisherman always welcoming family and friends on his boat in the Gulf of Mexico.  Bart’s time back in Michigan was enthusiastically spent watching the birds, turkeys, deer, other wildlife and spending time with family.


He was preceded in death by his daughter, Alana Kay “Kate” Stone; grandson, Ryan Stone; and sister, Nancy Ballard.


Bart is survived by his children, Brent Knapp, Brian & Jean Knapp, Kim Charron, and Kristi & Gary Denton; nine grandchildren;  eleven great-grandchildren;  a niece and three nephews; and many special lifelong friends.


In memory of Bart, those wishing to offer an expression of sympathy may make a memorial contribution to Wildlife Rehab Center of Grand Rapids (  run by dear friends Roger and Peg Markle or to Faith Hospice ( 


Honoring his wishes, cremation has taken place. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Bart’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:


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  1. Kimberly Charron on January 30, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Whistling and Chili dogs will forever fill my heart with love and a smile. Love and miss you always, Dad.

  2. Karlee McCarroll on February 5, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Thanks Bartman! much love to you from all of us! we will fondly remember all the wonderful times shared with you! Thanks for being you! You are missed but we are happy you suffer no longer xoxo Karlee

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