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Joseph L. Knapp, 32, of Lansing passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2018.
The son of Timothy & Mary Ann (Batt) Knapp, he was born September 2, 1985 in Lansing. 

He graduated from Lansing Catholic High School and went on to attend Grand Valley State University, Eastern Michigan University, and Lansing Community College, from where he obtained two degrees in Business Finance. 

Joe enjoyed camping, loved football along with other sports, and will be remembered for being a great salesman. 

Joseph is survived by his parents; sisters, Angela & husband Bryan Maloney, and Denise Spornraft; and grandmother, Beatrice Knapp. 

Honoring his wishes cremation has taken place. Visitation with the family will begin at 12:30 p.m. at St. Gerard Parish, 4437 W. Willow Highway, Lansing, 48917, Funeral Mass will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m., with a luncheon to follow beginning at 2:30 p.m.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Joe’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids. 


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  1. Judy & Dave on June 26, 2018 at 7:37 am

    Our heart breaks for you and Tim. We hope that you can draw comfort in knowing that Joe is at peace now and not in pain. May the Good Lord hold you in his arms and bring you comfort.

    Love J&D

  2. Karen McLendon on June 26, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    My heart breaks as I remember Joe as a little boy playing with Angie and my 3 sons at my house. Some good talks with Joe as he grew into adulthood. He had an engaging personality and a wonderful smile. My thoughts and prayers continue for Mary Ann, Tim, Angie and family and Denise.

    May Joe have eternal peace and joy.
    Love Karen

  3. Mike and Joy Ryan on June 27, 2018 at 9:10 am

    Tim, MaryAnn, Angie and other family members …

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find peace in Joe’s memory and may he rest in peace.

    May the perpetual light shine upon him…

  4. Terry & Sherry Knapp on June 28, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Tim, Mary Ann, Angie & Denise,

    You are constantly in our thoughts and prayers.

    May Joe finally find peace & his memory provide you with comfort.

    All our love

  5. Chris Harper on July 9, 2018 at 11:40 am

    I am not certain what grade we were in, but here we are posing together with what appears to be a Western themed photo shoot. I think this was probably 7th or 8th grade. Around that time his family, Mary Ann, Tim, Joe and I took a trip down to Florida, in the family van, to vacation and watch his sister Angie play softball. While Angie’s games were going on Joe and I were playing baseball with each other and anyone else we could get to join with periodic breaks to see what mischief we could get in. We had to keep Tim on his toes. Joe and I always kept ourselves busy by playing with his remote control cars, riding our bikes all over town, playing disc golf at grand woods park and of course getting into Tim’s collections of model airplanes and drum kit. Joe was one of my closest childhood friends.

    Growing up Joe was one of the most athletic guys I knew. He loved Barry Sanders and you could tell by the way he ran the football on the field. Joe was a running back and it was always fun blocking for him. He had an amazing spin move that was always sure to make defenders look foolish. He was accomplished both on and off the field.

    Joe I am certain you are in a better place and never lost the faith that was instilled in us throughout our childhood. Rest in peace brother until we meet again.

  6. John Powers on August 24, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    My heart hurts for you and your family’s loss. As parents we are not supposed to lay our children to rest, it’s not supposed to be that way. I send my deepest condolences to you and yours and may Joseph rest in peace.

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