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Steven M. Knapp was a loving fiancé, son, brother and friend He left this world suddenly on Monday, December 20, 2021 at the age of 50. His battle with serious medical issues in recent years showed his courage in facing life challenges with a smile. Despite the pain, Steve came out a hero and stayed strong until the end.

He was born to Charles & Caroline (Hyer) Knapp on October 15, 1971 in Midland and graduated from Midland High School, class of 1989. Steve was always so compassionate and empathetic. Growing up he was known to be kind when others weren’t and stood up for the underdog. He loved perfecting his skateboarding talents, he went against all social ‘norms’ and expressed himself in many creative avenues.

Music coursed through Steve’s veins and spoke to his soul. It helped him get through tough times, would be a reminder of great times, and provided a creative outlet his talents needed. He was an amazing self-taught drummer for bands such as Fota Morgana, Morbid Fear, Heropig, and Tempermetal. Steve had an incredible ability to put pencil or paint brush to paper/canvas and produce breathtaking results.

Steve enjoyed playing hockey for nine years and was a passionate Detroit Red Wings fan. He watched every game on TV and attended as many games as possible, he was the sixth man on the ice. He would become your life-long friend as soon as you start talking hockey!

Steve had many demons he worked hard and tirelessly to slay throughout his life, but at his core, he loved and was loved so hard by many friends and family and he touched lives in ways we may never know. We are all better for having experienced and loved him.

Left to cherish his memory are his fiancée: Stephanie Wahl; best buddy (dog): Zander; parents: Charles (Onalee) Knapp; siblings: Sherri (Don) Andenno, Susan Knapp, Lisa (David) Warren, Stephanie (Marc) Ker, and Ondi Donley; uncle: Norman Knapp; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He is preceded in death by his mother: Caroline Knapp; uncle: Mike Knapp; and nephew: Daryn Dexter.

A Celebration of Life will take place at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, December 29 at United Church of God, 4606 Bailey Bridge Rd, Freeland, MI 48623, lunch will follow the service.

The family humbly suggests donations in Steve’s memory to The Humane Society of West Michigan,, or adopt an animal in need of a loving home.

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

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, (616) 452-3006.


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10 Condolences

  1. Nicole & Dan Arsenault on December 25, 2021 at 10:48 am

    So sorry Chuck, Onalee and family! Sending love, hugs, thoughts and prayers ❤️

  2. CharLynn McClure on December 25, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    I am sorry to hear about your loss. Praying for comfort to all your family

  3. Carol Knapp on December 26, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Chuck, Onalee,
    Sherri and Sue,
    Stephanie Wahl,
    I am so sorry for your loss, he was so young.
    Praying for all the family for God’s peace and
    Condolences to everyone.

  4. Cindy Tugaw on December 31, 2021 at 11:20 am

    My deepest sympathy and condolences to Suzie, Sherri, Charles, Onalee, Stephanie, and everyone touched by the beauty of Steve’s life. I have such fond memories of Stevie growing up, and I still have a vivid image of that 3 year old toddler I met decades ago, along with the happy times spent playing. We spent hours of playing kick the can at night, and I will forever remember him as a blue-eyed blonde young man with a gift a bringing joy to the room. So sweet. May the memories of the happy times and all of his gifts bring strength during this time of darkness.

  5. Andrew Burd on January 18, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    My friend and brother, pride and disappointment, mentor and student, teammate and rival.

    I’ll miss you.

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