Edward W. Knopf died Monday in Plainfield. He was 100.
Born in Crown Point, he was the son of Matilda and Edward Knopf. He married Martha Strakis and Bessie Benton, and both preceded him in death.
Raised on a farm, Mr. Knopf also worked odd jobs and purchased a new Ford, which allowed him to find employment in Chicago during the Great Depression. He served in the Army from 1942-45 at Fort Bragg, N.C.
Mr. Knopf and his family operated a dairy farm until 1952 in Palmer, Ind., then moved to Indianapolis where he farmed, worked in HVAC, was proprietor of a lawnmower repair business, and worked in building maintenance at the Indiana State Capital when he retired.
His memberships included Messiah Lutheran Church at Eagle Creek and America Legion Post 500 in Speedway. As an avid race fan, Mr. Knopf attended 50 consecutive Indy 500 races.
Survivors include a son Kenneth (Sylvia) of Phoenix; a daughter, Joyce of Gary; brothers Emory (Beverly) and Kenneth of Crown Point; a daughter-in-law, Sue Knopf of Indianapolis; grandchildren Keith and Mark of Arizona and Cale of North Carolina; great-grandchildren Breana (Mark), Kaila (Keith), and Joella and Jordan (Cale); step- children Mary Ellen Finchum, Brenda Stearsman, Jean Ghareeb, John Benton, Mike Benton, Rick Benton, Pam Wilbers, and Stephanie Benton; 21 step-grandchildren; and 29 step-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were a son, Wayne (Sue), a brother, Elmer (Pauline), and stepchildren Gailene Rover (Benton) and David Benton.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. July 26 at Messiah Lutheran Church, 6100 N. Raceway Road, Indianapolis. A calling for family and friends will begin at 10 a.m. Conkle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Messiah Lutheran Church.