Henry "Hank" E. Knoop

Jan. 23, 2015

Henry "Hank" E. Knoop (BS Chem Egr '69) of Ionia passed away peacefully from surgery complications on Jan. 19, 2015. He was 67.

He was born on April 9, 1947, in Portland, Mich., the son of Albert and Clara (Thelen) Knoop. 

Knoop graduated from Pewamo-Westphalia High School in 1965 and earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1969 from Michigan State University. 

He worked for more than 30 years in Ohio and Michigan as a chemical engineer and retired as a global director of safety.

In his retirement, he thoroughly enjoyed working as a substitute teacher, especially in the areas of math and science.  He was active in his community his entire life, volunteering with Indian Princesses, Boy Scouts, and the Ionia County Historical Society.

Surviving are his loving wife of 42 years, Doni; children, Brenda Knoop (Sean) Whitmore, Doug (Carrie) Knoop, Rachel Knoop (Tom) Brownridge, and Vicky Knoop; grandchildren, James, Robert, Victoria, Rebecca, Walter, Jack, Zoe and Bennett; siblings, Catherine (Ray) Rowell, and Ann Marie (Larry) Pung, Rita (Wayne) Thelen, John (Cyndi) Knoop and Dennis Knoop; brother-in-law, Ray Fedewa; many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.

Services were Jan. 23 at Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ionia.

Memorials may be made to the Ionia County Historical Society or Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church Capital Campaign.

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