Knapheide, affectionately known as “Knap,” was a business and civic leader in Quincy who oversaw the expansion of the family company into one of the largest U.S. producers of service and utility truck bodies. In addition, he shared his time and financial support with important community causes.
Knap was a 1963 Quincy High School graduate and received his BS degree in Industrial Administration from Kansas University in 1967. He was Director of the Quincy Area Project, was Past Chairman of the Blessing Hospital Board, a former Director for Mercantile Trust and Savings Bank and served on the boards of the Quincy Society of Fine Arts and the Quincy YMCA and Adams County. He chaired or co-chaired the Salvation Army Campaign of Lights, the Quincy University’s GOAL 2000 Capital Campaign, the Adams County United Way Campaign and the Quincy YMCA Traditions for Tomorrow Capital Campaign. He was a recipient of the Mississippi Valley Boy Scouts Distinguished Citizen Award, the Quincy Neighborhood Federation Theta Jansen Award, and was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Quincy University.