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Glen George Knopp, 74, passed away at his home in Seeley Lake on June 9, 2017. Glen was born on December 13, 1942 to Glen L. and Rose L. (Freauff) Knopp in Pocatello, ID.
After graduating from high school, Glen enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1964. He completed basic training and was stationed in Washington, DC as a fuel specialist for Air Force One under President Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1966, he was transferred to Ankara, Turkey as a logistic specialist at a remote radar station. Glen also married his sweetheart, Barbara J. Neward in 1966 and together they started their family.
As much as his love of country drove him, he missed his young family. He left the military in 1968 to return to his family back in the States. Adjusting to civilian life, Glen began working at the Frenchtown paper mill. He worked his way to senior foreman in the pulp division. He retired in October of 2001 after 34 years with the mill. While at the mill, he also started his first auto mechanic shop in Missoula in 1974, B&G Auto.
After retiring from the mill he and Barbara moved to their property in Seeley Lake. He had a passion for working on cars. Even during the past couple years, he worked on the vehicles of close friends and family, turning his passion more into a hobby than a business. He never fully retired. Glen also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved his country and continued to serve as Commander of VFW Post 7992 and a longtime supporter and board member of Veterans and Families of Seeley Lake. His commitment to veterans and his community was never ending. Glen loved his friends and family and would do all he could to take care of them.
Glen is preceded in death by his parents Glen and Rose and a niece Katie Salas.
Glen is survived by his wife of 51 years, Barbara, brother Kenneth (Kathy), sister Anita (Charles) McCartney, sons; Shawn, Alan (Michelle) and daughter Stacy (Tim) Penhorwood. He is also survived by his grandchildren; Michael Knopp, Samantha (John) Geile, Adalissa Penhorwood, Izabelle Penhorwood, Michael Steven Skabowski, Cody (Ashley) Deanne, Harley (Kayla) Moore and five great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home. Interment and a reception will follow. Condolences can be left for the family at www.sunsetfuneralhomecemetery.com.
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