Kathryn Ray “Kasey” Knapp

Kathryn Ray “Kasey” Knapp, 86, of Leawood, Kansas, passed away March 31, 2014 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. She was born March 11, 1928 in Havelock, Iowa, daughter of Harold and Phoebe Ray Crowell.  She graduated from Iowa State College, now known as Iowa State University with a degree in Home Economics.  Kathryn taught for many years in Rockwell City, Iowa.  She married Duane “Cotton” Knapp who preceded her in death.

Kathryn and Cotton retired 17 years ago to Lake of the Ozarks. Following Cotton’s death in 2002, she relocated to Leawood, Kansas where she was a member of the Leawood United Methodist Church.  She also was a member of PEO Chapter EG in Rockwell City.

Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her brother and sister-in-law, George and Wanda Crowell.  She is survived by her daughter Melinda Householder and husband, Michael and two grandchildren, Jenna and Jack Householder.
A private family graveside service will be held later at the Rosewell Cemetery in Rockwell.  Memorial contributions may be made in Kathryn’s name to the Rockwell City Library.

 

4 Comments

  1. Lana Pitstick on April 10, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Dear Family of Kathryn Knapp,
    I, too, want to let you know of “Mrs. Knapp’s” guidance & influence as my social studies and home economics teacher. I always liked her as a teacher, but appreciated her knowledge and caring nature well beyond my high school years. Even though I beat my muffin batter & they were like hockey pucks, I still struggle to sew a button on and I can’t make a flaky pie crust to save my soul, many life lessons and skills taught by Mrs. Knapp have stuck with me! Her most kind gesture was her thoughtfulness when my husband’s brother died unexpectedly. She cared about her students long after they left her classroom. Your mom was very special to many people!

  2. Deann Haden-Luke on April 10, 2014 at 10:03 am

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    To Kathryn’s family: My cousin Jill alerted me to Kathryn’s passing. So sorry to hear she is gone. I, too, had “Mrs. Knapp” for 6th grade social studies (Iowa history) and FHA in Lytton. I think I tried her patience quite often as I was always talking in class…and became a bit rebellious in high school.

    Things came full circle and years later we were in the same Writing Across the Curriculum class for teachers in Rockwell City – I worked as an English instructor for the Calhoun County Writing Project.

    She was very complimentary and supportive of my writing. I went on the write and publish the musical “Cardiff” based on the Cardiff Giant story, which I learned about in her 6th grade Iowa history course.

    Kathryn sent me a bouquet of flowers for opening night of the premiere (at the Iowa Central Comm. College auditorium, and then attended a later performance. I was very, very grateful for this kind gesture and told her so.

    I think she was relieved that I had gotten my life on track and had come full circle to become involved in education. I was just thinking of her the other day as I’m still working on the next steps for another Cardiff production. I hope I finally made her proud. I’m thankful she never gave up on me – just like every great teacher, she gave a part of herself in order to guide her students toward a productive future.

    I’ll remember her always!

  3. Deann Haden-Luke on April 10, 2014 at 10:02 am

    To Kathryn’s family: My cousin Jill alerted me to Kathryn’s passing. So sorry to hear she is gone. I, too, had “Mrs. Knapp” for 6th grade social studies (Iowa history) and FHA in Lytton. I think I tried her patience quite often as I was always talking in class…and became a bit rebellious in high school.

    Things came full circle and years later we were in the same Writing Across the Curriculum class for teachers in Rockwell City – I worked as an English instructor for the Calhoun County Writing Project.

    She was very complimentary and supportive of my writing. I went on the write and publish the musical “Cardiff” based on the Cardiff Giant story, which I learned about in her 6th grade Iowa history course.

    Kathryn sent me a bouquet of flowers for opening night of the premiere (at the Iowa Central Comm. College auditorium, and then attended a later performance. I was very, very grateful for this kind gesture and told her so.

    I think she was relieved that I had gotten my life on track and had come full circle to become involved in education. I was just thinking of her the other day as I’m still working on the next steps for another Cardiff production. I hope I finally made her proud. I’m thankful she never gave up on me – just like every great teacher, she gave a part of herself in order to guide her students toward a productive future.

    I’ll remember her always!

  4. Jill Haden Birks on April 9, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Family of Kathryn: I saw Mrs. Knapp’s obit in the Rockwell City paper. It said she was a teacher in Rockwell City but she was my teacher in Lytton. I had her for 6th grade social studies and for freshman HOme Ec.
    She was a great teacher and she inspired me to be a leader when I didnt really want to be! I had so much fun with her in Home Ec and FHA.

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