Fred C. Knapp, 80, of Alto, NM passed away Monday, March 27, 2017 at his home. He was born February 22, 1937 at El Paso, Texas. After graduating high school Fred was in the Seabees in 1955. He retired as a fireman for the City of El Paso then moved to Ruidoso in 1982. In Ruidoso he served as a Building Inspector for the Village of Ruidoso. Fred was credited with bringing the annual convention of building officials in the state to Ruidoso, combining the event with state fire marshals. He attended the Catholic Church and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He married Mary Ann Werthmann on September 27, 1958 in El Paso, Texas. His family is his wife Mary; daughters, JoAnna Badillo of El Paso and son-in-law Manuel, Lorraine Fender of El Paso and son-in-law Rodney, Mildred Rojas of El Paso and son-in-law Guillermo and Patricia Robles of Alamogordo and son-in-law, Gabriel; 8 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, James Frederick Knapp in 1982.
His Rosary will be Monday, April 3, at 9:30 A.M. at St. Eleanorâ€™s Catholic Church with the Funeral Mass to follow at 10:00 A.M.
So sorry for your family's loss. Fred was wonderful man and a shining bright spot in my two years wth the Village of Ruidoso. A leader in the community and true friend to me and countless others. Rest In Peace Fred.
Dan HigginsManassas, VA
Chata I'm sorry I could not make I will miss you very much and it said to know that bane will not know his great-grandfather or his grandpa but I know you both are with him in spirit love you very much chata rest easy now and may be with you I love you
Manuel BadilloColorado Springs, CO
Our family sends our sincere condolences to the Knapp Family. So very sorry for your loss. Fred was my brother-in-law but more like a brother to me. His sister and I are very happy and we were blessed that we got to see Fred in October of last year. The short time we were there will be another memory for us to keep in our hearts. He will be missed. But I'm sure he has had a welcoming like no other in heaven. Until we meet again my friend. Rest in Peace now you are with God.
The Deven family and sons.
Mel C.DevenBremerton, WA
Day by Day I think of you, how can all of this be true. I can't believe you're really gone. Just the thought of you makes me cry. You were my brother and I love you like no other and I will always love you no matter what other people think! I will miss you with all my heart, I wish we never had to part. I know you will always be by my side. So now I guess this is goodbye.
Rest in Peace my bother Fred-Your loving sister Mildred.
Mildred A. DevenBremerton, WA
A great guy. Rest in peace Uncle Fred. Sending prayers to my aunt Mary and my cousins.
Joe Werthmann Jr.El Paso, TX
Mary and Family, It is so sad when someone we love passes and I feel for your loss of a dear husband, dad and grandfather. What a wonderful legacy of love with 58 years of marriage brought to life through your many beloved wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. May you be consoled in the many happy memories of Fred and family in the coming months and years. Godspeed, Ann & Dann Barnes
Ann BarnesAlamogordo, NM
Dearest Mary and entire Family. Stan and Fred moved mountains together. There was no project too hard for them to handle. They were a force to be reckoned with. Fred is dearly missed by all of my family. Love and Blessings to all. Sandy East
Sandy EastRoswell, NM
Mary and all the Knapp family: Yvonne and I are truly sorry to hear about Fred’s passing. He was always a great friend to me and my family. I fondly recall his special dry humor about building inspections and tractor lore that will be sorely missed at family reunions. Please accept our deep felt condolences. We have sent a generous donation to the American Indian College Fund on his behalf because I know he would enjoy knowing that such will be put to good use as he was always an advocate of Native American values and aspirations.--- Dr Richard and Yvonne Gonzalez
Richard and YvonneSan Lorenzo, NM
Such a wonderful man. I will miss hearing his laugh and seeing his heart warming smile :)
Lori MuseRuidoso, NM
Mary, we are so saddened to hear of the passing of Fred. He was a wonderful man and will be forever in our memories. We are keeping you and your family in close to our hearts and in our prayers.
Bill and Debbie HeinekenRuidoso Downs, NM
Our hearts are very sad today. I was talking with Joshua and Shirí last night about how Fred would give them tractor rides on our farm. We laughed about when he and Mary came to Albuquerque to help us carve pumpkins. What a mess we made. I was so blessed for everything he did for me during my wedding and the love he gave to my family. The treasure memories we have shared together as a family will always be in our heart. I expect Fred and my Dad are talking tractors together and laughing at their crazy stories. With all our love, Sharlene, Joshua and Shirí
Sharlene HowellAlbuquerque, NM
We extend our sincere condolences to the entire Knapp Family. In this sad time may you find strength in our heavenly Father's promise that we can be reunited with our loved ones who have fallen asleep in death by means of a resurrection and death will be no more, Revelation 21:3-4, John 5:28. Then 80 years will be only a few. What a wonderful time that will be.
May this precious hope that awaits us, with the love of family and friends, bring you a measure of comfort now and in the days ahead.
Payne FamilyRuidoso, NM
Fred and Mary are special friends. They thought me more about being a Priest than the Seminary....always kind and very interesting. I will remember Fred at my Masses this weekend in Puerto Vallarta....
Fr. David BergsPuerto Vallarta, MC, NM