Ronald E. "Ron" Knop

A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 7 p.m. tomorrow evening, Feb. 2, for Ronald E. "Ron" Knop of Port Washington. Ron died at his home after a battle with cancer at the age of 63. The Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Patrick Wendt at St. Peter of Alcantara Catholic Church (1800 N. Wisconsin St.) in Port Washington. Visitation will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at the church on Friday to include an American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars walk-through at 6:45 p.m. Poole Funeral Home in Port Washington is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Ron was born on July 26, 1943 in Port Washington, son of Edward and Marie Picciurro Knop. He served in the U.S. Army from 1964-66 during the Vietnam War. On Oct. 7, 1967, he married Patricia Steenis of Port Washington at St. Maryís Church in Port Washington. Ron was employed by the Wisconsin Electric Power Plant in Port Washington for 36 years, retiring in 2003 as a senior power plant rigger mechanic. He was a member of the International Association of Operating Engineers Local 317 and Employees Mutual Benefit Association (EMBA).

Ron kept busy with several other organizations. He was a member of St. Peter of Alcantara Catholic Church and a member of its Building and Grounds Committee. He was also a past president St. Peterís Menís Club, a past secretary St. Peterís Menís Club for 12 years and past president St. Peterís Usher Society. He was past commander of Van Ells - Schanen American Legion Post 82, Port Washington; life member of the Past Commanders Club of Wisconsin and Adjutant for Legion Post 82 for 32 years. In addition to the American Legion, Ron was also a life member of Ozaukee Memorial Post 5373 Veterans of Foreign Wars, Voiture #1330 40/8 and "Bugles Across America," a group of volunteer buglers for military funerals. He played "Taps" for many funerals and military events.

Ron enjoyed family and friends, hunting, fishing, watching the Packers and Badgers, NASCAR, cutting wood, playing cribbage and sheepshead, golfing and bowling. He was a member of the John Lake Association, the Lincoln County Sportsmanís Club and a faithful member of the "Devilís Pocket" of Merrill.

Ron is survived by his wife Pat; children Danielle (Kevin) Weins of Oak Creek and Kyle (Sara) Knop of Port Washington; and grandchildren Mark and Katie Weins. He is further survived by his brother Keith (RisĎ) Knop of Port Washington; sister Kathie (Sheldon) Shaver of Newburg; brother-in-law Hans Werner of Alabama; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Marie Picciurro Knop; his in-laws George and Janet Steenis; and his sister-in-law Suzanne Werner.

Ron donated his body to the Medical College of Wisconsin. Memorials to the Childrenís Hospital Foundation (5583 Waterford Lane, Suite A, Appleton, WI 54913) for juvenile diabetes in honor of Ronís granddaughter Katie are appreciated. For online condolences and/or information, please visit