Keith Knop, 65
Jan. 7, 1950 -- Sept. 21, 2015

Keith KnopKeith Knop, 65, of West Foster Street, Port Washington, died Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in Summit from injuries sustained in a car accident.

He was born Jan. 7, 1950, in Port Washington to Edward and Marie Picciurro Knop. Born and raised in Port Washington, he graduated from Port Washington High School and resided in the house he grew up in. On Nov. 12, 2001, he married his high school sweetheart, Risë Andersen, in La Crosse.

Keith began working for the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office in 1977 as a jailer. He advanced through the ranks quickly, making detective in 1982. He was the head negotiator for the Special Response Team, a member of the Ozaukee County SWAT Team and a member of the Association of SWAT Personnel. He was the founder and past president of the Narcotics Officers of Wisconsin. He retired in 2006.

Although retired, he had a desire to preserve the Sheriff’s Office history. He gathered old photographs and articles, spending many hours at the WJ Niederkorn library, and archived them as the Sheriff’s Office historian. He recently restored his dream car, a 1963 Studebaker Avanti, and entered it in car shows.

He was known as a cook, fisherman and gardener. Keith became an amateur vintner after retirement, garnering second- and third place awards at the Wisconsin State Fair for his cherry and beet varieties. He also started a tree cutting business with his best friend and was known for his ability to drop a tree on target. Keith was always ready with a smile and a story and will be missed by many. He is survived by his wife, Risë Andersen of Port Washington; his sister, Kathie (Sheldon) Shaver of Newburg; and his sister-in-law, Patricia Knop of Port Washington. Further survived by his nieces and nephews, Danielle (Kevin) Weins, Kyle (Sara) Knop, Carmen Shaver and Marshall (Bridget) Shaver; great-nieces and great-nephews, Mark and Katie Weins, Luke and Natalie Knop, Elaina, Sicilia and Owen Shaver and Logan Frank; his children, Kourney, Adam and Andrew Knop; other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ronald “Ron” Knop.

Memorial Services will be held 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, at the Poole Funeral Home, 203 N Wisconsin St., Port Washington. Visitation from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, at the funeral home. Memorials to the Ozaukee County K9 Unit (1201 S. Spring St., Port Washington, WI 53074) or the WJ Niederkorn Library (315 W. Grand Ave., Port Washington, WI 53074) are appreciated.

Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington serving the family, 284-4431 or www.poolefh.com.