Knapp, Michael P., Saginaw, Michigan

It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our brother, friend, and uncle, Michael Paul Knapp who passed away suddenly on February 9, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Age 50 years. The son of the late Richard and Marilyn (Cahill) Knapp, Mike was born September 10, 1964 in Davenport, Iowa. Mike was a trader of electronic products on the CME/CBOT exchange in a trading firm where he had many good friends. In his youth, Mike was a member of St. Helen's Catholic Church; participating in the choir by playing guitar and working as an altar boy when younger. He loved fishing and spending time with his family and friends, especially his nieces and nephews. Tom Kirby, a coworker and friend of Mike's, described Mike as a fierce and loyal friend; quick to defend those in need and the first to stand up for what he believed in. Mike had an unending generosity of heart. He gave all that he had and more, whether it be money for those less fortunate, counseling for someone enduring difficulties, or a good laugh to those in desperate need of a dose of his quirky humor. He was a friend and confidante to many, and his enduring gifts will be missed more than words can possibly express. Mike's genuine spirit made a positive and lasting impression on everyone and anyone who crossed his path. Those who were fortunate enough to meet him, carry that spirit with them. Mike is survived by two sisters and three brothers, Anne Knapp of Natick, MA; Mark (Dawn) Knapp of Grand Blanc; Matt Knapp of Freeland; Marty (Kim) Knapp of Bay City; and Maureen (Anthony) Beckrow of Saginaw; he is also survived by his many nieces and nephews, Julia, Josh, Marie, Zera, Tessa, Zane, Bailey, Blake, Kelsey, Brynn, Gavin and Marilyn. Honoring Mike’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of Mike’s life will take place on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 12 p.m. at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road. Rev. Fr. Ronald Wagner will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home where the family will be present on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of service. According to his wishes, Mike’s ashes will be spread over the Little Manistee River where he spent many hours participating in his lifelong love of fishing. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.