Bobby G. Knapp


Colonel (retired) Bobby G. Knapp of Oklahoma City was the only child of Robert Lee & Ruth Knapp born in Seminole Ok on March 25, 1936. He died Saturday, May 11, 2019. He graduated from Seminole High School in 1954 and attended Oklahoma State University where he received a Masters degree in Agriculture Marketing in 1960, and his commission through Air Force Reserve Officer Training Program. While at OSU he served as President of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. In April 1960 he began his career as Personnel Officer for the 2589th Air Base Group, Dobbins AFB GA; two years later he was reassigned to the 908th Radar Squadron at Dobbins in the same career field.
In 1962, he married the love of his life, Donna Louise Vandiver. They were transferred to the Portland International Airport in Oregon as Personnel Officer and from there, in May 1965, was transferred to the 33rd Air Base Group, Saigon, as the Personnel Officer. Going from Vietnam to the University of Oklahoma in 1966, where he served two years on the Air Force ROTC Faculty. In August 1968 he was reassigned as Chief, Officer Assignments, Air University, Maxwell AFB AL. While there he attended Air Command & Staff College prior to his depart for Air Force Military Personnel Center, Randolph AFB TX where he served in various personnel management positions for eight years. In July, 1979, Bobby departed for Alaskan Air Command where he served as Deputy Director of Personnel and the Executive Officer for the Command. In 1980, he was selected as the Outstanding Senior Personnel Manager. Bobby retired from TAFB March 1988.
After spending a few "retirement" months to relax, hunt and fish Bobby began his second career February 1989 at the Oklahoma County Bar Association (OCBA) as Executive Director. He was charged with building cash reserves, establishing confidence in the fiscal management of the Association and return to financial wellness among other duties. He established new computerized accounting system and a membership database. He retired from OCBA June 2005 after 16 years.
After retirement Bobby served as President of Sunbeam Family Services and did other volunteer work in the community.
Bobby was preceded in death by his parents. Bobby is survived by his wife Donna, and son Steven of OKC. Sister -in-law Mary Jo Hamrick of Plano Texas.
Viewing will be at Barnes & Friederich Wednesday, May 15 from 12-8; Thursday May 16 from 8-8; with services being held at Barnes & Friederich on Friday at 2:00 in the chapel. Burial will be Rose Hill Cemetery.
Published on May 15, 2019
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