LODI, Wis. — Lawrence R. Knupp, 74, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, in Lodi, Wis. He was born on Sept. 3, 1942, to Roy E. and Juanita Knupp in Phoenix, Arizona. He grew up in Great Bend, and graduated from Great Bend High School in 1960. Larry married Carol Jean Lathrop, on Sept. 1, 1960, in Ellinwood.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Business Administration from the Keller School of Management.
Early in his career, Larry worked as news director for KVGB radio in Great Bend, then served as the director of news/information for University Relations at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. In 1975 Larry and his wife purchased the Ellinwood Leader newspaper in Ellinwood, where he served as publisher. Over the following years, he founded a technology company specializing in tools for newspapers, worked in IT at Farmers Mutual Insurance of Ellinwood, and became a professor of Computer Science at DeVry University in Kansas City, Mo., where he worked until he retired in 2012. His life-long dream was to be a pirate.
An avid reader of military history and science fiction, Knupp published his first novel, titled, “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” in 2013.
Knupp was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and younger brother, James Ellis Knupp. Survivors include a son, Justin (Amy) and two grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, at a later date. The family would like to thank Good Samaritan Society and Nursing Center for their loving care of Larry. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Good Samaritan Nursing Center, 700 Clark St., Lodi, WI 53555.
Funeral arrangements provided by
All Faiths Funeral Home**
4058 Lien Road
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Sept. 11, 2016