James Knapp

April 6, 1943June 24, 2020

James Ian Keith Knapp “Jim”, age 77 died Wednesday, June 24, 2020 in Dayton, OH surrounded by his wife and children. Jim was born in Brooklyn, NY in April 1943 to the late Rev. Charles and Christine Knapp. He attended the Cathedral Choir School of St. John the Divine, and then graduated from Kent School in Kent, CT. He went on to receive A.B. cum laude in 1964 from Harvard University; J.D., Order of the Coif, in 1967 from University of Colorado; and Master of Laws, Taxation, in 1989 from Georgetown University Law School. Jim retired in 2010 after 42 years of service to local and federal governments. Jim began his career in 1968 as Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles County, CA. He was promoted to Head Deputy District Attorney of the Pomona Office in 1978 and served until 1982. Jim and his family relocated from CA to Washington, DC in 1982 when Jim began his service at the US Justice Department. Jim’s 12 years of service at the Justice Department resulted in the following roles: Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division from 1982 – 1986; Deputy Associate Attorney General from 1986 – 1987; Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Tax Division from January – May 1989; Acting Deputy Chief in the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section from 1989 – 1991; and Deputy Director of the Asset Forfeiture Office from 1991 – 1994. In 1994, Jim and his family relocated to Dayton, OH where Jim served as Administrative Law Judge for the US Social Security Administration in Dayton, OH until his retirement in 2010. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Michelle Knapp. Jim is survived by his wife of 38 years, Carol Knapp; five children, Jennifer (Bryon) Rael, Karen (William) Wells, Kristin (Marco) Nichols, Kristy (Andrew) Hager, David (Molly Saunders-Scott) Knapp; thirteen grandchildren, Victoria Rael, Cristina Rael, Jeffrey Rael, Lindsey Wells, Sarah Wells, Matthew Wells, Hannah Nichols, Abigail Nichols, Naiomi Nichols, Marco Nichols Jr,. Mia Hager, Ian Hager, and Moira Knapp; and, brother Andrew (George Vollano) Knapp. Jim loved pie almost as much as he loved his family. He had a great fondness for all the family pets. One of his greatest passions was learning which came with an intense love of books. He never really understood email or computers. He traveled the world, maybe four times around. But most of all he loved his family. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Michelle C. Knapp Memorial Graduate Research Award Endowment Fund at Texas Tech University (, search this specific fund).


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Joae Estrada

June 27, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. I appreciate what a fine and happy home you have. Made for each other, and I am sure the love that you have created will last for the rest of your lives until that time you join James, Michelle and all the proceeding
Knapp’s. You have many happy memories of christenings, weddings,graduations, and holidays that will never be erased. Thank you Carole for the wonderful grilled dinner in Virginia and the beautiful breakfast that you gave Jenny and me on our trip to Chicago. David, you were a great ring bearer in Jennifer’s wedding and you were so cute dancing with the bride. Thank you Karen and Kristin for sharing our joy. Best of luck to all of you, and may the pain of the loss of Jim lessen as you grow as a family. I appreciate all of you plus the little new girl who will certainly provide you with many more family special occasions. God be with you all.