OBITUARY

Lyle Stewart Knopf

April 1, 1918March 30, 2014

Lyle Stewart Knopf (4-1-1918—3-29-2014) was born on April 1, 1918 in Flint Michigan. He attended public schools in Flint and graduated from Michigan State University in 1940 with a BA degree. In 1941 he married Anita Forrester of Flint, Michigan. Mr. Knopf began his accounting career as a junior accountant with Lewis Bishop, Certified Public Accountants, in Flint, Michigan in 1940. This work was interrupted by five years military service during World War II wherein he was engaged in auditing government contract work until relieved from active duty in 1946 as a Chief Warrant Officer. He returned to the accounting firm of Lewis and Bishop in 1946 and received his Certified Public Accounting certification on August 9, 1949. Mr. Knopf became a partner with J. Clyde Lewis in the accounting firm of Lewis and Knopf in 1949. Since that time the firm has practiced public accounting and continued to grow with the addition of several partners. On January 1, 1988 Mr. Knopf retired as an active partner in his accounting firm. Mr. Knopf was a past member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. He was also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He served as chairman of the Eastern Chapter of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and throughout the years was a member of several committees of the state association including Federal and State Taxation committees. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Flint Chamber of Commerce and at one time was a member of Governor Milliken’s task force on banking and taxes. For many years he was a participant of the Flint Estate Planning Council. Over the years he addressed many groups throughout the State of Michigan on the subject of Federal and State taxes. He also served as one of the discussion leaders for the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants when that association initially introduced the program. In 1967 he was elected to the Board of Directors of Citizens Commercial and Savings Bank of Flint, Michigan and in 1982 became a member of the Board of Directors of the Citizens Banking Corporation holding company. In addition to board activities Mr. Knopf was chairman of the auditing committee and served on several committees of that financial institution. He resigned from these offices on April 1, 1988 when he was 70. For many decades Mr. Knopf was a member of the Board of Trustees of the James A. Welch Foundation which is active in providing additional career counseling for public school students. Mr. Knopf was a past director and officer of Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club, Grand Blanc, Michigan and had served on the Board of Governors and as treasurer of Pipers Landing Country Club in Palm City, Florida. Mr. Knopf has resided in Florida for the past many years. He leaves behind devoted wife Anita Forrester Knopf, beloved daughter Loretta (Lori) Knopf Murray (James) of Fenton Michigan, and foster daughter Suzanne (Alenko) Radovic of France, grandchildren Steven Lyle Castle , James Eric Murray , Anita Claire Radovic and Adrian-Lyle Radovic ,great grand- daughter Isabell Castle, brother Edwin Knopf (Dorothy),nephews Fritz, Richard and Chris Knopf, Rod and Gary May, nieces Barbara (deceased) May Novatis, Lois and Evelyn Knopf, many friends, colleagues, and golf buddies in Michigan and Palm City. He was preceded in death by his brother Elmer A. Knopf in 1992 and Sister Eleanor Dolinga in 2012. In lieu of flowers please send donations to: the James A. Welch Foundation, 5206 Gateway Center #100, Flint Michigan, 48507 . Visitation is from 10-11am Wednesday April 16th 2014 with service following at Hills Funeral Home, 11723 S. Saginaw Street, Grand Blanc Mi.48439 Condolences may be left on-line at www.hillfh.com

Services

  • Memorial Service Wednesday, April 16, 2014
  • Visitation Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Lyle Stewart Knopf

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May 21, 2014

Your Dad wss a great man...Thought the world of him...I can remember when he took be water skiing and was trying to ski on one ski...He was well thought of at the cottage...He always made you feel welcome when you went over to see him and your mom...I was very proud to have known your dad...

April 14, 2014

George & Lia Kossaras

MICHAEL RACHOR

April 11, 2014

LYLE KNOPF, CPA.

WHEN I WAS A YOUNG CPA IN FLINT MICHIGAN STARTING IN 1965 I WORKED FOR LEFEVER, BELL & LAIRD CPA'S ON THE 9TH FLOOR OF THE OLD CITIZENS BANK BUILDING. LYLE WAS ON THE 6TH FLOOR OF THE SAME BUILDING. I WOULD SEE HIM IN THE ELEVATOR. AND, IN THE EASTERN CHAPTER OF MICHIGAN CPA'S MEETINGS.

LYLE WAS ALWAYS AN OUTSTANDING MEMBER OF THE CPA PROFESSION AND HELPED ME WITH A PROFESSIONAL ISSUE I ONCE HAD IN PRACTICE.

I ALWAYS FELT TO COULD GO TO HIM FOR ADVICE ON ANY SUBJECT.

WHEN I FIRST KNEW LYLE HIS FIRM WAS CALLED LEWIS, KNOPF & KERR, CPA'S.

THE ENTIRE FAMILY HAS A RIGHT TO BE VERY PROUD OF LYLE KNOPF.

I KNEW HIM BACK IT THE 60'S FOR MANY YEARS LATER WHEN I WAS IN PRACTICE.

TAKE IT FROM ME AS A FELLOW CPA HE WAS THE BEST.

MICHAEL G. RACHOR, MBA, CFA, CPA

April 10, 2014

Lori and Family, my deepest condolences on your loss. My thoughts and prayers for all of you. Carol McAlister

PETER DESOUZA

April 10, 2014

MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

Frank Friedman

April 10, 2014

My condolences to the family.Lyle was an outstanding citizen and contributor to the greater Flint Community. Our son attended the Elmer Knopf Learning Center(named for his well-known brother). I also did translation for his wife Anita whose adopted daughter needed some help in France. May the family have pleasant memories to cherish. Prof. Frank Friedman,Flint,Mi.

Megan Worley

April 10, 2014

Rest in peace Mr. Knopf.
You were a remarkable man who touched many lives.

Tammy Mellen

April 10, 2014

Prayers and hugs for all of you, Lori. I know you'll miss him every day.

Steven Castle

April 10, 2014

Love you grandpa, thank you for everything. Be at peace.

Kathy Merritt

April 9, 2014

Prayers to you and your family.