Robert Edward Knitter
November 11, 1954 – April 29, 2020
Robert Edward Knitter passed away peacefully in his sleep alongside family on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at the age of 65, after a long-fought battle with cancer.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Irene Knitter-Cunningham (Stolzenbach), who passed away in 2013, and Edward J. Knitter, who passed away in 1985.
Robert (or Bob as he preferred to be known) was born on November 11, 1954, in Chicago, Illinois. In 1956, he moved with his family to the greater Kansas City area, where he spent the remainder of his life as a family man, a successful business owner, and a pillar of his community.
Growing up, he spent his time playing baseball, where he became quite the notable little-league star in his hometown. He also worked alongside his family at his parent’s roller rink in Grandview, MO (the Grandview Roller Rink). He graduated from Ruskin High School in 1972, and went on to earn an accounting degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City in 1978.
On May 22, 1976, Bob married Judy L. Nutt, who he had known from his days of competitive skating and working at his parent’s roller rink. The two would remain side by side for the next 44 years, and together they would raise four children in the little Kansas City suburb of Raymore, MO.
With life-long aspirations to be his own boss (like his father), Bob purchased a struggling little real estate company located in a tiny strip mall on Pine Street in Raymore, MO, in 1986. Over the next 34 years, he would work tirelessly to build this small company into a growing, successful business that he was proud to call his own, and his alone. Through the years his company operated under various names and franchises, but was most notably known as Coldwell Banker All American Realty. In 2003, Bob broke ground on a large, upscale office building located in Remington Plaza in Raymore, MO. This office space was the physical representation of the fruits of his labor, decades of hard work, and was where his company resided until its official closure in March of 2020.
In 2012, Bob was diagnosed with grade IV glioblastoma brain cancer, and was told he only had months left to live. However, through sheer stubbornness, and by the grace of God, he was able to fight for seven and a half years, and became a miracle in his own right. During that time he endured countless hospital visits, surgeries, treatments, and infections, but through it all he remained positive, and was unwavering in his desire to live. Whenever one course of action would fail, he would immediately ask, “Okay, what else do you got,” all the way up to the very end. Throwing in the towel was not in his nature; he continued to work every day and provide as he always had. He was dedicated to caring for his family, and would do so until the end.
Bob was a lot of great things to a lot of people: an attentive and compassionate son, an obnoxiously lovable brother, a dedicated and humble employer, a loyal and caring friend, but above all else, a loving husband, and an amazing father. His family meant everything to him, and he loved nothing more than spending time with his wife and four kids. His greatest joy in life was watching his children learn, grow, and succeed. He always believed in them when they did not believe in themselves, and he encouraged them when they themselves had doubts. Bob always said the happiest time of his life was going out on the road, attending his kids’swim meets, and watching them compete and have fun. Above all else, Bob saw himself as a protector and provider, and his mission in life was to shield his family from pain and give them a life better than his own.
Bob is survived by his wife Judy Knitter, his son Chris Knitter and his wife Whitney, his son Ryan Knitter and his wife Diana, his two daughters Ashley and Lindsey Knitter, his sister Bonnie Hubler and her husband Richard, and his stepfather Gene Cunningham.
The family would like to sincerely thank the staff members of John Knox Village Care Center for the love and care they provided Bob in the final days of his life. They would also like to express sincere gratitude to the staffs of The University of Kansas Hospital, Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, and Research Medical Center, for the care and support provided over the last seven and a half years. Without your talents, our time with Bob would have been cut far too short. Through your efforts, you helped provide years of invaluable memories, and we are eternally grateful.
Due to COVID-19, services will be held in the Spring of 2021 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Raymore, MO. Please click the link to receive updates if you would like to be notified.
Robert Edward Knitter
January 8, 2021
I remember, I played baseball back in grandview 1963 at the old stadium ,ssjba, thank you for all you done, and thanks for the roller rink, a good man , thinking of you!!!
November 11, 2020
Happy birthday dad. I miss you.
November 11, 2020
Happy birthday little brother. I miss you so much.
July 27, 2020
Family is important. Bob became more of a brother than a brother-in-law, when he and my sister became blessed in marriage. Bob was a smart man, but more importantly, he was also unusually gifted with wisdom and honesty. Although he was nearly eight years younger, I found him to be wise and one of my most trusted advisors in both business and life. God called him home early. He'll always be a beloved member of my family, if only in spirit and memory. My sister, Judy, was blessed to have him as a marriage partner. He is and was a wonderful father. I'm lucky to be an uncle to Chris, Ashley, Lindsey, and my Godson Ryan.
June 18, 2020
I met Bob through Coldwell Banker when I serviced his company and I considered him not just an associate but a friend. I will truly miss talking to Bob as we spoke often. I am sorry to hear of his passing. He will truly be missed.
May 18, 2020
I remember Bob from both SSJBA baseball days and from high school, always kind and thoughtful. I also thoroughly enjoyed the many times I skated at Grandview Roller Rink.
I want to thank the family for posting all of the wonderful pictures which allowed me to see Bob's life and his beautiful family through all of these years, it was clear to see he enjoyed the love of his family and friends and lived a blessed life.
May 15, 2020
So Sorry to hear about Bob's passing I remember Going to the Skating Rink in Grandview every Friday night having a Great time and always making his Dad Ed mad because I was going to Fast. God Bless Bob and his Family
May 13, 2020
So very sad to learn of Bob's passing. My memories of him at Ruskin High School were those of a very nice friend. Bob was always kind, cheerful and considerate of the others around him. I send loving, caring prayers for the family as they move forward without Bob. May our Lord bring peace and healing to each of you. My sincere condolences, Dayna McDaniel.
May 10, 2020
Bob was such a long dear friend. He helped me thru many business decisions and as well as real estate purchases. I have sat in his office many times these last few years just to be a friend, as we joke as we were each other only friends; which wasn't true for either of us. Bob was a friend to many. I am glad I was able to visit him several times at John Knox. Our visits will be long remembered, most of all the times he would ask for me to bring him a strawberry shake, which I did but he didn't think often enough.
Bob was proud family man and will be missed.
May 10, 2020
I met Bob when we worked at Regional Investment in the the late 1970’s. Later we reconnected as his twins and my daughter were on the Ray-Pec dance team. I also got to know Judy. Such a great and nice couple. So sorry for your loss. My prayers and sympathies are with all of you.
Pete and Jane Muenks
May 5, 2020
Bob sold us our first, and only, Raymore home over thirty years ago. We remained in touch with he and Judy thanks to our children over the years. When Jane's mother moved to Raymore and was in need of a home our first and only call was to Bob. He found a perfect location and she was very excited to be moving in to her new home.
Our memories of him always include his warm and welcome smile and his willingness to go the extra mile to find just the right location. Our family will always continue to appreciate the Knitter family, and we mourn their loss. We consider Bob not only a very knowledgeable and successful business man but also a very genuine and trusting friend.
Pete and Jane Muenks
May 4, 2020
Bob always encouraged me in my Real Estate career and taught me valuable lessons- there was never a "quick question" with Bob, it was always an opportunity to dig deeper and get to the root of the question.
His integrity and concern were always very apparent in all he did.
My condolences to the family and his friends.
May 3, 2020
Bob was a wonderful high school friend. So sad to lose such a great guy when he was so young. My prayers for his family.
May 3, 2020
I went to work with Bob in 2001 when I attend my realtors license. He is the only broker that I have worked with. He had a high degree of integrity and a deep, caring and compassionate interest in his agents. He never failed to support and encourage their efforts. He could be gruff at times but was always the first to make amends. He always provided us with the support and technology that we needed to advance our careers. He had a devilish sense of humor which I enjoyed and he was afraid of clowns! I teased him one night late when no one else was around and wore an ugly clown mask and popped into his office. He was a good sport about it. Bob was proud of the brokerage he built for his agents but, most of all, for his family. I know that Bob has his toes in the sand up in Heaven. . Good job Bob.
May 3, 2020
I had the pleasure of working with Bob a few times, at Regional Investment, Coldwell Banker, and Homes & Land. There was never a finer man, he was always professional and kind to everyone he meet or worked with. He will definitely be missed.