Robert "Rik" Knopf

February 8, 1943May 16, 2013

KNOPF, ROBERT “RIK”, St. Louis businessman Rik Knopf died on Thursday, May 16, 2013 following a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Born in West Hempstead, New York, he was raised in Dallas, Texas where he was a 1961 graduate of Hillcrest High School. Rik and his wife Susie Daniels Knopf, moved to St. Louis in 1989 to open Expressions Custom Furniture, the first furniture stores to introduce custom upholstery to the area.

Rik, 70, retired from the business after 24 years. Before opening the St. Louis store in Frontenac, he was vice president of franchising for Expressions. After opening the St. Louis store he became president of Expressions National Franchise Council.

A graduate of Tulane University, Rik was a member of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. He was president of Moot Court and editor of the Journal of Air Law and Commerce at Southern Methodist University School of Law where he received his JD degree.

Rik was in private law practice in Dallas and then moved to Denver, CO to become vice president and general counsel of Shakey’s Pizza, a subsidiary of Hunt International. He then returned to Dallas to work for another subsidiary, Great Western United.

A member of Congregation Temple Israel, Rik enjoyed travel, golf, skiing, poker and his coffee and lunch groups. He is remembered by his family and friends for his wonderful sense of humor, wit, and kindness and generosity and his support of local and national charities.

Rik is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years Susie Daniels Knopf; two deeply loved children, Randy (Amy) Knopf and Jennifer (Scott) Bernstein; two adored grandchildren, Rebecca Knopf and Ari Bernstein. He is survived by his beloved sister Candy (Leo) Hyman of Dallas, TX; and brother Jonathan (Susan) Knopf of Warren, NJ. He is survived by his loving mother Sherry Crasilneck and the late Albert Knopf; his loving mother-in-law Claire and the late Werner Daniels. Survivors also include very special brothers-in-law Dr. John Daniels of St. Louis and Jeff Daniels, Aventura, FL, eight nieces and nephews.

Funeral service Sunday, May 19, 2:00 pm at Congregation B’nai Amoona, 324 S. Mason Road. No visitation prior to service. Private interment.

Donations preferred to Rik Knopf Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research, Washington University, Campus Box 1204, 7425 Forsyth Blvd., Suite 2200, St. Louis, MO 63105 or Susan G. Komen, STL Affiliate, 9288 Dielman Industrial Drive, St. Louis, MO 63132.



  • Funeral Service Sunday, May 19, 2013
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  • Private Interment

Robert "Rik" Knopf

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August 8, 2013

Susie, Candy, Mrs. Crasilneck,
I am overcome with sadness at your tremendous loss. Reading about Rik brought back so many hilarious adventures in AZA & BBG in Dallas. He had a big heart and a big personality.
My thoughts are with you,
Sheila Klausner Wolf
Sarasota, Florida

Marcy, Alan, Barbara Pareira

May 26, 2013

Our sincere sympathy to Jen and the Knopf family in the loss of your wonderful husband, father and grandfather. We know he will be greatly missed but his love & memories will live on forever.

Maxine and Don Nohrr

May 21, 2013

Susie even though our friendship is new,we will treasure the fond memories we have of our time with Rik in France last summer. Our deepest condolences to you and the rest of the family.

Nancy Lee & Ed Grey

May 20, 2013

Oh Susie, I cannot believe this time has come! Ed and I are so happy to have had the chance to meet Rik and see him looking so well. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. You have the wonderful memory of a great man and to know he is in a better place.

Jon and Diane Booker

May 19, 2013

Dear Susie, Rik was a friend to everyone he met and it's so hard to realize we won't be seeing his smile around the next corner. We are grateful for the honor of knowing him. May you find strength in the support of your friends and your loving family.

Donnis Newman

May 19, 2013

My heart breaks for your loss...wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you and your family....! My fondest memory is the time you and Rik rescued Craig and I from a snowed in Denver airport and brought us to your was a fun cousin time!
Love you, Donnis

Nancy & Marc Sokolik

May 19, 2013

Susie our hearts go out to you and your family. Rik was such a wonderful person. His smile, sincerity and compassion made him a giant of a man. We will miss his warmth and friendliness. May God bless his wonderful soul. We will really miss him.
Nancy & Marc Sokolik

Mark and Jeanne Blumenthal

May 18, 2013


Our thoughts are with you and your wonderful family during this very difficult time.

Cindy Follman

May 18, 2013

Jennifer, Scott and Ari, we are so sorry to learn of your loss. We are thinking of you. Warmly, Cindy Follman, jay, Jacob and Sophie Baum

Les & Michele Peters

May 18, 2013

Shocked to read that Rik had passed away.
Sorry for your loss.