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Gayle T. Knapp

November 12, 1939 ~ May 17, 2022 (age 82)

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Gayle T. Knapp, 82, of Meadville, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.


He was born November 12, 1939 in Meadville, a son of the late Melvin and Katherine Knapp. Gayle was a 1957 graduate of Meadville Area Senior High and Grove City College with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 to 1965.  He married Ruth Knapp on June 29, 1963; she preceded him in death on October 16, 2019. Gayle worked as a Director of Gelvin, Jackson, and Starr in insurance and financial advising for over forty years and had a true passion for helping people.


Gayle was an active member of the Lighthouse Community Church in Conneaut Lake, where he was serving as the chairman of the finance committee. In the past he had served as an elder and a deacon in the Presbyterian Church in Meadville.  He was on numerous community boards including the Meadville Redevelopment Authority and the Greendale Cemetery Board of Corporators to name a few. He was also a very active volunteer advisor with the Pennsylvania Medicare Education and Decision Insight with the Active Aging Center. It gave him great joy and purpose assisting individuals with their Medicare needs. In the past he was a Kiwanis Club member and former president. He spent many summers working at the Kiwanis Kitchen cooking pancakes/eggs and loved interacting with the people. He enjoyed golf, racquetball, singing in the church choir, traveling, and spending time with his friends and family (especially his only grandson that brought him great joy).   


Survivors, in addition to his sister Marilyn Cullom (Jim) of North Carolina, include a son, Derek Knapp of London, England; a daughter, Laura Way (Brad) of Avon, OH; and one grandson, Caden Way. 


Family and friends will be received on Thursday, June 9th from 3-5 p.m. at the Lighthouse Community Church, 9517 U.S. Hwy 322, Conneaut Lake where a Celebration of Gayle’s life will follow at 5:00 p.m. with Rev. John Sandau, Jr., Church Pastor and Rev. William Rogers, officiating.


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Lighthouse Community Church, 9517 U.S. Hwy 322, Conneaut Lake PA 16316.


The arrangements have been entrusted to the ROBERT W. WAID FUNERAL HOME, 581 CHESTNUT ST., MEADVILLE where memories and condolences may be shared at

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June 9, 2022

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Lighthouse Community Church
9517 U.S. Hwy 322
Conneaut Lake, PA 16316

Celebration of Life
June 9, 2022

5:00 PM
Lighthouse Community Church
9517 U.S. Hwy 322
Conneaut Lake, PA 16316


Lighthouse Community Church
9517 U.S. Hwy 322, Conneaut Lake PA 16316
Tel: 1-814-382-2874

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