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James "Buck" R. Knops

James "Buck" R. Knops

James “Buck” R. Knops age 75 of Menomonie, passed away on Thursday May 2, 2019, at his home in Menomonie.

Buck was born November 28, 1943 in the Township of Weston, Dunn County.  He was the son of Lloyd and Dorothy (Pickerign) Knops. As a young child he moved with his family to Menomonie and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1962.  Buck enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served from 1962 to 1966 on the USS Roosevelt Aircraft Carrier and was medically discharged.  After the service, Buck returned to Menomonie and married Carol Olson on June 5, 1968.

Buck had many hot spots around town where he would visit and share times with friends “shooting the breeze”.  He was a tinkerer who love repairing bikes and fixing and winding his many clocks.  When it came to 12 AM or 12 PM the many different chime tones could be overwhelming!  Buck became a passionate collector of whatever he found interesting.  He loved thrift sales and antique stores where he found a lot of his treasures.

His two granddaughters were the sparkle in his eyes.  Buck was so happy when they were around, and he would talk about them for days after they went home to Madison.  Livie and Maddie received many of these treasures that he discovered.  The man of many hats will be lovingly missed by his family.

James is survived by his wife, Carol, his children,  Christine Knops of Milwaukee, Teresa Knops (Seth Lyon) of Portland, OR, Greg (Raquel) Knops of Madison, two granddaughters, Liv and Madelyn Knops of Madison; two sisters, Anita (James) Harvey of Ocala, FL, Jayne (Gerald) Lorenz of Knapp; a sister-in-law, Mary Knops of Menomonie; two brothers-in-law, David (Diane) and Jim (Laurie) Olson, several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother Larry, a sister-in-law, Judy Haugerud, a niece Dawn Knops, mother & father-in-law, Rozella and Alvin Olson, paternal and maternal grandparents.

Memorial services will be 11:00 AM Tuesday May 7, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie with Rev John Mano officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.



  1. Mike Styer

    My sincere condolences to Carol and all of the extended family. I was probably in high school when I last remember seeing Buck. I wish we had lived closer so I could have gotten to know him better. I have fond memories of his dad, my (great) "Uncle Lloyd", and you can sure tell in this photo that he was his father's boy! Would have loved to hear some of the stories that Cherry mentioned he and Larry would tell. (Did anyone happen to record some of those?) And his clock collection....how interesting! He will surely be missed.

  2. Marilyn Fedderly

    Carol I "just" found out that Buck passed away and his funeral was yesterday! Totally shocked and I'm so sorry for your loss. I will contact you prior to coming to see you soon. With heartfelt sympathy to you and your children. Marilyn & Denny

  3. mike and diane mcleod

    we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Carol,. are thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Anita & Jim Harvey

    Dear Carol, Christine, Teresa, Greg, Raquel, Liv, & Madelyn,
    Please accept our sympathy at this sad time. We were shocked to hear of the passing of your beloved husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, and our brother/brother-in-law. We are saddened that we are unable to join you for his memorial and graveside services. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and we will see you soon.
    You surely know you have our deepest sympathy and our love as well.
    CAPT & Mrs. James R. Harvey, USN (Ret)

  5. Dicky DeLong

    Cousin Buck. I'll miss your laugh. You were always a hoot to talk to. You were so much like your Dad. Tell everyone Hi for me when you get thru those gates. Rip Buck!!

  6. Zella Van Offeren

    My sympathy to you all. I remember Buck as his sisters ‘little brother’. May you find comfort in your memories

  7. Sally wolfe

    Rest in peace Jim. Will miss not seeing you at the grocery store to catching up on our gossip. Your family had a wonderful guy.

  8. Cherry

    I am saddened to hear of the passing of Uncle Buck.
    My heart is heavy, however comforted by fond no- hilarious memories. One of my favorite stories as told by Uncle Buck And his brother Uncle Ike (Larry Knops) about the two of them in Ike’s car with Ike’s little dog....and somehow firecrackers got set off inside the car and their only concern was to protect the dogs ears! (What a sight that had to be for the casual observer...two old men in a car with their hands over the ears of a Chihuahua). I cry and smile at the same time- just thinking about the two of them and their unique Knops talent for telling stories so animated you felt like you were there.

  9. Larry and Ann Selvig

    Ann and i are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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