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Friday, March 27, 2009

Paul R. Knapp 33° Spring 4 Day Reunion Begins

We have chosen Paul R. Knapp 33° to be the honoree for the 2009 Spring 4 day Reunion class.


Paul was born in Detroit, MI. on December 18, 1927 and grew up in Allerton, Iowa. After graduating from AIB and serving in the Navy, he joined his brother and life long business partner Bill Knapp. He started as a salesman and soon became one of the top agents at Iowa Reality. Paul became General Sales Manger in 1970 and President of the Company in 1977. Paul was the president of the Des Moines Board of Realtors. He also served on the board of West Bank, Iowa Aviation Expo, American Institute of Business, Dowling Catholic School and Scottish Rite Park.

Paul was a life long avid golfer and enjoyed anything to do with aviation. He hosted an annual model air plane show at his farm for family and friends. Upon retirement Paul realized a life long goal of becoming an instrument rated pilot. Paul was honored by his brother with the dedication of a new facility on the Iowa State Fairgrounds, the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center

Paul was a member of Acanthus Lodge #632 in Des Moines, Iowa. He became a Master of the Royal Secret on April 19, 1958. He received the honor of Knight Commander Court of Honor on October 18, 1993 and was Coroneted, 33° Inspector General Honorary, on December 6, 2003. Paul was a member of Za-Ga-Zig Shrine and also a member of The Royal Order of Jesters. Paul became a Fifty Year Member in the Des Moines Consistory on March 22, 2008. He was also a supporter of the Consistory Building Trust and the Iowa Scottish Rite Charitable and Education Foundation.
Paul passed to the Grand Lodge above on May 14, 2008.

The reunion continues tomorrow morning. The North parking lot will be open at 7:30 AM.

An extended one day Reunion will be held April 17 and 18.

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