Walter H. Knopf, 69, passed away Friday, May 6, 2011 at his home in rural Princeton.

He was born Feb. 15, 1942 in Sunman to Fritz and Anna (Schmidt) Knopf.

He was maintenance director for several area nursing homes in the area. Prior to that, he served as a firefighter for 30 years in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Walter served in the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War from 1961-65. He lived in Princeton for the past 16 years moving here from Cincinnati.. He attended Hillside United Methodist Church in Princeton and was an eder in the United Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed woodworking and was a member of the American Wood Turners Association.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Sue (McClurkin) Knopf of Princeton; three children; Amy (Treg) Koch of Owensville, Tammy C. Banser of Jamestown, NC, Christopher Knopf, West Melbourne, Fla.; five grandchildren, Dakota, Montana, and Kohlton, Koch, Caroline and Johnathan Banser; three brothers; Fred, Henry and Robert Knopf; seven sisters, Lia Beard, Anna Margaret Orr, Elfriede Manning, Johanna Witte, Nina Allen, Emily Kelley and Linda Schwartz; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers Ernst, and Karl Knopf.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at Hillside United Methodist Church in Princeton, with the Rev. Brian Cook officiating. Burial will follow in the Columbia "White" Church Cemetery in Princeton.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton and from 10 a.m. until the service hour on Wednesday at the church.