Michael P. Knopps, 74, of Eau Claire passed away suddenly on February 2, 2022, at home. Michael was born on March 19, 1947, in Minnesota to John and Lucy (Bailey) Knopps.

Michael graduated from Fairbault Senior High School in Fairbault, Minnesota in June of 1965. He continued his education by receiving a one-year diploma in Drafting Mechanical

from District One Technical Institute. He then received a certificate of completion for Manufacturing Technology. Michael was a lifetime welder working in many areas of


Michael enjoyed going to the races to watch his son and grandson race, along with his great-grandkids racing. He also attended school events, activities, and sport events.

Michael is survived by his wife of 54 years, Karen; daughter, Melinda (Terry) Gundlach; sons, Karles (Karrie) Knopps, and Jason (Melissa) Knopps; 9 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters; 1 brother; and many nieces and nephews.

Michael is preceded in death by daughter, Deanna; 1 grandson; his parents; 6 brothers; and 2 sisters.

A graveside service will be held Monday, April 4, 2022, at 10:00 am at Rest Haven Cemetery with Jeff Carlson officiating.


  1. Karen we are so sorry for your loss. As family we finally get reconnected and are saddened to here of Mike’s passing. Your are in our thoughts and prayers

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