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Ara Jean Knapp

d. November 2, 2019

Ara Jean Knapp

Ara Jean Knapp, 89, of Antwerp passed away Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Vancrest of Payne.

Jean was born in DeKalb County, Indiana on December 17, 1929, a daughter of the late Irene May (Moran) and Cecil Doyle Shank.

She served two years in the U.S. Air Force and was a waitress at Ray's Restaurant and the Vagabond Village. She also raised sled dogs for use in Alaska. Jean was a classy lady who always dressed well and liked to have fun. Dancing was a favorite activity of hers in her earlier years.

Jean will be sadly missed by her sons, Glen & Eli; granddaughter, Jennifer Nestleroad; great grandchildren, Faith & Cooper Nestleroad; siblings, Sam, Kenneth 'Bud", John, Cecil, Jr. Shank, Marcille (Ralph) Woodbury, Fay Ann (Gene) Ries), Julia (Ed) Snyder & Jerron Etsol and a host of nieces and nephews.

Jean was also preceded in death by her husband, Eli, whom she married in 1954; siblings, Myrtyle Secrist, Wilam Hess & William Shank.

Viewing is Tuesday, November 5th, 4 - 7 pm at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp.

Her funeral service is 10 AM, with viewing one hour prior on Wednesday, November 6th at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp.

She will be laid to rest at Maumee Cemetery, with military honors.

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