January 11, 2023


Lindell D. Knop, 69, of Hillsboro, Ill., passed away on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023, in Hillsboro. Lin was born Jan. 6, 1953, in Murphysboro, to Charles Albert and Oleta Roberta (Griffin) Knop. He married Jacqueline Unterbrink in Hillsboro in November of 1984. They were happily married for 38 years.

After graduating from Staunton High School, Lin entered the National Guard and was honorably discharged. As a young man he worked for various automotive businesses and the phone company as a repairman. He then worked at Graham Correctional Facility in Hillsboro where he met his future wife. He retired from there after many years of service.

Generous, sincere, confident, enthusiastic, and fun loving are how most people will remember Lin. He was an active member of his church. He was an avid, some say, fanatic, collector of all things Disney. He enjoyed all things history, especially the Civil War and going to the war sites. His most treasured times were spent with family and especially his grandchildren, who had him wrapped around their little fingers.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Greg Knop.

Those left to cherish Lin's memory are his wife, Jacqueline Knop of Hillsboro; his children, Richard (Heather) Knop of Litchfield, Ryan (Kyra) Knop of Hillsboro, Heather Knop of Shiloh, Gwen Heuck of Pekin; and two grandchildren, Scott Knop and Katie Knop, both of Hillsboro.

There will be no public services. Lin will be cremated per the family's wishes and buried in German Cemetery near Greenville at a later date.

Memorial contributions are designated to: United Church of God, P.O. Box 541027, Cincinnati OH 45254-1027

Condolences may be left online at Assalley Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements.

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