George Thomas Knappenberger

September 08, 1927 - July 19, 2018 

George Thomas Knappenberger

September 08, 1927 - July 19, 2018 

Obituary for George Thomas Knappenberger

George Thomas (Tom) Knappenberger, 90, of Louisville, died Thursday, July 19, 2018, in Louisville. He was a native of Warren, Ohio. He attended the University of Virginia and graduated from Hiram College.

Tom worked for Republic Steel and Airco Carbide until his retirement. He was a longtime member of Audubon Country Club, where he served two terms as president. A lifetime golfer, he started a second career in retirement as a United States Golf Association (USGA) Certified Rules Official. Tom officiated at many USGA National Championships tournaments, including The US Senior Open, US Women's Open, US Men's and Women's Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships. He served as Regional Affairs Director for the USGA for many years. He also officiated at many NCAA Men's and Women's Golf Championships. Tom was a Director Emeritus of the Kentucky Golf Association and one of the founding members of the Kentucky Senior Golf Association. He officiated at numerous events for the KGA, KPGA, KPGA Junior Golf Tour, the KY Junior Golf Foundation and the Kentucky State High School Golf Championships. His passion for the Rules of Golf was unparalleled and he loved teaching the rules to others - especially if you were playing with him.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 49 years, Dianne VanHuffel Knappenberger, a daughter, Kristine Knappenberger; and his second wife, Dorothy Masterson Knappenberger.

Survivors include a daughter, Karen Dunham (Lee); sons, Tommy Knappenberger and Erik Knappenberger (Marcy); a brother, Dr. Sam Knappenberger; a sister-n-law, Marijo Stewart and four grandchildren, Ellie and Lucy Mei Dunham, Mackenzie Perry (Ryan) and Nicholas Been.

A celebration of his life will be held at Audubon Country Club on Wednesday, July 25th from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

His funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 28, 2018 at St. Frances of Rome, 2119 Payne St.

Memorial gifts may go to Hosparus of Louisville ( or The First Tee (

The family wishes to express its gratitude to Tom’s many caregivers, including Magnolia Springs Memory Care (Melissa and crew), Bluebird Homecare (Joanne and Marianne, yes, we are referring to you) and Episcopal Church Home (Alice, your compassion has no bounds).

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