Keith Knop, 65, of W Foster Street, Port Washington died Monday, September 21, 2015 in Summit, Wisconsin from injuries sustained in a car accident.

He was born January 7, 1950 in Port Washington to Edward and Marie Picciurro Knop. Born and raised in Port Washington he graduated from Port Washington High School and resided in the house he grew up in. On November 12, 2001 he married his high school sweetheart Risë Andersen in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

Keith began working for the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office in 1977 as a jailer. He advanced the ranks quickly making Detective in 1982. He was the head negotiator for the Special Response Team, member of the Ozaukee County S.W.A.T. Team and a member of the Association of S.W.A.T. Personnel. He was the Founder and Past President of the Narcotics Officers of Wisconsin. He retired in 2006.

Although retired, he had a desire to preserve the Sheriff’s Office history. He gathered old photographs and articles, spending many hours at the WJ Niederkorn library and archived them as the Sheriff’s Office Historian. He recently restored his dream car, a 1963 Studebaker Avanti, and entered it in car shows.

He was known as a cook, fisherman and gardener. Keith became an amateur vinter after retirement garnering 2nd and 3rd place awards at the Wisconsin State Fair for his cherry and beet varieties. He also started a tree cutting business with his best friend and was known for his ability to drop a tree on target. Keith was always ready with a smile and a story and will be missed by many.

He is survived by his wife Risë Andersen of Port Washington, his sister Kathie (Sheldon) Shaver of Newburg and his sister-in-law Patricia Knop of Port Washington. Further survived by his nieces and nephews Danielle (Kevin) Weins, Kyle (Sara) Knop, Carmen Shaver and Marshall (Bridget) Shaver, great nieces and nephews Mark and Katie Weins, Luke and Natalie Knop, Elaina, Sicilia and Owen Shaver and Logan Frank, his children Kourtney, Adam and Andrew Knop, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ronald “Ron” Knop.

Memorial Services will be held 7 PM Friday, October 9, 2015 at the Poole Funeral Home, 203 N Wisconsin Street, Port Washington. Visitation from 4 pm to 7 pm Friday, October 9, 2015 at the funeral home. Memorials to the Ozaukee County K9 Unit (1201 S. Spring St, Port Washington, WI 53074) or the WJ Niederkorn Library (316 W Grand Avenue, Port Washington, WI 53074) are appreciated.

Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington serving the family. Info/condolences 262-284-4431 or



  1. keith was deeply inquisitive, kind, fun, on the hunt for beauty. keith was really alive.

  2. Keith was always a joy. He will be sorely missed. We are so sorry for the loss and are keeping Rïse in our hearts.

  3. Keith was an outstanding citizen and helped to improve the quality of the community. He was a kind man with a big heart. The news of his death has hit us hard. Too young to leave us all so soon. RIP dear man.

  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Keith and family during this difficult time.

  5. Prayers for Keith’s passing. Too young and so sad. Blessings to the Knop family. Cindy Yanke

  6. May God bless Rise during these troubling times. Keith was a cousin loved for his humor and will be missed by All.

  7. Whoever you hold in the heart of you is forever and always a part of you. Will always be remembered by his friends, Ken & Sandy Budreck.

  8. Keith grew up across the street from us and their were many childhood games played together. He and Rise helped my mom who is still across the street. Prayers and Blessings go out to everyone in the family, he will truly be missed by many.

  9. RIP brother. Thank you for your service. What a difference you made in our Community, County, and State.

  10. You’ll live in our hearts forever! You brought so much joy to so many. We had tons of fun together. Lot’s of stories to share.

    We Love Ya Man

  11. I’m so sorry for your loss and my prayers are with you.

  12. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Keith’s family. Great man and great neighbor. He will be forever missed.

  13. With sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved Keith we offer this prayer:

    Lord, be with Keith and with those who love him in this world. Guide him to the eternal life and peace promised him at his baptism into the Body of Christ. Console those who remain on this earth with your strength and love. May all of us use this difficult time to become a source of support and comfort for one another especially to his loving wife Rise recovering from her injuries. Amen.

    Rev. Robert and Donna (Yankunas) Braband

  14. The family is in our prayers, asking God to send His angels to surround you with their wings and comfort you. We will sadly miss him and fondly remember him. Larry and Gloria Loppnow, Jeff, Heather, Olivia and Jenna Schmidt

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