BLUFFTON — Roland Moore Knoop, age 91, died July 5, 2019 at 3 p.m. at Willow Ridge, Bluffton, Ohio.

He was born on March 14, 1928 in Troy, Ohio to J. Ross and Ethel Mae (Moore) Knoop and they preceded him in death. In 1958 he married Eloise Crawford and they are divorced.

Roland retired from Schmidlapp Equipment in Covington, Ohio where he had been a parts man. He previously worked at the Soil Conservation Service in Hardin County for 5 years and was owner of the John Deere Dealership in Kenton from 1965 to 1969. He attended the English Lutheran Church of Bluffton and was a former member of the Casstown Lutheran Church of Casstown, Ohio and attended the First United Methodist Church of Ada. He was a past member of the Kenton Kiwanis Club, the Ada Rotary and the Miami County Antique Tractor Club. He was a 1953 graduate of the Ohio State University with a degree in Agriculture. He was a U.S. Army Veteran who served following WWII.

Surviving are two sons: Lauren Knoop of Casstown, and Leland Knoop of Dunkirk; two nephews: John (Melinda) Knoop of Tipp City, and Paul Knoop of Youngstown and two nephews and a niece by his former marriage, also a special family friend, Sheila Hughes of Ada .

He was preceded in death by a brother, J. Coleman Knoop and spouse Mary Lois, former wife, Eloise Knoop and longtime friend and companion Mary Gahman. Memorial services will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada with Pastor Kevin Mohr officiating. One hour of visitation will be prior to the service from 5 to 6 p.m..

Inurnment will be in Casstown Cemetery in Casstown, Ohio on Friday, July 19, 2019 at 1 p.m..

Memorial contributions may be made to the English Lutheran Church of Bluffton and/or Ada First United Methodist Church. Condolences may be expressed at www.hansonnneely.com