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Virgil Wayne Knupp

August 6, 1947 — November 24, 2020

GRAND TOWER – Virgil Wayne Knupp, 73, passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Virgil was born on August 6, 1947 to Robert and Dorothy (Reed) Knupp in Grand Tower. He married JoAnn Qualls on November 29, 1966 in Murphysboro.

Virgil is survived by his wife of 54 years, JoAnn Knupp; son, Thomas Knupp and wife Ligia of Coweta, OK; daughter, Sally Davis and husband Benny of Anna; grandchildren, Isabella, Jasmine, and one on the way, Gabriel; and several brothers and sisters.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers.

Virgil worked on the river for 42 years and retired as a River Boat Captain in 2012. He attended the Family Worship Center in Johnston City and was a member of the Union Local 318.

Per Virgil’s wishes there will be no services.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Meredith Funeral Home - Grand Tower Chapel assisted the family with arrangements. To leave a story or memory of Virgil, visit

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