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    April 07, 2010


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    Rest in Peace to Coach Gnapp. You were tough and school. I'll miss you. May God Bless you...keep running in heaven.

    Yep "Uncle Larry" is gone from here on Earth but not his spirit. You can best believe everyone from 1 to the last guy will continue on with the furver that Larry Gnapp brought to the program.

    Some people say numbers is what brought Lane back on top. I would venture to say that we always had numbers, but Uncle Larry got the athletes and especially the coaches to reach for more. I definately owe him a lot. I think the Man upstairs for allowing him to be a part of my life for the time he was here.

    R.I.P Uncle Larry Gnapp!

    Coach Tony Jones
    Lane Tech Track

    We as a Team will dearly miss him, especially his Jokes after grueling workouts. I will always remember summers at River, mostly when we saw the cooler come out. He will be missed dearly. He is physically gone but he will always be with us in our hearts.

    RIP Uncle Larry Knapp

    This is a tragedy considering his age and that he was relatively young. This shows what really is important in life and hopefully everyone will gain a new perspective from this and consider what they are writing before posting on this blog.

    maybe you can tell your teammates that too next time at practice..

    RIP Larry Knapp you will always be remembered.

    Larry was also a Loyola Univ. alum, where he ran 3:43 for 1500 meters (equivalent to about 4:00 mile). Lane, CPS, Loyola,, and the Chicago running community lost a character and a friend.

    RIP Larry.

    Fire, passion, realism, heart, old school.

    Loyola remembers you

    Gnapp also holds Public League meet records in the 800 and 2 mile.

    Yesterday I lost one of my mentors. But I thank the Lord for giving me the chance to be coached by such a great man who was as passionate about running as I am. He took me all the way to state and saw me run the fastest I had ever ran in high school. Physically you are not here but on my runs you will always be calling the splits. I love you coach.

    Fernando Arroyo 2009


    Sunday, April 11, 2010

    3pm – 8pm

    Herdegen-Brieske Funeral Home

    1356 W. Wellington Avenue

    Chicago, IL 60657


    Funeral Mass

    Monday, April 12, 2010

    St. Benedict’s Church

    2215 West Irving Park

    Chicago, IL 60618


    10:30 am

    Processional from Funeral Home will start at 9:30am Monday morning.

    Information will be in the Sun Times and Tribune on Friday, April 9

    Dear Katy and the Gnapp Family,
    Our family extends our deepest sympathy to you. Larry in so many ways was family to us. The hundreds of miles run together with him and the laughs and crazy stunts and discussions and championships shared seem like yesterday. The "Rabbit" made it look so easy...but like the really great athletes he fooled was hard and it was painful...but he never let it show. My family is very appreciative of his efforts to honor my father and along with Coach Roof organize the Len Jareczek Relays. If heaven includes a track and cross-country course(and maybe please-a flat one)may we all meet again.
    I will miss my good friend and teammate.

    Neal Jareczek and the Jareczek Family

    My sincere condolences to Katy and The Gnapp Family.
    I learned this morning at the Oak Park 'Race That's Good For Life' 5k of Larry's passing. How ironic I thought as I paused to recall Larry once being only one of 2 high school athletes' ever to have beaten Olympian Craig Virgin while at Virgin's best! And Larry did it in his 'specialty' the Mile here, indoors at Oak Park-River Forest High heart sank as I was deeply saddened by the news...
    I competed with and against Larry for many years. We both had the honor of competing for the University Of Chicago Track Club and Coach Ted Haydon. I can tell you for a fact, that Larry was one of Coach's favorite people! We traveled races all over the U.S. and Larry was always there with his cheerful style to make us laugh!
    Aside from his great presence, Larry was also a fierce competitor! Also, it's remarkable too because Larry, 'back in the day' was of the very first in the State Of Illinois to approach the 'Magical Four-Minute Mile' while he was at Loyola.
    Again, Larry, you will be missed my friend...

    RIP Dear Friend,
    David Casillas
    Oak Forest, IL

    I am shocked and bewildered...the last time I saw him he looked lile he would live forever...He was so young and vigorous. I will miss him. He was a dedicated and talened coach and athlete. Coach Ed Wallace

    This sad news is being passed among members of UC Track Club (I competed with them 1976-83), and I was equally shocked and saddened by this news. I didn't realize Larry was still in this area, or I would have happily looked him up. We spent many hours in wonderful conversation while training and competing with the club, and he regularly gave me a lift home. He was such a great and energetic guy with a very kind heart. I don't know what happened, but my heartfelt condolences go out to all his family and friends. I know he has touched many people, and he will be missed. Sure wish I had a chance to catch up with him now that he was coaching. A very sad opportunity lost to reconnect with a dear friend from my past. Karen Patton, Schaumburg

    I went to Kindergarten and first grade with Larry. we reunited at Lane. although we really didnt hang out all the time all of us jocks hung around together to some degree. sorry to hear about everyones loss. he was our cross country stud in 72
    rip gnip gnap

    I just learned of Larry's passing. Larry was a good running friend (back in the 70's and 80's) and I am sorry to hear of his passing. I trust the family is doing well. As everyone else has already indicated, his passion was in running. if you have ever been fortunate to have expericned the running bug, you know what this means. Dave Berg, Evanston

    I also just learned about Larry's passing. Dear friend we had some great times in the triathelon days. Have great sorrow that I had not seen you and Katie for such a long time. Will always think of you and miss you. Katie my thoughts are and will always be with you.

    Go team geriatric! Becky McSwine

    It has been a full year since larry's passing and I just now heard the sad news. I was on the track and cross country team with larry at lane. He was a great competertor.what great memories. Hey guys, remember the macomb invitational? Our hotel was next to a cemetary and it was halloween. After coach tucked us in larry led us out the window, into the deepest part of the graveyard where he had two guys waiting to scare the hell out of mitchel!? That was larry. We will see you at the finish line old friend.

    I remember Larry beating Craig Virgin at the Oak Park Relays in February, 1973. That was a stunning victory and it had to be the only time since Virgin sprang to national prominence that he lost to a high school guy without it being the second half of a double. Condolences to all who knew Larry.

    John Moody

    I work with Larrys wife at a local bank and also ran track at Lane in the early 70's. I remember Larry as the assistant cross crountry coach at Lane mentoring the young athletes to better themselves. Wish we had more alumni like Larry who gave back.

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