Kimberly Lyn (Knapp) Morton

Born: Sat., Aug. 22, 1953
Died: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Jan. 08, 2020
Location: Hill Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Thu., Jan. 09, 2020
Location: Hill Funeral Home

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Kim Knapp Morton

CHILLICOTHE: Kimberly Knapp Morton, 66, of Chillicothe, passed peacefully with her beloved sister, Kristen, by her side and countless family, friends, and loved ones in her heart on Friday, January 3, 2020 at Logan Elm Health Care Center.

    Kim was born on August 22, 1953, in Chillicothe, Ohio , the eldest child of the late Charles E. “Jack”, Jr. and Blanche Marie Knapp.  She was also preceded in death by cherished grandparents Howard E. “Kell” and Marie Nihiser and Charles E. and Ernestine Knapp.  While she was not ready to leave her boys, Matt and Kell, she looked forward to being reunited with family and friends she loved so deeply during her journey in this world.

    She is survived by her sons, Matt (Jess) and Kell (Shelly); siblings, Toni (Tom) Willis, Kristen Knapp, and Nathan (Melanie) Knapp; granddaughters, Olivia and Dylyn Morton; grandson, Brigham Morton; nephews, Brandon (Alexandra) Willis and Ethan Knapp; nieces Natalie (Josh) Smith, Kimber and Sophie Knapp; great nieces Layla and Veronica Nutter, Harmony Smith, great nephew Charlie Willis; her “third and most respectful” son, Cliff (Kate) Waller; and countless treasured aunts, uncles, and cousins scattered all over the country - from Virginia to California - whom she shared many fun times and memories with. 

    Kim grew up in Kinnikinnick until her family moved to Blackwater Road near Kingston to the Knapp family farm.  She was a graduate of Zane Trace High School in 1971.  She grew up loving to cook and bake – learning from “the best cook I ever knew”, her mother, Blanche.  Her family would often tell stories of young Kim winning countless first place ribbons at the Ross County Fair for her cooked and baked goods, often to the chagrin of the older ladies in the community who had been looking forward to the competition all year.  Later in life, this passion and talent would fill her heart in many ways through her business, Kim’s Catering, established in 1985 and operating through 2017.  She authored two cookbooks and created her own salad dressing, great sources of pride to her.  It allowed her to connect with so many people in her community as she catered and was a part of important events and memories in their lives.  It also allowed her to be a stay at home mother and be there for her sons as they grew up and care for her ailing parents as they aged – commitments she took great pride in and felt were her calling in this life.  Kim valued education, pursuing her own and making sure her sons completed theirs.  She graduated from Hocking College and Ohio University with associate and bachelor’s degrees focused on social work and criminal justice.  Love and service to others was a constant in her life.  That love came in the form of a good laugh, a meaningful conversation, a warm plate of food, a kind note or card, or a shoulder to cry on – just to name a few.  She never knew a stranger and would give you the shirt off her back if you needed it.  She lived a good life and a tough life.  She had fun times and sad times.  She loved and she lost.  She used the 66 years that the Almighty gave her to soak up as much love, fun and joy as she could.  She also gave that love, fun, and joy back tenfold with great spirit and vigor! She was authentic, kind, and a true original.  She would always say “love is a verb”.  It’s something you do, not something you say.  She had a heart of gold.  Long may she run.

    We are grateful to those who helped Mom during her journey through adverse times.  Words will never be able to express what her dear friends Joe Stephenson, Claudia Ramsey, and the entire Ramsey family have meant to Kim and the boys.  Their kindness, generosity, and unconditional love has been unrivaled and steadfast for decades – in good times and in bad, through thick and thin.  

    We would also like to thank the medical staff of Logan Elm Health Care Center, Heartland Hospice, Dr. Krishnan, Dr. Wilson, and the Adena Cancer Center staff.  A special thanks to Dr. David Smith, Jim Hagen, and Doyne Wiggins for their care, support, guidance, and friendship to Kim for so many years.

    Please join Kim’s family at HILL FUNERAL HOME, Kingston, Ohio to celebrate her life.  Calling hours will take place on Wednesday, January 8 from 4pm until 8pm.  Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 9 at 1:00pm. Burial will follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Blackwater Road.  

    In the spirit of Kim’s generosity throughout the years, an endowment has been established to continue Kim’s legacy and to support future generations within her community. Contributions may be made to the Kim Knapp Morton Scholarship Fund at the Chillicothe Community Foundation:  45 E. Main Street, Chillicothe, OH 45601. Condolences can be made on Kim’s online guest registry at

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Dana Reynolds
   Posted Sat January 04, 2020

A GARDEN PATH was sent by FEMA IMAT, Region VIII.

Nate & Family, Sharing in your sadness on the loss of your sister, Kimberly. Hoping the many fond memories you have of your sister will bring a smile to your face, warm your heart and help ease the pain of her loss. With heartfelt sympathy, FEMA Region VIII (IMAT)

Michael Henry
   Posted Sat January 04, 2020
To the family of Kim Knapp Morton, sincere condolences and prayers for comforting..

Ryan Newman
   Posted Sat January 04, 2020
Matt, Kell and family.

What a wonderful person your mom was. My deepest sympathies for your loss.


Linda Litter
   Posted Sat January 04, 2020
God Bless Kim and her family. She fought a long and hard fight! Her obvious caring nature was evident throughout her life. She loved her family above all else and spent much of her life with and for her sons. God will be happy to receive her into His arms. He gained another angel.

Don Tipton
   Posted Sat January 04, 2020
My condolences. Kim was a classmate of mine at Zane Trace. What a wonderful person & friend she was. She will be missed.

Jason & Lisa Wiseman
   Posted Sat January 04, 2020
Remember the good times you spent with your Mother, and keep your heads high boys. She is in a better place now. I’m in the same boat as you, just buried Dad yesterday, so if you need to talk slide over to the house.
Our hearts go out to both of you at this difficult time.
Jason & Lisa Wiseman

Ann Ford
   Posted Sat January 04, 2020
So sorry to hear of Kim’s passing. Praying gor her family.

Stacey Will
   Posted Sun January 05, 2020
Sending love and hugs to my Ohio family. Know that we are with you in spirit. I always looked forward to visiting with my cousins on our trips to Ohio and cousins Kim and Toni were the most entertaining for their antics, quick wit and storytelling 😊 They day only the good die young and that sure rings true for Kim! Love to you all and know that you have another angel watching over you all! Xoxo— Stacey & Olivia Will

Sarah Willis
   Posted Sun January 05, 2020
Kim loved her Son's and Family more than anything. She had a wonderful gift in cooking and sharing. I learned so very much from her in the years I was with Kim's Catering. We banged heads at times, just because we were both hard headed lol, but we had a lot of long talks and many laughs. I still use her cookbooks to this day and will always carry found memories of her and the boys each time I use them..RIP old Friend, and you and Blanche behave yourselves up there in Heaven.

Deborah sanders
   Posted Sun January 05, 2020
Matt and Kell and your whole family,
My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.Your mom was one of my great friends growing up ,she always talked and laughed with me until we couldn't laugh no so proud of how you men have helped your mom Thur all her cooking and buying supplies at save a lot where I worked. We would enjoy our. visit while cashing her out .God definitely got a special angel. Kim will be missed ! RIP
Your friend Debbie and Frank Sanders

Jane (Jan) Scott-West
   Posted Sun January 05, 2020
So sorry to hear if Kim’s passing. She was a wonderful person, classmate, and friend. May she live on in her boys. Peace and Prayers be with you all at this time.

Barbara ( Suzi ) Detillion
   Posted Sun January 05, 2020
Kim was a wonderful friend and great boss. Enjoyed working for her for several years. Prayers for the family. Matt and Kell have grown into real gentlemen under her guidance.

Connie and Mike Gahm
   Posted Sun January 05, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of Kim’s passing but know she isn’t in pain anymore. She fought a hard battle!

I have many memories of Kim. First, she joined us at Kingston Elementary when we were in 6th grade. Then we were at Zane Trace the next year after we consolidated. We graduated HS together. After that, we had children at about the same time. We reconnected when Kell played baseball for Hallsville with our son Corey and Cody and Matt was the manager. Oh what good times we had! What a special person she was and how she loved you boys!!!♥️

Ben Buchwalter
   Posted Mon January 06, 2020
The best cook I have ever met and an even nicer lady. Kim provided my birthday cake every year for as long as I can remember. It wasn't a traditional was her cherry cheesecake. I'm still yet to find anything that comes even close to it.

Kim was known and loved by so many people in Ross County and beyond. Matt and Kell be very proud as she was a wonderful lady.

Thomas Breeden
   Posted Mon January 06, 2020
Looking at Gazette this morning I was saddened to see that Kim had passed away. Her parents Jack and Blanche Knapp were close friends of my half brother Jack Atkins and his wife Rowena. I first heard of Kim at that time. Later on as an officer of Zane Trace alumni group I worked with Kim on planning catering for alumni dinners. I always enjoyed working with Kim she had a spirit and toughness about her that was contagious. We always enjoyed her catering food and service. When it came to catering I always thought of her. My sympathies and blessings to her family. I will miss her!

Andrew and Debbie Habony
   Posted Mon January 06, 2020
Shelly, Kel and family, We are so sorry for your heartbreaking loss. We will be lifting you up in prayer for peace and comfort.
Blessings from Deb and Andy Habony

Tammy J Thornton
   Posted Mon January 06, 2020
Praying for and sending sincere condolences to Kim's family and friends. Kim could light up a room as soon as she entered it. She always made people feel loved and appreciated. She will be deeply missed by many.

Scott and Robin Barnes
   Posted Mon January 06, 2020
I first met Kim when she was in the C. P. Area of Dupont. A hard worker and fine person. Kim would bring in food for us to evaluate before perfecting a recipe or using it catering. It was always delicious. Later in life when Robin and I would see Kim , it was always a big hug. We will really miss those hugs and seeing Kim.
Rest in Peace Dear Friend.

Jeffrey W Dawson
   Posted Mon January 06, 2020
I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Kim. I have many fond memories of the fun times that we spent togather. While for a period of time I worked with Kim in her catering business we shared many hours of laughter. During that time I she taught me so much that I will continue and cherish forever. Rest in peace my dear friend because you will always have a special place in my life and memories. ❤❤❤

Valerie Jo Smith
   Posted Tue January 07, 2020
I offer my sincere condolences on Kimberly's passing. She was one of a kind and will be sorely missed. May God guide and comfort her family and friends during this most difficult time.

Lesley Rudolph
   Posted Tue January 07, 2020

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by FEMA R8 Response Division.

Words cannot express our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your FEMA Response Division Family

Susan Jones
   Posted Tue January 07, 2020
Nate and Family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Nancy McGee
   Posted Tue January 07, 2020
Boys,your mother was very much loved. Some of the most fun gut laughs I've ever had were with her! Your very much in my thoughts and prayers.

Bob Garrett
   Posted Wed January 08, 2020
Nate and Family - So sorry to hear of the loss of your sister. May God bless you and your family in your time of grief.

Dana Stewart
   Posted Wed January 08, 2020
My sincere condolences, gone too soon.

DeeAnn Simer
   Posted Wed January 08, 2020
Nate, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time.

Chad McCord
   Posted Wed January 08, 2020
Those we hold closest to our hearts truly never leave us. They live on in the kindness they have shared and the love they brought into our lives. My family extends our condolences to yours with love.

McCord Family (Chad, Courtney, Zach, and Caleb)

Mitch Fullen
   Posted Thu January 09, 2020
Many fond memories of all of us having such a good time together. Kim was a good friend and a good friend to Mom and Ken as well. Prayers and sympathy to all her family. Rest in peace my dear friend.

Sharon Schwalbach Atkins
   Posted Thu January 09, 2020
I forgot to sign the book last night. Heaven got another angel. Fly high on that mountain, Kim. To the entire Knapp family, my deepest sympathy.

Lisa Conaway Reutinger
   Posted Fri January 10, 2020
Toni, Kristen and Nate,
I am so sorry for the loss of your wonderful sister.
My thoughts are with all of you!

Ann Mautz
   Posted Fri January 10, 2020
Have been out of town over the holidays and just read of Kim's passing. my sympathies to all of her family. Have known Kim for many years and always enjoyed talking to her when we would run into each other. She truly was a wonderful one of a kind gal. She had a heart of gold. Praying that your family can take comfort in knowing she is out of pain and with God in heaven. God bless you all!


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