J. Douglas Knight, Sr., 98 of Evansville passed away at 3:05 pm, Saturday, June 15, 2013 at his home.
Mr. Knight, a 1933 graduate of Bosse High School, was employed with 7UP Bottling Co., Coca Cola Bottling Co., and Sterling Brewers until his retirement in 1979.
After retirement, he was active in several organizations concerned with the promotion of education, sports, and community development.
Mr. Knight, a World War II combat veteran, served in Europe as Section Chief of a Cannon Company in the 99th Infantry Division of the 393 Infantry Regiment. He fought in several major battles, including the “Battle of the Bulge”. His numerous decorations and awards included the Bronze Star; American Campaign Medal with 3 Battle Stars; Belgian Fourragere; Meritorious Unit Emblem; European-African-Middle East Campaign Medal; Army of Occupation Medal; World War II Victory Medal; Combat Infantryman Badge; Expert Infantryman Badge; Good Conduct Medal and Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII.
He was a member of Evansville Masonic Lodge #64; Scottish Rite; Hadi Shrine; U of E PAC Club; Kentucky Colonels; V.F.W. 1114; American Legion Post 8; Germania Maennerchor and the Kennel Club.
He was a member of Morningside Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Evansville and attended Bethel Temple Community Church of Evansville for the past 10 years. Doug Knight, Sr. was an honorary Evansville Police Officer and for 53 years, as a Shriner, faithfully took tickets at Roberts’ Stadiums’ Gate 3 for the annual Hadi Shrine Circus.
J. Douglas Knight, Sr. was a father, a grandfather and a great-grandfather. The adjectives “grand” and “great” apply in more ways than one. Sixty years ago, he sat in a foxhole with the Battle of the Bulge raging around him, believing that he and his friends in combat were surely about to die. He turned to God and promised that if he got out of there alive, he would spend the rest of his life doing anything and everything for anybody who asked. He did get out alive. And he was true to his word. From the children of the Shriners Hospital to the Police Department, to his neighbors, to his friends (of whom there are many!) and his family, Doug Knight, Sr. was always there to lend a hand or do whatever was asked of him. There is no doubt that he was greeted by his Father on the 15th of June, 2013 with this welcome: “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Esther Mae (Gillick) who died in 1982; his son, J. Douglas Knight, Jr.; his daughter-in-law, Rosemary and a sister, Aubyn Schnell, who died in 2008.
Surviving Mr. Knight are a sister, Dolores “Dee” Lopp of Evansville; daughter-in-law, Candice Cook (Ed); grandchildren, Jennifer R. Knight (Derek) of San Francisco, CA; Emily E. Friend (Eric) of Evansville; Justin D. Knight (Alaina) of Evansville and step grandchildren, Nickolas Leciejewski (Elyse Morgan) and Katie Leciejewski, all of Evansville. He is also survived by great-grandchildren, Lila Sage Bromley. Lu Claire Friend, Madeline Leigh Knight, Sadie Quinn Friend, Jonah Billings Bromley and Briella Morgan as well as nieces, Sherry Schnell Hancock (Walter) and great-nieces and great-nephews, Robert A. Terry, Jr. (Julie) of Los Angeles, CA; Susan Ann Terry Tobin (Barry) of San Juan Capistrano, CA; Robyn Russell Stewart (Robert) of Shaker Heights, OH and Christopher Wm. Russell (Kelly) of Zionsville, IN.
Funeral Services will be held at 1 pm, Friday, June 21, 2013 at Boone Funeral Home East Chapel - 5330 Washington Avenue, Evansville with Reverend Stephen Schwambach officiating. Burial will be in Park Lawn Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 pm until 7 pm, Thursday, June 20, 2013, when the Masonic Lodge #64 will conduct a Memorial Service at 6:30 pm. Friends may call again from 10 am until time of service at 1 pm, Friday, at Boone Funeral Home East Chapel.
Memorial Contributions may be made to: Shriners Hospitals for Children, P.O. Box 1, Evansville, IN 47701. Condolences may be made to the family online at boonefuneralhome.net