OBITUARY - EDWARD PAUL KNIGHT
Edward Paul Knight was born June 3, 1929 in Ringgold County, the youngest
child of Orr and Hattie (Jacobs) Knight.
He graduated from Mount Ayr Community High School in 1947. As a senior, he was
proud to be a member of an undefeated football team and was voted to the first
team of the Blue Grass Conference. Edward's strength allowed him to excel in
athletics as a young man and do much physical work throughout his life, which
Edward married Millicent (Ann) Wells on April 27, 1964, and they had one
daughter, Lynnette Ann.
Edward was a unique, unpretentious person who had many interests and keen
observations of the world and how it worked. He read a lot and kept abreast of
current events especially in agricultural trends. Edward thought a lot about
taking care of his land, and reveled in getting cat work and improvements for
the farm. He like working outside on his WDs and maintaining them, which he
had bought new in his early years of farming. Throughout his life, Edward grew
crops, harvested and sold seed, and raised sheep, hogs, and cattle - even at
one time shipping a planeload of live cattle to Japan. He displayed an extreme
patience and kindness towards animals and was diligent in his attempts to
nurse a sick animal back to health. He and his wife Millie operated as a team
in their livestock operation in their years together.
Edward had an appreciation for many types of plants, especiallyl old fashioned
roses, farm variety hollyhocks, the value of birdsfoot trefoil in a pasture,
growing his own apples, grapes and a good tomato. Edward did, however, dispise
wild carrots (Queen Anne's Lace) and brome grass which he earnestly tried to
eradicate from his land.
Edward annually went to the Iowa State Fair with his daughter spending several
days letting the fair "go by him." He was a story teller with a rich memory of
the people he met and his varied experiences in life. He regularly visited
with people throughout the years at such places as Cross' Station and the
Shamrock Cafe. He enjoyed having a dog, which went along wherever he went.
Edward had a distinctive laugh, sneeze and clothing style. He also responded
to the western landscape and enjoying traveling out west many times to
California and Las Vegas.
Edward is preceded in death by his parents and his wife, his siblings Richard
and Howard Knight, Louise (Knight) Wyckoff and Marjorie (Knight) Ashman. He is
survived by his daughter Lynnette and her husband George Hunt, four
sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, and a number of nieces and nephews and
Funeral services December 26, 2000, Wilson-Watson and Armstrong Funeral Home,
Mount Ayr, Iowa, Reverends Brantner and Lampe-Zeitler officiating. Musicians
Mrs. Keith Sackett and Mrs. Tom Larson, casketbearers Jack Hoffman, Barton
Shields, Josh Shields, John Campbell, Dale Bickel, and Gerold Willey. At rest
Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Iowa.
Submitted by Ken Baker, April of 2009
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