Robert Allen Knight passed from this life Jan. 3, 2021, at home in Shawnee after a nearly two-year battle with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
He was born Sept. 20, 1943, at City Hospital in Shawnee to Raymond M. Knight and Mary Louise Knight (Ingram), both of whom preceded him in death. He briefly lived in Del Ray Beach, Florida, while his father taught high altitude bombing at the nearby Boca Raton Army Airfield. Following the end of World War II, he and his family moved back to the Shawnee area.
Robert attended Westboro grade school (grades 1-8) and graduated Shawnee High School in 1961. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1965 and 1966 with B.S. degrees in accounting and agricultural economics respectively.
After marrying Patricia N. Knight in March of 1966, he spent the next nine years employed by the B.F. Goodrich Tire Co. in Miami, Oklahoma, and Los Angeles, California. In 1975, he moved back to Shawnee to the Knight Family Farm. This came as a surprise to those not familiar with his upbringing on the family farm. However, as he stated in his resignation letter, “you can take a person out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of a person.” For the next 25 years, he and Pat owned and operated the Knight Family Farm. During those years, they had a son Jason and created many fond memories.
His wife Pat passed away in August of 2013. Robert was a faithful husband of 47 years and a loving caregiver to Pat as she battled breast cancer.
Robert always enjoyed cheering for the Oklahoma State Cowboys, and there was always a hint of orange on his clothing, pickup, house, and garage, anything he owned in fact. He also enjoyed time at Lake Tenkiller. He could be found fishing or cleaning his boats. He even slalom skied long after he was “over the hill.”
Later in life, he found Johnice Hall, and they were inseparable. They enjoyed traveling together and went on many adventures. She was at his side to the very end and cared for him with a love like no other.
He is survived by Johnice Hall of the home and her family; son Jason and wife Lisa and their daughter Emma and son Jack all of Shawnee; sister Bette Bassford of Independence, Kansas; nephew Matt Lair and family of Dewey, Oklahoma; niece Julie Lair-Pester and family of Olathe, Kansas; and countless friends.
The family will greet friends at Walker Funeral Chapel from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6.
Services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, with Pastor Justin Dunn officiating. Unfortunately, services will be limited to family members only; however the service will be livestreamed on Facebook. There will be a graveside service directly following at Resthaven Memorial Park in Shawnee.
Posted online on January 06, 2021