Gerald D. Knight, 85, of Unionville, MO, died Monday, May 30, 2022 at Putnam County Memorial Hospital.
Gerald was born on January 28, 1937 to Ivan M Knight and Mary B (Shearer) Knight in the West Liberty area of Putnam County. Gerald attended school in Unionville and graduated with the Class of 1954. He was a member of Broadlawn Baptist Church. He was a lifelong resident of Putnam County and farmed until ill health forced him to retire. On September 20, 1959, he married Janeine Parrish, and she predeceased him on April 17, 2022.
In addition to farming, Gerald owned and operated a truck which he used to haul cattle, cattle feed, and the occasional belongings of one of his children when they traveled around the country. one place to another. Many times he would take a load of cows or pigs to St. Joseph Stockyards, clean the truck, and return to the Knights Store with a load of cattle feed. The truck was also used a few times at the time as a motorhome, loading us and our neighbors in the back for a weekend camping trip to the Iowa State Fair. During the fall, he was busy hauling calves to the Putnam County feeder calf sale. In the early 1980s, this old Ford passed the one million kilometer mark. He was always ready to lend a hand, never expecting anything in return. Gérald was a deacon and was very active in his church. He had a heart for testimony and it was evident in the way he lived his life and the way he raised his family.
Gerald and Janeine were blessed with 4 surviving children, Kevin (Jo) Knight, Alise Tolias, Jerry (Carol) Knight and Jason (Kim) Knight, all of Unionville, Missouri. The surviving grandchildren are Brian (Becky) Knight, Nyle (Katie Petersen) Knight, Megan (Zach) Group, Jamie Tolias, Jeffrey and Colt Knight. Three great-grandchildren, Ashley, Graydon and Henry Knight. He is also survived by a brother, Gary (Mitzie) Knight, and a sister-in-law, Loretta Parrish as well as numerous nephews and nieces.
He was predeceased by his parents, brother, infant Larry, Carrol (Lillian) Knight, brother-in-law, Herbert Parrish, son-in-law Chris Tolias, and in-laws, James Parrish and Virginia. Newel.
Gerald will be remembered as a hard-working, soft-spoken man who respected others and was respected by many. His shoes have traveled many miles and will be impossible to fill.
Funeral services for Gerald Knight will be held at Unionville Cemetery in Unionville, Missouri at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2022. There will be no visitation.
Memorials may be made at Playle and Collins Family Funeral Home, 709 S. 27eUnionville, MO, 63565, to help with funeral expenses.