BARTONVILLE - Ronald Lewis Knight, age 66, of Virginia, formerly of Bartonville, passed away on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Manassas, Va.
Ronnie was born on Feb. 27, 1947, in Gassville, Ark., to Gale and Blanche (Burton) Knight.
Ronnie is survived by his wife, Jan (Bevins); his daughter, Lisa Jeans (Tim) of Germantown Hills; sisters, Shirley Heller (Gene) of Bartonville and Sharon Lovelady (Donnie) of Hanna City; brother, Jerry (Val) of Ozark, Mo.; and several special nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Gale.
Ronnie was a 1965 graduate of Limestone High School.
He enjoyed playing baseball and softball in the Bartonville and Peoria area for many years.
He served in the United States Army and was a member of the 101st Air Cavalry during the Vietnam War, where he received the Bronze Star Medal for Heroism and two Purple Hearts, among many other honors.
After serving in the war, Ronnie was a member of Carpenters Local 183, where he worked for River City Construction for a number of years. Ronnie and Jan then relocated to Branson, Mo., where they managed the Ozark Valley Inn for several years. Most recently they were property managers for Self Storage Plus in Manassas, Va.
An avid Cardinals fan, Ronnie had a passion for old cars, loved to tell stories and make people laugh. He was looking forward to his upcoming retirement so he could spend time with Jan traveling the United States in their newly purchased motor home, a dream they shared for many years.
Cremation rites have been accorded, and a celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel from 4 to 7 p.m. A graveside service with military honors and interment will be held at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in Bartonville on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 10:30 a.m.
Memorials may be made to the
or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.