William Lynn Knight, born August 5, 1947 in Mountain Home, Arkansas to Clarabell and Chester Knight, succumbed to pulmonary fibrosis on October 22, 2013 at St. Elias Specialty Hospital in Anchorage, surrounded by friends and family.
Known as "Lynn" to family and dear ones, and "Bill" in construction circles, Lynn attended the University of Arkansas in Jonesboro, Arkansas where he majored in journalism. He was an eloquent writer and avid reader. In 1967 he entered the Navy where he served in Corpus Christie, Texas and Roosevelt Rhodes, Puerto Rico. He met his wife, Janice, after high school, in a dental office. Janice returned to Alaska while Lynn served in the Navy. Upon separation from the Navy, he joined Janice in Anchorage where they were married for 42.5 years. Together they enjoyed fishing, cooking, gardening and dancing. Their union produced two sons, Matthew and Casey. The family enjoyed many years of scouting, hockey and band activities.
Shortly after his arrival in Anchorage in 1970, Bill joined the Plasterers and Cement Masons Union where he spent many years as a cement finisher on projects from the Aleutian Islands to the northern interior, for Hoffman Construction, John Wayne Construction, Baugh Construction, and Roger Hickel Construction before moving into administrative level and became business agent, where he held office from June '94 until February '98 when he retired. He received his 40 year in in May 2011.
After retirement, Bill enjoyed all his favorite sports, football, basketball, baseball, fishing with friends, gardening, canning, and barbecuing. His quick wit and laugh brought joy to everyone. He had the mind of an engineer and was meticulous and organized in everything he did. Although big and strong as an ox, he was the epitome of a "southern gentleman" with superb taste and social graces. He was courteous to the ladies and loved babies and his elders. Humble and modest, Lynn would give anyone the shirt off his back. He was quite the philanthropist, anonymously for the most part. He asked very little in life for himself; his reward was doing for others. His values and character were of a level we should all aspire to. No one could ever meet a more honest and pure of heart man. Truly a "Knight" in shining armor.
Lynn was preceded in death by his parents, Clarabell and Chester Knight; brothers, Arnold, Wilford, and Neil; and his second parents, Louse and Marge Knight. He is survived by his loving wife Janice; sons, Matthew and Casey Knight; brothers, Gordon (Beth) Knight, Bob (Sue) Knight, and Tom (Brenda) Knight; sisters, Beverly Quick and Betty (John) Luther; sisters-in-law, Linda Knight, Cathy (Jim) Kincaid, Anita Parker and Marianne Schwartz; nephews, Greg (Katie) Knight, Keith (Tammy) Knight, Doug Knight, Chris Knight, and James Kincaid; nieces, Heather (Chris) Loftis, Rebecca (Ryan) Moore, Shelly, Karen, Emily, and Haley; honorable grandson Aaron Knight; special cousin Roger (Susan) Pitchford; special friends Phil and Donna Millwood; and family and many other friends who touched his life in many ways.
Interment will be in the veterans section of Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery, 535 E. 9th Ave. at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 28. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church at 545 W. 8th Ave, with the Venerable Norman H.V. Elliot officiating. A reception will follow. Memorial donations may be made to The Anchorage Firefighters Association.
Services are entrusted to Legacy Funeral Homes, Kehl's Chapel.
Legacy Funeral Homes & Cremation Services - Kehl's Chapel
11621 Old Seward Highway
Anchorage, AK 99515
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Oct. 25 to Oct. 26, 2013