Ralph McKnight

04/09/1924 - 09/09/2015 Obituary
Ralph McKnight Obituary
Ralph McKnight peacefully went to be with the Lord on September 9, 2015 with his family by his side. He was 91 years of age.
He was born April 9, 1924 in Holdenville, Oklahoma. After graduation from Longview High School in Texas he enlisted in the Army Air Corp in December 1942 and proudly served his country during World War II in the European theater. After his service, in 1945 he and his family moved to Bakersfield, California where he met his wife, Helen. They were married in 1947.
Ralph and Helen have four sons, Ralph Jr. (Heidi He), Cleve (Kay, now deceased), Benton (Denise) and Charlie. They have eleven grandchildren, one great grandchild.
Ralph attended Bakersfield College and U.C.L.A., graduating with a Bachelors Degree in accounting. After a successful career as a C.P.A., Ralph returned to U.C.L.A. and obtained a Law Degree in 1956. That same year, he opened a private law practice in Bakersfield. He later served as President of the Kern County Bar Association. In 1966 he was appointed to the Kern County Municipal Court as a Judge by Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown. He found that he missed being an advocate for his clients and returned to the practice of law, eventually founding the law firm of McKnight, McKnight, McKnight and McKnight. He loved to work for the "underdog" and always chose to use this training and skills for people in need.
Ralph committed his life to Christ in 1972, becoming a man of great faith, serving with the Bakersfield Rescue Mission for many years after he retired.
Ralph's greatest joy was spending time with his family including sports, fishing, hunting and vacations at his mountain cabin. He was the grandchildren's biggest fan, attending their sporting events, music recitals, awards ceremonies and serving as host for the large family gatherings which were common at his and Helen's home.
Ralph was preceded in death by his father, Cleve, his mother, Mauda, his brothers, Eugene, Howard, and Darrell and his sisters, Marjorie, Betty and Jane. His faith, compassion and wisdom were evident to all who knew him and his love, friendship and loyalty will be greatly missed both by his family and his friends.
Private services will be held. The family wishes to thank the team at Hoffman Hospice and (Sam) Sarabjit Singh, M.D. for their kind, compassionate care. In Lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (
Published in Bakersfield Californian from Sept. 16 to Sept. 20, 2015
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