RONALD CRAIG KNIGHT

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CRAIG KNIGHT Ronald Craig Knight passed away in California the afternoon of August 24, 2016 surrounded by his family, several days after a tragic automobile accident. Craig was born to Rachael Lucille Knight and Kenneth Karl Knight in Dodge-ville Wisconsin on July 28, 1941, the middle of 5 children, 3 girls and 2 boys. His sister, Carole said "He was such a cute little boy." The family moved to Washington State, settling in Benton City in 1943 where as a young man, he helped his father on their dairy farm. He was preceded in death by his parents. Craig attended Kiona-Benton High School, graduating salutatorian and lettering in baseball and basketball. He then went on to higher education at his brother Kerwin's alma mater, Washington State University graduating in 1965 with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering. He began his career at the Hanford site with General Electric which, in time, morphed into many other companies before becoming Westinghouse. At GE he was the extrusion engineer making fuel for the N reactor. In 1972 he moved to Westinghouse Hanford Co to work in the FFTF fuel fabrication department. He worked at WEC until he retired in 1996 after 31 years on the site. During his tenure at WEC he worked on many different programs ranging from providing the technical direction for fabrication of FFTF core component assemblies to the design and fabrication of advanced thermocouples for test assemblies. He rose to the position of Fellow Engineer prior to retirement. Craig finally met the love of his life RaNae at a singles dance class, both looking for a new life. Married October 28th 1995, they shared a home in Richland until moving to Redmond Oregon in 2003. They enjoyed extensive travels together and pursued the outdoor way of life in Central Oregon with kayaking, snowshoeing, hiking and golf, of course. Anyone who knew him realized that he was an AVID WSU Cougar fan, flying his cougar flag proudly every game day of football season. His old friends can attest that he was definitely a friend-keeper forever and was always there to help if needed. Craig is survived by his loving wife RaNae of 20 years; sisters Carole Dvorak (Don) of Maple Valley WA; Claudia Alongi (Mike) of Cathedral City, CA; Mary Rachael "Mimi" Knight (Steve) of Benton City WA; brother Kerwin "Bud" Knight (Joyce) of Folsom CA; step-son Bryan Heavilin of Benton City, WA; nephews Kevin and Ken; nieces Susie, Shelley and DeeAnn. A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Benton City, WA on September 23, 2016 at 2 PM. Following the service you are invited to Bryan's home at 4203 River Ridge PRNW in Benton City. There will also be a Celebration of Life planned in Redmond, OR at a later date for his friends and neighbors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local Habitat for Humanity, Bethlehem Inn at 3705 N Hwy 97 Bend, OR 97702 or a .
Published in Tri-City Herald on Sept. 8, 2016
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