Steven G. Knight
February 21, 2021
Lee's Summit, Missouri - Steven G. Knight, 72, passed away on Sunday, February 21st surrounded by his wife, their three daughters, and his brother as he entered the Kingdom of Heaven for a glorious reunion with those he loved who had gone before him.
Steve was born in Kansas City, MO on September 21, 1948 to Bernard and Blanche (Cooper) Knight. He was a 1966 graduate of Marysville (KS) High School, earned a B.S. in Political Science from his beloved K-State (EMAW!) in 1970, and he also served in the Army National Guard.
He married his best friend and soulmate, Pam Markey, on June 3, 1972 at Visitation Catholic Church in Kansas City, MO, and they became the parents of three daughters. Family was everything to Steve and he was a shining example of what a father should be. He was the husband that bought flowers for every occasion and made "Steve's Big Breakfast" on he weekends. He eventually became the Pop who made those same breakfasts, attended countless softball & basketball games, and lit up when he was spending time with his six grandchildren.
Steve worked in the mortgage banking industry for 40 years until his retirement in 2014. At that time, he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mortgage Bankers Association of Kansas City. By all accounts, he was known as a man of his word, a great guy to work with, and a mentor to many.
Steve was a member of the Leawood Rotary Club for several years and was named a Paul Harris Fellow. He also volunteered with Keeler Women's Center in KCK where he was instrumental in securing support to fund the center's financial literacy classes. He also performed countless acts of kindness for others whenever the opportunity arose.
Steve lived his life to serve the Lord and take care of others. He was a registered organ donor and now three families have been blessed in the same way his was when Pam received a new kidney last year. He was a beautiful soul and he will be greatly missed.
Steve was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Blanche Knight, and sister-in-law, Ann Knight. He is survived by his wife and best friend of nearly 49 years, Pam, of Lee' Summit, their three daughters, Jennifer Lehr (Kevin) of Prairie Village, Amy Spitaleri (Tom) and Brooke Bonadonna (Michael), all of Lee's Summit, and brother Peter Knight of Buffalo, MN. Steve's legacy also lives on through his six beautiful grandchildren, Lauren, Leah, and Toni Spitaleri and Mia, Joe Mike, and Sofia Bonadonna who were the light of his life.
The Rosary will be prayed at 4:45 p.m. followed by visitation 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, February 28, at Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church, Lee's Summit, MO. The funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 1, at the church, followed by burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Raytown, MO. Masks and social distancing are required for the services. For those unable to attend in person, the Mass will be live streamed on YouTube at https://youtu.be/qd50czBgtXU
Contributions in Steve's honor can be made online to the Keeler Women's Center by visiting www.keelerwomenscenter.org
or the Midwest Transplant Network at www.mwtn.org/make-a-monetary-donation
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Published by Kansas City Star on Feb. 26, 2021.