In memory of
Coach Douglas N. "Neil" Knight
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In memory of
Coach Douglas N. "Neil" Knight
Coach Douglas Neil Knight, 80, Union, passed away Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. Neil was born Dec. 8, 1937, in Paw Paw, a little town in Sullivan County. He was the eldest of four children born to Ross and Lenore, nee Tulley, Knight. Growing up on a farm, many values and lessons were learned, and Neil passed these on to his children. He valued hard work and honesty, and these qualities were his guiding force. He was always ready to pitch in and help wherever needed. Neil attended Missouri State Teachers College, now called Truman State University. He majored in physical education. Neil married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Jo Head, and they were blessed with three children, Kim, Kathy and Kirk. He taught in Keokuk, Iowa, and Kahoka, before coming to Union in 1967 to teach high school. During the summer months, he worked for Funke Seed Co., grading crops, and later Dolan Realty. Neil enjoyed playing on town league softball teams and bowling teams. As an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, Neil enjoyed traveling to watch them in spring training. He was a member of the Washington Elks for over 20 years. He also was a member of the Union Kiwanis and served as its club president. He also started track meets for over 25 years for the MSHSAA. Feeling that retirement was boring, he agreed to help coach the East Central College girls^softball team for several years. Neil had a great sense of humor and loved a good joke or prank. He also was a great storyteller. In his later years, he enjoyed traveling and spending time with his 12 grandchildren who adored him. He loved gardening and puttering around his workshop fixing things. Neil was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy; his sister, Jennifer Belzer; and his parents. Neil is survived by his wife of 17 years, Debbie (Schulte) Knight; one son, Kirk Knight and wife Heather; two daughters, Kim Stearns and husband Tracy, and Kathy Brown and husband Dave; stepdaughters, Wendy Rigdon and Bridget Callahan and husband Joe; one brother, Jim Knight; one sister, Jean Page and husband Stan; and his grandchildren, Evan, Lucas and Sean Luetchmann, Gabrielle, Jackson and Harrison Knight, Curtis, Brad and Andrew Rigdon, Aine, Liam and Roan Callahan. The Knight family has planned an "After Party"^ open house Sunday, Oct. 21, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, Washington. Please help us celebrate this special man's life. Come and share your favorite memories with us. Memorial donations may be given to the Parkinson's Foundation or Missouri Department of Conservation. The Knight family is being served by Oltmann Funeral Home, Union.
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In memory of
Coach Douglas N. "Neil" Knight
Coach Douglas Neil Knight, 80, Union, passed away Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. Neil was born Dec. 8, 1937, in Paw Paw, a little town in Sullivan County. He was the eldest of four children born to Ross and Lenore, nee Tulley, Knight. Growing up on a farm, many values and lessons were learned, and Neil passed these on to his children. He valued hard work and honesty, and these qualities were his guiding force. He was always ready to pitch in and help wherever needed. Neil attended Missouri State Teachers College, now called Truman State University. He majored in physical education. Neil married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Jo Head, and they were blessed with three children, Kim, Kathy and Kirk. He taught in Keokuk, Iowa, and Kahoka, before coming to Union in 1967 to teach high school. During the summer months, he worked for Funke Seed Co., grading crops, and later Dolan Realty. Neil enjoyed playing on town league softball teams and bowling teams. As an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, Neil enjoyed traveling to watch them in spring training. He was a member of the Washington Elks for over 20 years. He also was a member of the Union Kiwanis and served as its club president. He also started track meets for over 25 years for the MSHSAA. Feeling that retirement was boring, he agreed to help coach the East Central College girls^softball team for several years. Neil had a great sense of humor and loved a good joke or prank. He also was a great storyteller. In his later years, he enjoyed traveling and spending time with his 12 grandchildren who adored him. He loved gardening and puttering around his workshop fixing things. Neil was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy; his sister, Jennifer Belzer; and his parents. Neil is survived by his wife of 17 years, Debbie (Schulte) Knight; one son, Kirk Knight and wife Heather; two daughters, Kim Stearns and husband Tracy, and Kathy Brown and husband Dave; stepdaughters, Wendy Rigdon and Bridget Callahan and husband Joe; one brother, Jim Knight; one sister, Jean Page and husband Stan; and his grandchildren, Evan, Lucas and Sean Luetchmann, Gabrielle, Jackson and Harrison Knight, Curtis, Brad and Andrew Rigdon, Aine, Liam and Roan Callahan. The Knight family has planned an "After Party"^ open house Sunday, Oct. 21, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, Washington. Please help us celebrate this special man's life. Come and share your favorite memories with us. Memorial donations may be given to the Parkinson's Foundation or Missouri Department of Conservation. The Knight family is being served by Oltmann Funeral Home, Union.
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103 North Church Street
Union, MO 63064
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