William Lynn Knight
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
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.
Source: Alaska Dispatch News, 25 October 2013