Donald R. KnightApril 16,2014
Donald R. Knight
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Donald R. Knight, 91, of Traverse City, formerly of Brookfield, Vt., died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
He was born Feb. 8, 1923, in Ann Arbor, Mich., the son of the late Raymond and Avis (Wilde) Knight. He graduated from Ann Arbor schools in 1941 and married Patricia A. Felter on Sept. 1, 1942.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943 and served with the 1st Division, 18th Regiment in Company D, landing on Normandy Beach on D-Day. He was later wounded in action in Germany. He received numerous awards and citations, including the Purple Heart.
He married F. Marion Hutchinson in 1949.
After being discharged from the service in 1947, he attended Hamilton Business School in Ann Arbor. He was a Rawleigh Man for many years and later a self-employed insurance broker in Michigan until retiring to Vermont in 1981.
After his wife’s death, he married Carol Regan in 2005. He moved back to Michigan in 2012.
His memberships included the East Brookfield Congregational Church, Mystic Star — Phoenix Lodge 97 F. & A.M. in Brookfield, the Brookfield Garden Club, the Randolph (Vt.) American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans.
He is survived by his wife, of Brookfield, Vt.; daughters C. Sue Langolf and Donna Schuhmacher, both of Traverse City; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by six stepchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by brothers Myron Knight and Raymond Knight Jr. and sister Doris Memmerelle.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 12, 2014, at the East Brookfield Congregational Church in East Brookfield. Burial with military honors will follow in the Williamstown Village Cemetery. There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to East Brookfield Congregational Church, P.O. Box 425, Brookfield, VT 05036, or a military organization of choice. Online condolences may be left at www.dayfunerals.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Day Funeral Home in Randolph, Vt.
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