Harry Dale Knight, 93, of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, passed away March 22, 2017.
Born on July 30, 1923, in Montrose, Iowa to Warren William Knight and
Rose Ellen Dye Knight, he was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Albert, Dale and Warren, Jr., sisters Cora Todd and Charlotte Allen and son-in-law Michael Nagel. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ruth Horras Knight, of Fairfield, IA and daughters Diana (Joe) Fisher, Carol Nagel, Janice (Ansel) Tupper, Jacqueline (Craig) Beaumont and sons Alan and Harry, Jr. Also surviving are grandchildren, Jeremey Tupper, Alexandra (Joshua) Marrow, Sydney Beaumont and Zachary Fisher and great-grandson Nathan.
Harry served in World War II as a cargo plane pilot transporting supplies and troops in the forward combat zones of India-Burma, Central Burma and China. He led his crew through numerous missions over The Hump in China. Harry was awarded a World War II Victory Medal, 3 Bronze Stars, an Air medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross and 3 major battle stars.
After his service, Harry earned a degree in Business Administration followed by a Juris Doctor from Drake University Law School. Harry met Ruth while he was in college and they married on June 12, 1948. After raising six children and enjoying a long and successful career in the insurance industry, Harry retired from his position as General Manager of Sheboygan Falls Mutual Insurance in Wisconsin. He and Ruth relocated to Hot Springs Village in 1989 and became members of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church. Harry’s lifelong interests included golf, fishing, cards, reading books and staying current on world affairs.
Funeral services will be held Friday, March 24th at 11:00 a.m. at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church located at 295 Balearic Road, Hot Springs Village, AR, Pastor Bill Elser presiding.
My condolences to Diana, Joe and the entire family. I know from conversations over the years how much he was loved. Thanks to dedicated Americans such as Mr. Harry we are all safer and no words can express, as the father of an Army SF Group member, how much we all appreciate his WWII service and dedication. There is also a group waiting for him on the 1st tee at Heaven's Crossing.
Remembering a wonderful friend with whom Don and I had many laughs. Ruth, it was always a joy to be with you and Harry and your family and I know how he will be missed by many people who touched his life. Harry was very knowledgable about many subjects and when we weren't laughing, we could always open a conversation about a topic of our choice and expect to be enlightened with facts and figures to support it all. My condolences to you and your wonderful family.
We are saddened by the loss of our beloved Uncle Harry. Our prayers are with all of you during this difficult time and we cherish all the wonderful memories we have of a beautiful man.
Dan, Susanne, and Alana Harp
I want to extend my sympathy to you; I have never met you I don't think unless it was when I was a small child, I was born and lived in Fort Madison, Iowa until 1949, my mother was Anna M Knight Levick - when my sister and I did a family search a few years ago, she had learned that you lived in Hot Springs Village. I moved here last year and am living with my son and daughter-in-law - it a small world.