Dean Harold Knight
Dean Harold Knight, 81 of Strawberry Point, died Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at his home in Strawberry Point, surrounded by his family.
Dean was the oldest child of Harold Myron Knight and Leonore Irene (Wiltse) Knight. He was born August 11, 1932, in the brick house on the Knight farm east of Strawberry Point. He started school in September 1938 at the Lodomillo #4 School that was just across the field from their home. Dean completed kindergarten through eighth grade there with Dorothy Smith as his teacher.
Dean started 9th grade at the Strawberry Point High School in 1947. He was in the graduating class of 1951 with 17 other classmates. His graduation present from his parents was a 1957 Mercury from his parents. Following graduation he worked as a mechanic for the International Harvester dealer, James Implement, until the fall of 1951. Then he went to work in Cedar Rapids for Wilson Packing Company for one month, followed by the Eddy Paper Company until the spring of 1952. Dean decided that he was too much of a farm boy to work in the city so returned to work for his dad until the fall of 1952 when he was drafted into the U.S. Army in October.
He completed eight weeks of basic training in Aberdeen, Maryland. Then, because of his mechanical background, was sent by train to Atlanta, Georgia, to attend a 12-week schooling to be a Wheel Vehicle Mechanic. Dean was stationed in the South Pacific on Eniwetok Island for 11 months during the Korean War. He was discharged on October 6, 1954, and returned home to help his father farm.
Dean bought the D-X station in Strawberry Point from his brother in June 1957. He built a new station and took in a partner, Lowell Rodas, in January 1958. Dean married Rose Marie “Rea” Fishel on November 9, 1958. He operated the station until 1968 when he bought the Earl Knight farm and began working full-time on the farm with his dad. He eventually bought out his father’s dairy herd and milked cows until their dispersal sale in 1975. During this time, Dean also worked as a rural mail carrier from 1964-1993. After retiring from the Postal Service, Dean and Rea purchased a home in Florida in 1997.
Dean and Rea celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 2008. Dean was always very active in the community. He was a charter member of the Peppy Pointers 4-H Club (and later became a leader) and an FFA Member. Dean has also served as the Master of the Pleasant Point Grange, Commander of American Legion Post 218, long time member of the Masonic Lodge, Starmont School Board member and President, Civic Center Board member, Strawberry Point Development Board member, and Wilder Museum Board President.
God and his family were Dean’s top priorities. He was a gifted mechanic and could fix anything, especially if it had a Ford emblem on it. He also enjoyed helping Rea and the family with projects, collecting old cars (especially his Model T and 1966 Ford Convertible), motorcycle riding, traveling, spending the winter months in Florida and being a travel guide while hosting family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Rose Marie “Rea” Fishel Knight of Strawberry Point; his children, Jon (Rhonda) Knight of Waterloo, Julie (James) Larson of Postville, Keith (Carol) Knight of Moline, IL; six grandchildren, Joshua (Laura) Larson, Jennifer Larson, Jacob (fiancée Megan Dryer) Larson, Erinn Knight, Emily Knight, and Kyle Knight; and one great grand-daughter, Brynnley Larson; his siblings; Ruth Feuss of Coggon, Nolan (Marie) Knight of Strawberry Point, Rita (Richard deceased) Hill of Cedar Rapids; his in-laws; Robert (Irene deceased) Fishel of Edgewood, Dorthy (Don) Huinker of Baraboo, WI, Delores (Chuck) Wakeland of Hale, MO, Marilyn (Duane deceased) Lamker of Monona, and Pat (Robert) Zach of Monona; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents; his brother-in-law, Richard Hill; his sister-in-law, Irene Fishel; and his brother-in-law, Duane Lamker.
Funeral services were held at United Methodist Church, Strawberry Point, on Saturday, March 15, at 10:30 a.m. Interment with military rights followed at Cass Township Cemetery in Strawberry Point. Visitation was from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 14, at the church where a Masonic Service was held at 7 p.m.
Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Strawberry Point, assisted with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.leonard-mullerfh.com.