PRATT — James A. Knight Jr., age 92, died at Southwind Home in Pratt, Kansas on Saturday, October 5, 2019. He was born December 26, 1926 in Pratt, Kansas, the son of James A. and Iva Maude (Coghill) Knight.
Jim graduated from Pratt High School in 1945. Five days after graduation, Jim was drafted into the army and departed for basic training in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He served in the U.S. Army 332nd Engineer Company F and served his country in Wiesbaden, Germany during post World War II.
On September 28, 1947, Jim married his high school sweetheart, and the love of his life, Audrey “Jean” Clark. Together they shared 66 years of marriage, and were inseparable until her death in 2014. They were blessed with three children: Doug, Gail, and Debi.
Jim and Jean farmed southwest of Syracuse, Kansas from 1948-1953. Jim then pursued his lifelong career as a general contractor in the family business, J.A. Knight and Sons Inc., with his father, James A. Knight, brother L.V. and his son Doug Knight. He retired in 1990.
Jim had a passion for horses and his family enjoyed many years in the Pratt Saddle Club. They also enjoyed many years traveling in their RV and motorcycling.
Jim was a member of the First Christian Church in Pratt, the Pratt Chapter of the American Legion, and Pratt Elks Lodge.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Jean, two brothers, Ralph and LV Knight, and his two sisters, Beulah Knight and Doris Iverson.
Jim is survived by his son, Doug and wife Kay of Pratt, two daughters, Gail and husband, Rich Sahlfeld of Prairie Village, KS, and Debi and husband, Marty Casey of Bella Vista, AR; two grandchildren: Kris and wife Wendy Knight of Bend, OR, and Kylea and husband Paul Anders of Wichita, KS; four great-grandchildren: Bryson, Ethan, and Brooks Knight, and Mara Anders.
A private family graveside service with military honors will be held at the Greenlawn Cemetery in Pratt, Kansas.
Family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to Southwind Home, Pratt Historical Museum, or the Pratt Public School Foundation in care of Larrison Mortuary, 300 Country Club Road, Pratt.