Calvin D. Knight
December 29, 1925 ‒ August 24, 2018
Calvin Dorr Knight 92, of Delaware passed away Friday morning, August 24, 2018 surrounded by his loving family, having lived a good, long life.
He was born December 29, 1925 on a farm, and raised in Lucas County, Ohio, the son of the late George Myron and Hazel Florence (Gibson) Knight. Calvin was active in agriculture, and was the President of High School 4-H Club, and FFA. After graduating high school he served two years in the United States Navy, during WWII.
When he returned home, he attended, and later graduated from The Ohio State University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Education. He would go on to teach vocational agriculture education at Arcadia, Hancock County, for 6 years and Paulding High School in Paulding County for 4 years. During his time as teacher there he had many winning Parliamentary Procedure Competition teams, and a student earning the Star Farmer of America Award. He later became the Ohio County Extension Agent in Jefferson County, and transferred to Ashland County as the Agriculture Extension Agent, where he spent 26 years. While there he earned his Masters of Science degree in Agriculture Education from The Ohio State University. He was President of the Ashland Rotary Club, and President of the Ohio County Agriculture Extension Agents Association. He retired as a Professor Emeritus at OSU.
He was able to find and marry the love of his life Dorothy “Dottie” (Minier) Knight and they were married in 1949. They spent 69 loving and amazing years together before his passing. She survives, along with their children, Peggy (Tom) Franklin, Jayn (Tim) Corral, Gregory (Linda) Knight, Kimberley Jacobs (Bobbi), and Marcia (Mark) Zeltman; 15 grandchildren, Ginger Griffin, Darcy Griffin, Brooks Franklin, Conor Franklin, Logen Franklin, Tayler Franklin, Vaughn Franklin, Landry Franklin, Katie Spata, Jay Knight, Sam Jacobs, Pete Jacobs, Josh Zeltman, Brittany Zeltman, and Zach Zeltman; 22 great-grandchildren; brother, George Knight; sisters, Pat Bischoff, Nancy Stone, and June Mills.
In addition to his parents, Calvin was preceded in death by his sisters Mabel and Marietta.
Calvin enjoyed traveling, being outdoors, golfing, and fishing. He and Dottie spent 20 years as “snowbirds” splitting time between Sarasota and Ohio. After they moved into Willow Brook in Delaware, he was a founder and chairman of the Landscaping Committee and enjoyed playing euchre and pool with his friends. He was an avid fan and season ticket holder for many years of The Ohio State University Buckeyes football team. He especially found pleasure in spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He will be missed by all that knew him.
A memorial service celebrating Calvin’s life will take place Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 10:30 am at Willow Brook at Delaware Run, 100 Delaware Crossing W., Delaware, Ohio 43015. Graveside services will follow at 2:00 pm at Ashland County Memorial Park on U. S. Rt. 250 in Ashland, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed towards his fraternity Alpha Gamma Sigma, or the Willow Brook Foundation.
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