Calvin D. Knight

December 29, 1925 ‒ August 24, 2018

Delaware, Ohio

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.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware is honored to serve this veteran and his family.

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  • Uncle cabin was wonderful loving Uncle. Growing up I only saw him about every four years but as a family member of the Knights, cards was in the future to play. We seem to always learn new cards games and he was very competitive at it.
    One year my mother taught me game of sequence that she was taught by her brother Calvin. He made a board for my mother and I loved it and asked for one. My uncle actually drove all the way to Beech Grove to deliver that sequence board ( his granddaughter had an event here in Indianapolis too) .
    I remember in 1989 I believe my daughter Shawna and I went with my mom and Bea to Uncle Calvin’s house to a sibling reunion. What a great time hearing all the stories of their growing up together. There to was my first time a swing at a golf ball.
    You will truly be missed uncle Calvin and I will treasure this sequence board that you made for me. You’re with our heavenly father now with no pain.
    With lots of love, peace be with you Uncle Calvin

  • Dottie, Peggy, Jayn, Greg, Kim, Marcia and family,
    My sympathy for your Dad’s passing. You have a wonderful family and that showed in the love your Dad and Mom showed at our family ‘s gatherings. You have a rich love for the Lord that I am sure will give you comfort as you heal from his absence in your daily life. Blessings for comfort to you all.

  • We fondly remember our association with Cal as Ashland County Extension Agent and as a member of Christ United Methodist Church. We have missed him and his family since they left Ashland and are sorry to learn of his death. Our sympathy is extended to his family.

    Judy and Fred Rafeld

  • To Dottie and Family,
    So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you with Christian love and sympathy.
    We have many fond memories of what I call, The Golden Age of Agriculture,
    with Extension as a leading factor in Ashland County.
    1949 was a very good year for marriages.

    • Barb, How nice to read what you wrote about Cal – it means so much to me and I know he would so happy to know that you cared for him. Thank you. Aunt Dottie

  • A leader in teaching others to use the results of research and experience to solve their problems in farming, landscaping, and community activities. A really pleasing personality with humor to spare. It was always a pleasure to be with him at Extension events.
    Blessings to the families, Dad and Grandpa was a great man to be follow.
    Edison Klingler, Kenton

  • Carolyn and I were very sorry to read about the passing of “Cal” in our Ashland paper this morning. He was a very respected and admired person in our county years ago when he was the County Agent. I truly enjoyed talking to him about the state of our agriculture, attending his meetings, and golfing with him occasionally. When we first moved to Ashland County, he and Dottie made us feel very welcome and quickly made us a part of the community. Our prayers go out to the entire family regarding their loss. Bob Brown

  • To Dottie and Family:
    Thank you Dottie for personally calling to inform us of Cal’s passing. We are so sorry for your loss. We have so many great memories of the good times we all had over the years. We have missed those gatherings in Ohio and in Florida. So many of our friends are gone now. We will be calling you to do some catching up.
    Our prayers are with you all.
    Charlie and Peg Knotts; and Lana Johnson (daughter)

  • Dear Dottie and Family,
    On behalf of my mother, Ruth Howard Parrott, and her children and their families, I am sending our heartfelt sympathy at the news of Calvin’s death. As long as she could, Mom wanted to keep that connection with her Knight cousins. I think Mom and I last saw you and Cal (and Greg and Linda) at Aunt Flip’s funeral a number of years ago in Worthington (or perhaps Cal wasn’t able to be there at that time?).
    I remember that it was always quite an occasion when Cal and Dottie showed up at any of the Howard family gatherings, and that laughter and love were a big part of the event. We are saddened to know that Cal will no longer be with you all in body, but we are rejoicing with you that his earthly journey is complete. Praise God for Cal’s long and productive life.
    With sympathy,
    Jack and Terry (Parrott) Rhoads

  • Lots of good memories of farm tours while Cal was in Ashland.
    Know that he will be missed by all family and friends.
    Will be thinking of you and have you in our prayers.

  • Karen and I offer our sympathy to Dottie and all off the family.

    Calvin was a great mentor to me as I worked with him in the County Extension Office. In addition to helping me on the job, your family was so helpful to Karen and me as a young married couple, new in the community. Your hospitality to us and your example as parents is something that we have never forgotten.

    We extend our prayers and sympathy to you and your family.

    • It is so heartwarming to read your comments. You were special people in our lives and it was a privilege to be with you. Amazing that you remembered Cal. Dottie

  • Dottie and family – So sorry to learn of Cal’s death. My thoughts and prayers and condolences to you all. I have many good memories from those Extension years in Ashland. Since our lives crossed frequently during those years, it almost seemed somewhat normal to open the newspaper this morning and find both Cal and Tom together again – tho sadly on the obituary page. ( Tom left this earth Sunday, just 2 days after Cal). I am hoping to attend Cal’s Graveside Service Wednesday.

  • So sorry for your loss, Chief Kim Jacobs. Sending our deepest sympathy for the loss of your father. After experiencing the loss of my mother over a year ago the pain never stops. But I take joy in remembering all of the good times my family shared through the years. Our prayers go out to you and your entire family for their loss.

    • Thank you for your kind words, directed to our daughter, Kim. She and her father had a special bond and will miss him. I appreciate that you cared and did this. As her mother it’s so nice to read your message. Dottie Knight

  • To all of the Knight family, I was so sorry to read about the passing of Cal and will always remember him as a great promoter of extension programming and a never-ending fan of the OSU Buckeyes. You all have my deepest sympathy with special personal condolences to Greg and Linda & family. Know that you are in my thoughts with hope that as time passes good memories help lessen feelings of grief. And, as always…GO BUCKS! Sincerely, Trish (Welch) Topa

  • My heartfelt sympathy and much love to all of the Knight Family. I see that I am not the only Barb to have Cal as an Uncle. I met Cal and Dottie just before they moved o Willowbrook. Dottie is a true friend and Cal was a “character ” I will never forgot. I called him Uncle Cal because when my last uncle passed away, he patted me on the arm and told me not to worry, he’d be my Uncle from now on! I truly feel that his children are my “adopted” cousins and have enjoyed all the extensive conversations about their lives, past and present. He will be sadly missed by all of us at Delaware Run. Dottie, be sure to tell your family the “waxing” story from the salon. They will get a good laugh. You will need some laughter in the coming days.
    Much love,
    Barb Reierson (the hairdresser)
    (And her beloved kitty cat, “Calvin “

  • My heartfelt sympathies to your family. Fondly do I remember the years of being involved in 4-H in Ashland County and the support and mentoring of both Cal Knight and Tom McDonough. The Lord has recruited two great men into his fold.
    Ann Staley Miller

  • Aunt Dottie and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. I remember Uncle Calvin as a kind and caring individual who never knew a stranger. I was always impressed on how he conducted himself as a true gentleman, and he made me feel special and important whenever we had conversation.
    Mike and Christine Boroff

    • Thank you, Mike.We,too, were happy to know you and miss seeing you as the years have gone by.I wish you the best and appreciate the words that you have expressed here. Aunt Dottie

  • The service and sacrifice of Calvin Knight will never be forgotten. Calvin flew on an Honor Flight in 2010, and is a part of our memories and history. Our cherished World War II Veterans quite literally saved the world, in exchange for a debt of sacrifice that we will never be able to repay. On behalf of Honor Flight Columbus, please accept our most sincere condolences.