Seigel Neil Knight, 81, of Ottawa, Kansas, passed away Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, at his home. He was born Oct. 29, 1936, in Garnett, Kansas, the son of Seigel Knight and Margaret Louise (Thompson) Knight-Lambert. He graduated from Garnett High School with the class of 1955. He then graduated from Pittsburg State University in 1959.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, at Faith Lutheran Church, Ottawa, with burial to follow at 2 p.m. at Garnett Cemetery in Garnett, Kansas. A visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, at Lamb-Roberts Funeral home, Ottawa.
Neil was a serviceman for Montgomery-Ward for several years working in many Kansas communities including Hutchinson, Larned, Wellington, and Coffeyville. In 1973 he moved to Ottawa and began his over 30-year career at King Radio, which eventually became Honeywell, as an avionics tech.
Neil was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Ottawa. He was also a lifetime amateur radio operator. His call sign was WA0NUB. Neil could fix anything. From a simple sewing machine to a television or car, Neil could take things apart and fix what was wrong with them. Probably what he spent the most time fixing and working on was bicycles. He rode them all over town for many years. Neil loved bicycles and he spent many hours fixing them up. He loved World War II history. If there was a show on TV about the war, he wanted to watch it. When he was young he flew for more than 1,000 hours of flight time but never went on to get his license. Neil was a quiet, keep-to-himself gentleman. But he loved his family and his church.
On June 17, 1972, Neil was united in marriage to Yvonne Schiewe in Natrona, Kansas. They shared 45 years together. Yvonne survives of their home.
Neil was also survived by his son Neal Patrick Knight and his wife, Donna Diamond, of Princeton; daughter, Ginger Yvette Davis and her husband, Bryan Davis, of Ottawa; grandson, Devin Patrick Knight and his wife, Paige, of Ottawa; two granddaughters, Alexis Nicole Davis, Karley Joann Davis both of Ottawa; and three great-grandchildren, Zachary Knight, Mackenzie Knight, and Braelyn Knight.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Elinor Louise Knight.
The family suggests memorials in his name to the Faith Lutheran Church or the American Diabetes Association, c/o Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 14, Ottawa, Kansas 66067. Condolences may be sent to the family through www.lamb-roberts.com