Col. William "Per" Kender Knight

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  • Name: Col. William "Per" Kender Knight
  • Location of Birth: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: September 10, 1924
  • Date of Death: April 19, 2018
  • Parents: James K. Knight & Esther (Hermanson) Knight
  • High School and Class: Bigfork High School, Bigfork, Minnesota
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  • Highest Rank: COL (Colonel)
  • Branch: Air Force
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  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: William Kender Knight
    Race: White
    Age: 18
    Birth Date: September 10, 1924
    Birth Place: Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Effie, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: December 23, 1942
    Employer: James Knight, Route 1, Effie, Minnesota
    Weight: 136
    Height: 5-9
    Complexion: Ruddy
    Eye Color: Brown
    Hair Color: Brown
    Next of Kin: James Knight, Effie, Minnesota

    William Knight received his wings in 1943 and flew as a fighter pilot in WW II, proudly followed by an Air Force career of 32 1/2 years. He loved flying and was proud of his pilot and command positions in numerous flying units.

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    World War II
    Korean War

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    William Knight married Peggy Dunn in 1945 in Arizona. He had a love for the Bigfork River Valley where he grew up, attending the Zaiser school for his elementary school years. He made his home in Texas after retirement. He was a member of St. Marks Episcopal Church in San Marcos, Texas.

    Col. Knight died at his home in Southlake, Texas and is buried in the Bigfork Cemetery, Bigfork, Minnesota. He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Peggy; daughter Carol (Kenneth) Haines; son, Capt. (USN ret.) James T. (Kathie) Knight; sisters, Jean (Lew) Brownlow, and Janice (Tom) Evensen; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Dr. Jere D. Knight and Lt. James T. Knight.

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