William Philip Knight, 80 of Decatur died Wednesday June 28, 2017 in his residence.
Funeral service to celebrate his life will be 10:30 am. Saturday July 1, 2017 at (St. Paul’s Lutheran Church 1
Bachrach Court Decatur, Illinois 62526). Visitation will be one hour before at the church. Burial will be at 3:00
pm. Saturday in Hillcrest Cemetery Centralia, Illinois. Tanzyus-Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge of the
William was born in April of 1937 in Centralia, Illinois, son of Phillip Reginald and Martha Knight. He served eight
years in the Air Force and saw service in Iwo Jima and England. There after he was employed by Northwest
Airlines in Chicago, Billings, Montana, Miami, Honolulu, Anchorage and Memphis. He retired after twenty-six
years. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran and the NRA. He enjoyed nature, and wildlife, photography,
history, reading, travel and crossword puzzles. Bill married Sharon in September of 2003 in Decatur. She survives
Also surviving are his daughter, Davina Campell in Florida and her children, John, Luke and Catherine, two great
grandsons and two great granddaughters, step-sons, Brian Elam and wife Shirley of Decatur, Glen Elam and wife
Marian of Clinton, Illinois, and Dennis P. Elam of Forsyth, six step-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother James.
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