June 17, 2024

Donald Albert “Pete” McKnight, 90

Donald Albert “Pete” McKnight, 90, of Pomeroy, Ohio passed away peacefully at Arbors of Gallipolis on Monday, January 3, 2022. 

He was born January 4, 1931, in Middleport, Ohio to the late William Don McKnight and Violet Gladys Pierce McKnight. 

He graduated from Rutland High School in 1950. He was a mechanic his entire life and proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corp during the Korean Conflict.  He retired in 1996 with 35 years of service from G & J Auto Parts in Pomeroy and worked for many years for Hysell’s Used Cars in Rutland, Ohio.  He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather and would always drop what he was doing at a moment’s notice to help his family and friends with whatever they needed.  He was a great mechanic and people came from all around to have him look at their vehicles. He always had a joke to tell, and he never met a stranger. He enjoyed going on daily walks and visiting with all his neighbors up until his health declined.  

He was preceded in death on August 9, 2021, by his wife of 67 years, Lenora McKnight. He was also proceeded in death by two brothers, Gary McKnight & Leon McKnight. two sisters-in-law Ruth Conrad and Juanita Abbott and five brothers-in-law, Clyde Roush, Delbert Roush, Buford Capehart, Willie Capehart, and Eddie Capehart. 

He is survived by two sons Rick and Christine McKnight (Pomeroy, OH) and Jeff and Melody McKnight (Bidwell, OH) and two grandsons Elijah and Payton McKnight and Caleb McKnight who were the light of his life.  He is also survived by two sisters, Carolyn Dailey (Rutland, OH) and Viola Shoemaker (FL) and two brothers Henry  and Ainslee McKnight (Columbus, OH) and Carlos McKnight (FL), one brother-in-law, Irwin and Carolyn Capehart (Katy, TX), a host of nieces and nephews and his beloved dog Daisy.

Services will be held on Thursday, January 6, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Anderson McDaniel Funeral Home in Pomeroy, Ohio.  Burial will follow in Gravel Hill Cemetery, Cheshire, Ohio with full military honors. Friends may call the funeral home on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, from 6-8 p.m.