Lutheran minister Kenneth Raymond McKnight dies
Kenneth Raymond McKnight1939-2011Kenneth Raymond McKnight died on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, in his home in Tabernash, ending an eight-year struggle with prostate cancer.He was born May 5, 1939, in Chicago to Tony Raymond McKnight and Evelyn Jeanette Johnson McKnight. He earned his bachelor degree at Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill., and pursued a call to parish ministry, earning master and doctor of ministry degrees from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.He married Holly Roland on June 24, 1961, in McKeesport, Pa. He served as pastor of several vigorous Lutheran congregations over 39 years: House of Prayer, in suburban Country Club Hills, Ill (1965-70); Zion, in rural Belvidere, Ill (1970-77); Epiphany, in suburban Elmhurst, Ill (1977-90); St. Luke’s, in suburban Park Ridge, Ill (1990-2000). At age 60, he startled colleagues and family by leaving the prestigious St Luke’s and becoming the planter and founding pastor of Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church, Huntley, Ill. (2000-2004). Each of his congregations grew from his tireless work ethic, his passion for outreach and community service, and from his giftedness in youth and confirmation ministries. Beyond that, his interest in pastoral care led him to serve as a hospital chaplain at Elmhurst Memorial and Rockford Memorial hospitals in Illinois. After leaving the ministry in June 2004, Ken and Holly moved to the home built for them in Winter Park Highlands by their son David McKnight’s construction company, and Ken was thrilled by the opportunity to work with him building the Grand Mountain Bank, Granby headquarters. He and Holly spent months each year traveling to far-flung places around the world, his favorite being their pole-to-pole cruise on a small ship from Iceland to Antarctica. Ken was a member of Rotary Clubs in Granby, and Huntley, Elmhurst and Belvidere, Ill. He served on the boards of directors of Augustana College and Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and board of governance of Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Ill.He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Holly of Tabernash, three sons: David (Maura) of Tabernash, Rev. Daniel (Laura) of Shawnee, Kan., and Jonathan (Monica) of Silver Spring, Md., and a daughter: Carolyn “Cary” Dahl (Allen) of Staunton, Va. He leaves behind eight grandchildren: Caleb and Jonah McKnight of Tabernash, Jeremy & Eli McKnight of Shawnee Kan., Kieran McKnight of Silver Springs Md, and Hannah, Oliver and Sophie Dahl of Staunton Va., as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, and by his sister and her husband M/Sgt James and Donna Kay Bartholomew. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 15, at Lord of the Valley Lutheran Church, Granby, next to City Market at 63294 U.S. Highway 40, with his pastor, Rev. Brian Bergum, officiating. Ken asked that memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, be directed to the ministries of Lord of the Valley Lutheran Church, P. O. Box 843, Granby, CO 80446.
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