Funeral services for Charles “Steve” Stephen Knight, 63, of New Albany, will be at noon Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Spring Street Chapel of Kraft Funeral Service in New Albany, with entombment to follow in Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park in New Albany with military honors. He died, being called home by his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, while at home with his family.
He was employed by the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department for 37 years. He served on the Floyd County Police Department for 32 years in many positions including shift commander and chief. He was the department’s domestic violence instructor and member of the Floyd County Metro SWAT Team, where he served as Assistant SWAT Commander and most recently Crisis Negotiations Team leader.
Upon retiring from his police duties in 2005, he was appointed Floyd County Jail Commander. Prior to beginning his life-long service to his community, he served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1967 to 1972, where he earned many distinguished honors including two Purple Hearts. He was a combat veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Frank C. Denzinger Lodge 171, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3281 and Masonic Temple Lodge 39. He was a member of St. John’s Presbyterian Church in New Albany. He will be remembered as a true warrior in his fight against cancer, but above all, he was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Linda Hurst Knight; his daughter, Sherri Knight and her husband, Tim; his son, Todd Knight and his wife, Karen; and three grandchildren, Lexi, Zachary and Sean. He also leaves a brother Ray Knight and his wife Carol.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard J. Knight and Goldie M. Drake Knight.
Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, and after 8 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. A Masonic memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may go to Hosparus of Southern Indiana, 624 E. Market St., New Albany, 47150.
Online condolences may be made at www.kraftfuneralservice.net