Bruce L. Knight

Bruce L. Knight

Bruce passed away Saturday, May 11, 2019 at his home in Otsego.

He was born February 7, 1952 in Plainwell the son of Claude and Dorothy (McDonald) Knight. Bruce had worked at Kal-Equip, Plainwell Paper, a window and siding company and drove school bus for AAESA for 7 years before retiring in 2016.

In his spare time he enjoyed bowling, golfing, playing bingo and traveling. Bruce had been a member of the Otsego VFW Post #3030 Men’s Auxiliary. On January 7, 1972 at the Otsego Methodist Church he married Deborah Blanchard who passed away in 2014.

Surviving are his children, Jeff (Nikki Huff) Knight of Paw Paw and Jody (Jim) Leonard of Otsego; grandchildren, Taylor (Samantha) Knight, Kyllee (John Wass) Knight, Bailey (Trevor Todd) Knight, Courtney Sebright, and Hannah Sebright; great-grandson, Lincoln; girlfriend; Terri Macak; siblings, Sally Staley, Barb (Bernie) Livingston, Daryl (Kathy) Knight, Val (Mike Dalrymple) Vandervort, Brenda Kling and Wendy (Russ) Tompkins; brother-in-law, Don Sparks, brother-in-law, Allan (Linda) Blanchard along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and siblings, Sandy Sparks, Sharon Kellogg and Bonnie Bell; brothers-in-law, Dean Staley, Del Kellogg and Bill Bell; sister-in-law, Shirley Westcott and his father and mother-in-law, Earl (Francis) Blanchard.

Friends may visit with Bruce’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, and from noon until the time of the funeral service at 1:00 P.M., Thursday, May 16, 2019, at the Otsego United Methodist Church with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Bruce may be made to Hospice Care of South West Michigan.

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  1. Diane Boysen says:

    My deepest sympathies to the Knight families and friends.

  2. Ruby Rogers says:

    Dear Mr. Bruce knights family,
    Our oldest son had the privledge of riding the bus, while in preschool and Mr. Knight was always so kind and a very good bus driver. He served the school well. Thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Maybe God comfort you all.

  3. Sue Lindsey says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Knight family at this time…. my deepest sympathies…..

  4. Stella Waller says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Bruce’s family. I am so sorry to hear about his passing.

  5. Jess Santman says:

    Family, I am so sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. He was such a nice guy, even when he would make me run extra bases. I will miss seeing him at events and around town. Our favorite phrase “whatever Bruce” will have a special place in my heart. My thoughts are with y’all all.

  6. Micky Chamberlain says:

    Sending prayers for Peace, Comfort and Healing to all of the Knight Family and Friends. Bruce’s wife Deb and I both worked at MCTI. I met Bruce several times and knew him to be kind and a good Family man. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

  7. Jim & Bonnie Hoffman says:

    To the Knight family, we are so sorry for your loss of Bruce. He was always such a gentleman and easy to talk to man. We met him years ago when we remodeled our old home and he delivered our windows. Rest in Peace Dear Friend! Jim & Bonnie

  8. Steve and Jean Miller says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Knight family at this heartbreaking time of loss. May you find comfort in the knowledge that his suffering is over and he is back with many of his loved ones that preceded him. I know Bruce will be looking down on his loved ones he had to leave behind watching over them and basking in their future accomplishments. RIP Bruce you may be gone but never forgotten.

  9. Jan A. JAMESON says:

    I am honored to have Bruce as a friend. Good people! We were fellow youth baseball coaches over the years,and i will never forget our many contests between our teams,and the many ideas and conversations we shared. Rest In Peace,Coach. My condolences and love to all his family.



  11. Randy and Linda Taft says:

    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers from our family to yours.

  12. Terry and Soni Boss says:

    Im so sorry for your lost.

  13. Gary Sampsell says:

    From all of us at Lawton Lions Club bingo our deepest sympathies to the Knight family.

  14. Ken and Toni Coburn says:

    To have Bruce as my friend has been an honor and a blessing. He was like one of my oldest brothers and I can say I loved him as one. We will be thinking of the entire Knight family and keep a prayer for you all.

  15. Tom and Carrie Hall says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with the family

  16. Kathleen (Snyder) Fisher says:

    My sincere sympathy to the Knight family. I have known Bruce for many years. He was a truly kind and gentle friend. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

  17. Deb Lovett-Seekman says:

    Jeff and Jodi and family for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the Knight family. So sorry I won’t be able to make it Wednesday or Thursday. Sorry.

  18. Carla McDonald says:

    I was sad to hear that Bruce had passed. My condolences to all his family. I know he will be greatly missed.

  19. Pat Filkins says:

    Bruce was a friend since kindergarten, always nice and polite. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. RIP Bruce, til we meet again.

  20. Terry & Char Bonnell says:

    To Terri and the Knight family,
    We enjoyed getting to know our neighbor, Bruce. So sorry for the loss. May you feel God’s loving embrace during this difficult time. Many prayers and hugs.

  21. Sherry says:

    Ken and I are so sorry for all of you who are dealing with this loss. Bruce was funny, positive and always making you smile with his wit and humor. He will truly be missed in this family.

  22. gary burd says:

    my love and prayers to Jeff, Jody, and the entire family. Bruce was a coach in my early days, and a dear friend later in life. just a great soul who will be missed dearly.

  23. Debbie Anderson says:

    Jody and family and Jeff and family: My heart breaks for all of you with the loss of your Dad and Grandpa. I know how much you will miss all that he was and all that he did for his family. He beamed when he talked of his family and was proud of all of you. I hope God wraps his arms around each of you and gives you peace and comfort knowing he is now with your Mom and Grandma and all his loved ones who have went before him. You have my Deepest Sympathy.

  24. Susan Brainerd-Blahnik says:

    My deepest sympathy to the Knight family. Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers.

  25. Ben DeMink says:

    Lynn an I are so sorry to hear about your loss. I worked with Bruce for many years at Norandex and have very good memories of those times and the times we would have lunch together. Our prayers are with you at this time of loss.

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