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Richard Knight, 66

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Richard E. Knight, age 66, of Ellsworth, died Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at the River Falls Area Hospital.

He was born the son of Edward and Naoma (White) Knight on April 15, 1944, in Red Wing, Minn. In 1962, Richard graduated from Spring Valley High School. After graduation, he worked for two years at Behrens Motor Supply in River Falls. On July 5, 1969, he married Gloria Ray in Hudson and in 1975 the couple purchased their farm in rural River Falls. While farming, Richard hauled milk for Mid-Am from local farmers in River Falls and Ellsworth until selling his route in 1981. After hauling milk, he became an over-the-road truck driver hauling loads of cheese to Seattle, Wash.

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Richard loved to socialize on his milk route, taking his time to visit with his customers and even helping them with work and tractor repairs. His family said he could fix anything; he repaired tractors and farm equipment until the time of his death. He also enjoyed tractor pulls and eating; he knew the best places in the area to stop for doughnuts, pies and other favorite foods.

Richard is survived by his wife, Gloria; sons, Steven (Kim) of Hager City, Scott (Gayle) of Ellsworth; daughter, Darla (Randy) Girdeen of Ellsworth; grandchildren, Quinn and Presley Girdeen, Luke and Alex Knight; sister, Carol Johnson, and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Naoma.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 2, at First Congregational Church in River Falls. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, July 1, at Bakken-Young Funeral Home in River Falls and also Friday from 10-11 a.m. at church. The interment was in Greenwood Cemetery in River Falls.

Arrangements were with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.

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