Donald L. Knighton, Age: 85
Jan 19, 1934 -- Oct 3, 2019

 

Donald Lee Knighton, 85, passed away at his residence on October 3, 2019.  Visitation will be held from 10-11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at the Porter Funeral Home in Lenexa, Kansas.  Pastor Bud Jones will officiate.  Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Porter Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Lenexa, Kansas.

 

 

 

Don was born on January 19, 1934 in Festus, Missouri to Leslie T and Hallie V Knighton.  He was the older brother of Dennis and Sue Knighton Wright.

 

 

 

In 1953, after graduation from Festus High School in 1951, Don enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.  After completing the Air Cadet Training program and flight training, he served with the Air Force as an active duty pilot for six years. 

 

 

 

Upon discharge from the Air Force in 1959, Don attended college at the University of Missouri in Columbia, graduating with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1963.  It was during this time that Don met his future wife, Dorothy Jean Morrissey from Topeka, Kansas.  They married in June of 1963.

 

 

 

Don began his engineering career with the Allison Engine Company in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Around this time, Don enlisted in the Indiana Air National Guard, again serving as a pilot until his discharge in 1966.

 

 

 

In 1966, Don and Dorothy relocated to Overland Park, Kansas where he began his career with Black & Veatch Consulting Engineers.  Don worked with Black & Veatch the remainder of his professional career, retiring in 1997 as a partner in the firm.

 

 

 

In his spare time he enjoyed woodworking in his home shop.

 

 

 

Don was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Becky and Darlene, and his wife, Dorothy Jean Knighton in 2014.

 

 

 

Don is survived by his immediate family, son, Joseph L Knighton (Susan), Overland Park, KS, son, William T Knighton (Susan Hogarth), Raleigh, NC, and daughter, Karen M Knighton (Skip Wrightson), Cotuit, MA; his brother, Dennis T. Knighton, sister,  Sue  (Glen) Knighton Wright, and many nephews and cousins.

 

 

 

In-lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Center.

 

 

 

Don was independent, and lived on his own, until his last day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Condolences

Judy Chappell Oct 05 ,2019

Niece ,Paola ,Kansas

Bill, Joe & Karen, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you can find some comfort during this difficult time with the memories you have made with your Dad. He will be missed by many! Love Judy

Erma Jean Vandiver Oct 06 ,2019

friend for many years ,Belleville ,Illinois

Deepest sympathy to the family. I grew up with Don - kdg-12th grade and lived by the family. I considered Don a friend and he was our best man in our wedding. Dot became a dear friend as well - They are together again. Dale and I will miss him very much.

Kim Mastalio Oct 07 ,2019

Colleague ,Olathe ,Kansas

Don and I worked together at Black & Veatch for over 30 years. He was an excellent mechanical engineer, department head and project manager. I enjoyed his leadership and friendship working for numerous clients. My condolences to his family and friends.

Scot Morrissey Oct 08 ,2019

Bill, Joe & Karen sending you all thoughts and prayers. I have fond memories of all of us as kids at your folks house. Wishing you peace. Scot

Event:
Visitation
Location:
Porter Funeral Home
Address:
8535 Monrovia St.
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66215
Date:
Oct 09 ,2019
Time:
10:00 AM
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Event:
Funeral Service
Location:
Porter Funeral Home
Address:
8535 Monrovia St.
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66215
Date:
Oct 09 ,2019
Time:
11:00 AM
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