Stephen D. Knight

One of the greatest Minnesota sportsmen has upgraded to a new license for the great outdoors in heaven. Stephen Dennis Knight, 66, of Princeton, Minnesota, passed away on July 16, 2019, peacefully at his home and surrounded by love. Born in Alabama to Victor and Betty Knight, this southern gent quickly embraced his love for the midwest when his family moved to Minnesota where his father was from. Steve grew up in Cologne, Minnesota and attended school in Norwood-Young America, where his athletic prowess and fast-pitch made him famous, but his charisma and friendship even more so. He attended Texas Lutheran College on a baseball scholarship. After college, he returned to Minnesota and in the disco days of the 70s, he met Cherryl Rogers who he married on December 10, 1977. While he was a very hard worker, Steve also enjoyed his free time and invented half-day Fridays in the 1980s, way before it became an actual thing. With a long and happy career with North Star Mutual Insurance, he happily retired on his 65th birthday so he could focus on enjoying what he loved the most – hunting and fishing. If he wasn’t on the lake, Steve could be found at the cabin he and Cherryl built on his family’s homestead. He is survived by his wife Cherryl; his daughters Brandy (Daniel) Doyle, Candace (Alex) Knight, Melissa (Ryan) Henriksen; his five grandsons and one granddaughter; and his siblings Jacie, Scott and Heidi. He is preceded in death by his parents Victor and Betty. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. A celebration of life will be hosted at the Princeton North Civic Center on July 27 from 1-4 p.m. In the words of Steve during one of his long Minnesota goodbyes, always remember to “Watch for deer.”

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