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“Rose, Billy, John & Families: Our sincerest condolences go out to you and your families. Tony will be fondly remembered and we appreciate the...Read More »
1 of 33 | Posted by: Bob Rasche & Family - MO

“What a journey; from your home garage to Lancaster to Centerville. Thank you for making me a part of it. Rose and family my deepest sympathies. ”
2 of 33 | Posted by: Claudine (Heflin) Mesecher - IA

“Tony Knight was an engineering genius.He was a sportsman,firearms enthusiast,and a good all around guy.Tony Knight had the respect of those who met...Read More »
3 of 33 | Posted by: Jeff Medina - Centerville, IA

“Tony will be missed by everyone who knew him. I am proud to say I worked for Tony beginning in 1989 in Lancaster, Mo & then to Centerville, Ia for...Read More »
4 of 33 | Posted by: Debbie Foglesong - Centerville, IA

“Rose and family, Just want to extend my sympathy at this time of passing of your husband & father Tony Bill. We are holding you close in thought...Read More »
5 of 33 | Posted by: Jean L Sidwell - Queen City, MO

“Our most heartfelt condolences to all the Knight family. Tony will be missed terribly by all. But such a statement he made while on earth! Being...Read More »
6 of 33 | Posted by: The David Allen Family

“Sorry to hear about Tony's passing. I was one of Tony's many friends created by his passion for making the best muzzleloaders possible. I had the...Read More »
7 of 33 | Posted by: Richard P. Smith - Marquette, MI

“Such sad news. My heart goes out to Michelle and the rest of the family. I think of you all often. May God give you peace in this difficult time. ”
8 of 33 | Posted by: Liberty Hill - Davenport, IA

“I am sorry for ur loss!! U are in my thoughts and prayers!!!!! ”
9 of 33 | Posted by: Nicole (Campbell)Dixson - lacona, IA

“My dear Rose, We are so sorry for your loss.Tony was such a great guy,so glad you had such a wonderful life together. Love to you and your family....Read More »
10 of 33 | Posted by: Dennis and Jean Ann Sidwell - MO

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Tony's family and friends. Tony was like a father to me. I'll never forget his sage advice, contagious smile and...Read More »
11 of 33 | Posted by: Travis Harsha - Montgomery, AL

“My deepest sympathy to the Knight family. Tony was a Great Man. His contributions to the muzzle loading firearms world have truly changed that...Read More »
12 of 33 | Posted by: Bob Walker - Forksville, PA

“Adios amigo, Rest in peace, you will be missed. ”
13 of 33 | Posted by: Don Snell - Farmington, NM

“Please accept our sincere sympathy and prayers, and may your loving memories give you peace. ”
14 of 33 | Posted by: Dennis & Beverly Sisul Laurson - IA

“I did not have the pleasure of knowing Mr. Knight, but I salute his mechanical expertise and innovation. ”
15 of 33 | Posted by: Marcus Fry - Cedar Park, TX

“Love and sympathy to all the Knight family. ”
16 of 33 | Posted by: Dennis&Joyce Pickering - cousin

“20 something years ago while sitting in Freshman English, I noticed a "new" girl from Unionville, Missouri in the hall with her Mom. At the time I...Read More »
17 of 33 | Posted by: Jenny (Curtis) Stull - Blairstown, IA

“Dear Knight Family: Tony was a king of the firearms industry, but also one of the nicest and kindest men. His contributions to our industry, to...Read More »
18 of 33 | Posted by: Laurie Lee Lee Dovey - JOHNSTOWN, PA

“Tony always had a friendly smile and an active sense of humor. He was able to pursue and enjoy his passion for hunting. My sympathy to Rose and the...Read More »
19 of 33 | Posted by: Roger Dye - Denver, CO

“Very sorry to hear of Tony's passing. He did a lot to make the world a better place. ”
20 of 33 | Posted by: Mark Lewis - Friend

“Rose, Billy, Michelle we are sorry to hear your loss. Bow hunting bought us together in the 80's and brought you all to England to hunt with us to...Read More »
21 of 33 | Posted by: Jan Andrews & Ken Duff - OH

“One of my closest friends I have to day is because of the relationship I had with Knight Rifles, Tony you will be missed by many and I will always...Read More »
22 of 33 | Posted by: Brady Kolden - Hauser, ID

“Rose and family, so sorry to hear of your loss, we would like to be there for you but Richards' health is not good at this point. I remember all of...Read More »
23 of 33 | Posted by: Richard & Carol Western - MO

“Tony had such a great smile and a wonderful laugh! He had so many funny stories, lots of them about hunting and fishing, of course. We are so sorry...Read More »
24 of 33 | Posted by: The Missouri Joneses - MO

“We send our condolences and prayers to the entire knight family. He was an icon in the firearm community. ”
25 of 33 | Posted by: Bearfoot Knives & Gun - bell, FL

“I spent some of the best years of my life working at Knight Rifles. Tony always treated me well and we shared some wonderful times together I will...Read More »
26 of 33 | Posted by: Drew Herbst - Davenport, IA

“Sorry for your loss. From someone who loves muzzleloader hunting in Tennessee ”
27 of 33 | Posted by: Lyle Krahn

“Tony was not only the pioneer of muzzleloader hunting he was a man with a big heart.He will truly be missed but never forgotten.I am proud to call...Read More »
28 of 33 | Posted by: Jackie Bushman - Montgomeryl, AL

“So sorry for your loss! Jim Hill and I knew Tony through the Governors' Deer Opener he would help host and worked with Bill on a business venture. He...Read More »
29 of 33 | Posted by: Scott Grieve - Excelsior, MN

“I have never met a better Man than Tony.Tony always had a great since of humor and love for his family and friends.Tony and Rose shared their home...Read More »
30 of 33 | Posted by: Rick LD Wayne - Hunting Friend

“I will always cherish the early days of modern in-line muzzleloading, back when Tony and I ran the hills and hollers of northern Missouri in pursuit...Read More »
31 of 33 | Posted by: Toby Bridges - Missoula, MT

“Rose,Billy and the Knight Family our deepest sympathy goes out to you all. Tony was such a joy to see at church. Always came in with a smile on his...Read More »
32 of 33 | Posted by: Francis, Tammie & Madison clupny - IA

“I am so sorry for your loss. Tom and I always enjoyed talking to Tony. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. ”
33 of 33 | Posted by: Janet Demry - Centerville, IA


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William Anthony "Tony" Knight, 67, of Plano, Iowa passed away Monday, March 18, 2013 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

Tony was born in Kirksville, Missouri to William Thomas "Tom" & Martha "Ruth" (Martin) Knight on December 21, 1945. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during the Vietnam War. Tony married Rose Wright on September 17, 1967 in Queen City, Missouri.

In 1985, Tony invented and went on to patent and manufacture his modernized version of the muzzleloader, known world-wide as the Knight Rifle. This endeavor would eventually earn him distinction as "the father of in-line muzzleloading".

Tony is survived by his wife; Rose Knight of Plano, two children: Bill (Cyndee) Knight of Centerville, Michelle (Patrick) Robinson of Pella, four grandchildren, who were his greatest joy: Anthony, Grace and Gavin Knight of Centerville, Jack Robinson of Pella, brother; John (Patty) Knight of East Peoria, Illinois, sister; Bea (Jim) Hamilton of Kirksville, Missouri and many nieces, nephews, and extended family members. Tony was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral service will be 9:30 a.m., Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Thomas Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Weller officiating. Interment will be in Martinstown Cemetery in Martinstown, Missouri. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m., Friday, March 22, 2013 at Thomas Funeral Home. Memorials may be given to the Appanoose County Conservation Foundation, which may be left or mailed to Thomas Funeral Home – 23548 Hwy 5 – PO Box 125 – Centerville, IA 52544. Condolences and video may be shared at www.thomasfh.com.

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