Roger Wayne Knott, age 83, of Lake Placid, Florida, formerly of Exline, Iowa, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2018 at Kenilworth Care and Rehabilitation Center in Sebring, Florida.
Roger was born on November 6, 1934, the son of Robert and Grace (Adams) Knott, in the Caldwell Township in Appanoose County, south of Exline. He attended Rural schools, and graduated from Centerville High School. He was a member of the Zoar Methodist Church in Exline. Roger lived and worked on the farm south east of Exline, until he was drafted into the United States Army on June 4, 1957. Roger served his country faithfully for two years, before being honorably discharged on June 3, 1959. He later joined the United States Army Reserves, and served for four more years.
Roger worked a short time at Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids, where he met his soon to be wife, Ruth Cottrell. They were united in marriage on August 26, 1961. Together, they moved to Rockford, Illinois. Roger was employed at Greenlee Tool Company in Rockford. He took night classes, and became an electric engineer, and worked there for over 20 years until his retirement. The couple spent their vacations traveling all over the south, to find somewhere they wanted to live, settling in Okeechobee County, Florida in 1984. Roger went to work for Scotty's Lumberyard and Ruth worked part time at a convenience store until she passed away on May 17, 1990. After Ruth passed away, Roger moved to Lake Placid, Florida, where he lived until his passing. Roger will be missed by all that loved him.
Roger is survived by his sister, Berta Lee Eddy; his brother, Kermit Karl Knott (Sandra); as well as numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth A. Knott; his parents, Robert and Grace Knott; two brothers, Kenneth Gene Knott, and Robert Dwain Knott; one sister, Daunita Elaine White Ash; and a step son, Gerald "Butch" Meinke.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00PM, Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville with Pastor Shurmaine McAlpine officiating. Burial will follow in the Zoar Cemetery, south of Exline, Iowa. A visitation will take place on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Lange Funeral Home in Centerville, with family greeting friends from 1-2PM. Memorials have been established to the Zoar Methodist Church, and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home, 1900 South 18th Street, Centerville, Iowa 52544. Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.