Eric Paul Knight, age 74 of Elkhart, passed away Sept. 25, 2019 at Elkhart General Hospital. Eric was born Dec. 22, 1944 in Elkhart, Indiana to the late Paul Charles and Iva Elizabeth (Eby) Knight. He was a graduate of Jimtown High School, class of 1963. Eric was an entrepreneur and owned and operated Knight’s Mower and Kart for over 15 years. Later, he spent more than 20 years helping the Amish community with their transportation needs, driving their families to events whenever needed.
Surviving are his sons, Jeffrey (Tammie) Knight of Elkhart, Brandon (Bethany) Knight of Bloomington, Indiana, and Dustin Knight of Elkhart. Also surviving is his longtime companion Brenda Smothers of Elkhart, and his siblings Stephen (Susan) Knight of Goshen, Valerie (Jerry) Williams of Elkhart, Rex (Penny) Knight of Edwardsburg, MI, Randy Knight of Bremen, IN, and Cynthia (Gary) Prusinski of Elkhart. Surviving as well is the mother of his children Trudie Knight of Elkhart and his grandchildren Bryce, Ian, Ethan, Samuel, and Hannah Knight.
Visitation will be held 2 hours prior to the 4:00 pm funeral service on Monday, September 30, 2019 at Cruz Family Funeral Home in Osceola. Interment will follow at a later time in Olive Cemetery, Elkhart, Indiana.
Eric enjoyed drag racing at tracks throughout the Midwest and was a mechanic and driver for several years in the annual Elkhart Go-Kart races. He loved music and played the bass guitar and drums. He was a man of faith, and a “servant follower,” doing God’s work when called to do so and doing it obediently.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jimtown High School, c/o Baugo Community Schools, 29125 CR 22, Elkhart, IN 46517. To view Eric’s online video tribute or leave a condolence for his family, please follow the links provided on the Tribute Wall tab above.