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Jimmie McKnight, 55 - January 23, 2008


Jimmie I. McKnight, 55, of Grand Island, formerly of Cozad, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, at St. Francis Medical Center.
Services were held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Abundant Life Christian Center with the Rev. Steve Warriner officiating.
McKnight was born on Oct. 27, 1952, at Cozad to Elmer Lee and Hazel June (Dishman) McKnight. He grew up in Nebraska and graduated from Grand Island Senior High School in 1971.
He entered the United States Air Force in 1971 and served during the Vietnam War. After 20 years of dedicated service, he was honorably discharged in 1991.
McKnight was united in marriage to Maria Dulay on Feb. 20, 1986, at Angeles City, Pampanga Philippines. The couple resided on the Clark Air Force Base before moving to Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.
Following his discharge, McKnight and his wife moved to Grand Island where he was employed at Swift and Company since 1994.
?He was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed fishing and working on cars, especially his Mustang, according to family members.
?McKnight was preceded in death by: his father, Elmer Lee McKnight; a son, Jim Christian McKnight; nephew, Rocky Riesland.
?Survivors include: his wife, Maria of Grand Island; a daughter, Anna Alarcon of Clovis, New Mexico; four sons and one daughter-in-law—Lee A. McKnight, Darren McKnight and Adrian McKnight, all of Grand Island, and Billy J. (Veronica) Claudio of Lincoln; five grandchildren; his mother, Hazel McKnight of Grand Island; sister and brother-in-law, Beverley (Jimmy) Hammond of Grand Island; his mother-in-law, Gleceria Espina of Grand Island; a niece and great nieces; numerous aunts and uncles.
Memorials are suggested to the family’s choice.

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