Kenneth E. Knights

By Orleans Hub Posted 2 June 2021 at 12:02 pm

Kenneth E. Knights, 77, of Knowlesville, entered into rest on Tue., June 1, 2021 at the Martin-Linsin Hospice Residence in Albion following a long battle with Parkinson’s and heart disease.

Born Jan. 21, 1944 in Medina, he was the son of the late Edmund “Ted” and Viola (Morris) Knights. Ken was a proud graduate of Medina High School, Class of 1962, having never missed a class reunion until last year. He married the former Mary Lee Gourd on Aug. 19, 1972 and they began their life together on the family farm.

Ken was a lifelong farmer, owning and operating Kniland Dairy Farms in Knowlesville. In addition to dairy farming, Ken was known for growing and selling GIANT pumpkins in the fall. In his glory days, he could be seen single-handedly loading and unloading 200+ pound pumpkins. Ken was a member of the Medina Jaycee’s, a long-time board member of FSA and on the Agway Advisory Committee. Ken enjoyed a good hand of cards, especially Friday night poker games with friends and belonged to the Tuesday night bowling league in Medina.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Mary Lee Knights of Knowlesville; three children: Chad (Randi) Knights of Va., Laura (Sean) Knights-Riley and Fran (Stuart) Knights-Sabin both of Seattle, Wash.; four grandchildren: Skylar and Emerson Knights, Joseph and Kate Riley; two sisters: Kathryn Knights of Buffalo and Barbara (late Donald) Clark of Medina; and an uncle, Roland (late Alice) Martin of Medina.

Calling hours will be held on Thu., June 3 from 5-8 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. His funeral will be held at the funeral home on Fri., June 4 at 10 a.m. Seating capacity will be at 50% of max capacity. Interment will be in Mt. Albion Cemetery, Albion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Supportive Care of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY 14411 or the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131. Share condolences at