Paul  McKnight


A time of celebrating and remembering the life of Paul Appleby McKnight will be 2:00 p.m., today, February 6, 2019 in the chapel at DeLozier Funeral Service, Chelsea. Burial will follow, with military honors, at Woodlawn Cemetery in Claremore. Paul passed away on Saturday, February 2, 2019 in Tulsa. He was 96.
Born in Neodesha, Kansas on May 23, 1922 to Paul A. Sr. and Minnie M. (Riggs) McKnight, Paul was named after his father. Their middle name was the name of the preacher that married Paul's grandparents. He was raised and educated in Drumright and graduated from Drumright High School with the Class of 1940. During his school days, Paul was involved in boy scouts, working his way up to an Eagle Scout and receiving the highest award given, the Bronze Palm Award.
In May of 1944, Paul enlisted in the United States Navy. He served as a signalman on the SS St. George in the Pacific. The St. George was a seaplane tender, charged with repairing and refueling sea planes off the coast of Japan. Paul and his crew went through two typhoons and were hit by a kamikaze plane near the end of the war. Receiving his honorable discharge in January of 1946, Paul returned to the United States and began his work career as a draftsman at Sinclair. While there Paul met the love of his life, Sue Tacker. They married on October 11, 1958 in Claremore, OK at the Presbyterian Church. This union was gifted with two children, Lisa and Brendan.
A man that put the needs of his wife and children before his own, anything Paul did, he did it to the best of his ability. Providing for his family was always Paul's priority. While at Sinclair he learned a new data processing system and remained in that profession for the rest of his working career. He worked 18 years at Sinclair, two years at Williams, before retiring in 1986 from Seismograph Service Corporation.
Family gatherings were one thing that Paul loved especially if there were sweets involved. He and wife Sue would host the family Fourth of July celebration. Paul could be counted on to make the homemade peach ice cream from the fresh peaches off the trees in their front yard. He enjoyed the seasonal burns on the farm, because once again, it was a time the whole family was together. Not to mention it included a wiener roast, marshmallows, and root beer. His children said his favorite meals included cheeseburgers from Claude's on Peoria, chocolate shakes from Braums, Dr. Pepper, and Russell Stover Candy especially the nut, chews, and crisp varieties. Referred to by his family as a reluctant traveler, Paul would travel with wife Sue just because of the enjoyment it brought her.
In later life when grandchildren, Gillian and Gavin, came along many would say "Grandpa" became his favorite word. Paul and Sue loved watching them two or three times a week in their home. They were their biggest fans and actively involved in all their school and sport activities. When it came to spoiling the grandkids, they both enjoyed it. Mini bikes, go carts, gators, all for the grandchildren but according to Paul it made the work on the farm easier.
Paul's legacy will live on in the lives of his children, grandchildren, and all whose lives he touched. Paul is preceded in death by his wife Sue, daughter, Melinda, and sister, Marye Skidmore.
In Lieu of flowers or other condolences please consider making a donation in Paul's name to the Disabled American Veterans in Tulsa at 3131 E. Pine St. Tulsa, OK 74110.
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