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Robert E Knight

Birth Date: December 5, 1960
Death Date: April 14, 2018

Robert Eugene Knight, 57, of Pana, formerly of Decatur, passed away Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Springfield Memorial Medical Center, with his family by his side.

Robert was born December 5, 1960, in Decatur, IL to Jackie Paul and Elizabeth Ann (Meece) Knight, Sr. He married Tina Marie Ackelson on September 23, 1981, in Decatur, IL. She passed away September 10, 2017. Robert loved playing softball, Busch League Pool, riding his Harley and there wasn’t a Chicago Cubs baseball game missed.

He is survived by his daughter, Tabitha (David Richardson) Knight of Illiopolis, IL; son, Jeremy (Rachel) Knight of Summerville, SC; three grandchildren, Rylan and Kynlee Knight, and soon to be baby, Ian Richardson; his mother, Elizabeth Lash of Benton, IL; four brothers, Jackie Paul (SukCha) Knight, Jr. of Jacksonville, AR, Channing (Carla) Knight of Decatur, IL, Edwin (Sheryl) Knight of West City, IL and Eric Marten of Vienna, IL.

He was preceded in death by his father and his wife.

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Robert Knight will be 11 a.m. Friday, April 20, 2018, at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, before the service, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, IL. Memorials may be directed to the American Lung Association.

The family of Robert Knight is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

Funeral Service
April 20, 2018
11:00 am
Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL 62526
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April 20, 2018
10:00 am
- 11:00 am
Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. My number 2 son, you will be so missed , each and every day. Our circle is now broken until be finish our journeys. I still will love you until my last breathe. Rest in Peace until we will once again be together. BUT YOU WILL ALWAYS BE WITH US. YOU ARE A CONTINUIOUS PIECE OF ALL OUR HEARTS.

  2. It’s impossible to share just a memory of Robert aka BeBo to me! He’s my twin at heart. My nephew by birth – just 5 short months younger than I. As kids we were together often as my sister watched me while Mom worked. As teenagers we ran around pranking neighbors and of course I was always checking out his friends as potential ‘boy’ friends. BUT..Robert & Jack ran the boys off the minute they told them I was their ‘Aunt’! &then as adults we spent time together when Life and responsibilities allowed us to get together. We talked on a regular basis and I’m so thankful that we had a nice long chat on the 12th. At this point I cannot wrap my mind around the fact that I won’t see him again until eternity. :’(

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