Gerald (Jerry) Knight
Gerald M. Knight June 7, 1938-April 9, 2021. On Friday April 9,2021, Gerald M. Knight, loving and devoted husband and father of two daughters and grandfather of seven, passed away peacefully at the age of 82. The eldest of four children, Gerald was born June 7, 1938, in Paola, Kansas, to parents Murl and Daisy (Alcorn) Knight. At a young age Gerald and his family moved to Payette, Idaho. He attended Payette High School before joining the Navy in January 1958. He served four years on the U.S. Boxer. After returning to Payette Idaho, he met and married the love of his life Kathleen (Kathy) Barker on August 15, 1963.
While living in Payette he worked for Coca Cola. He delivered bottled Coke to McCall, Idaho. In 1968 Gerald and Kathy moved to Boise, Idaho where he started a new job at the United States Post Office. After serving 45 years at the Post Office, he retired on July 1, 2013. While working at the Post Office he received many awards for excellence in customer service. After retirement he volunteered at the Idaho Veterans Home. He was liked by everyone because of his easy-going personality.
Gerald enjoyed fishing and hunting. He and Kathy would enjoy long Sunday drives together. One of their favorite places to go was Swan Falls. They traveled across the United States attending Square Dance Conventions, visited Washington D.C. and were able to see the tall ships when they were in Baltimore, Maryland. They also visited Dollywood, the Smokey Mountains and toured Elvis’s Graceland. These are just a few of the beautiful places he was able to visit.
Our dad was a kind father. We will never forget all the camping and fishing trips we took as a family. We would travel to Yellowstone in the front seat of daddy’s truck. We were a little cramped, but we did not mind. We will miss the birthday and Father’s Day celebrations. Every time the Kansas City Chiefs play, we will think of him cheering them on. He was the best grandfather any kid could ask for. He attended youth sporting events and band concerts. He was kind and always had a story. He will be missed.
Gerald is survived by his wife of fifty-seven years, Kathy of Boise, ID; children Melita (Scott) Paulik, Lisa (Mark) Bossler; and grandchildren Quinn Bossler, Milo Bossler, Connor Paulik, Alex Bossler, Cole Paulik, Madeline Paulik, Austin Bossler; Brother Mike Knight. He is preceded in death by his parents Murl and Daisy Knight; brother Wes Knight; sister Merlene Knight.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at Bowman Funeral Parlor, 10254 W. Carlton Bay Dr. in Garden City. A committal service with military honors will be held at 2:00 pm, on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, 10100 N. Horseshoe Bend Rd. in Boise.
To watch the service, please visit: https://vimeo.com/537866350
Arrangements are under the direction of Bowman Funeral Parlor of Garden City.
Pete Jackson saysApril 15, 2021 at 9:01 pm
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pete and Freida Jackson
Ann Patrick Vest saysJuly 14, 2021 at 11:13 pm
Kathleen and Family,
I was very sadden to hear of the passing of Gerald. I remember his kindness when I was young visiting out in (Washoe) In Payette. May God continue to be with you all during this difficult time.
Ann Patrick Vest (Annie)