Richard Champlin Knight
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – Richard C. Knight, 75, of Broadway in Franklin Township, NJ, passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at his home.
Richard was born to parents Franklin and Martha (Sigrist) Knight on December 20, 1939 in Elizabeth, NJ, the eldest of four children. The family eventually moved to Hunterdon County, where Richard began his lifelong interest and success designing, building or repairing just about anything. Richard married Peggy Sue von Webern in 1963 and the couple had three children, calling Montana Mountain in Warren County home for the past 41 years. Richard earned a Civil Engineering degree from NJIT and put his mark on large projects in New Jersey and New York, including serving as project engineer for the Justice Vincent S. Haneman Memorial Bridge, constructed in 1972, the only way on and off Brigantine Island. Richard was also instrumental in the 325 acre expansion of Newark Airport, foreman for multiple bridges and overpasses on Interstate 78; groundwork for the Meadowlands Sports Complex and work on the Holland Tunnel for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Richard enjoyed applying his ingenuity and engineering talents on many projects around the farm he shared with Peggy Sue, or simply helping friends, neighbors, family or anyone who had a need.
In addition to Peggy Sue, his beloved wife of 52 years, Richard is survived by his brother Walter Knight and his wife, Lois, of St. Johnsbury, VT; sister Peggy Coleman and her husband Wayne, of Calais, ME; daughter Rebecca Dunn and her husband, Michael, of New Hartford, CT; daughter Rachel Knight of Phillipsburg, NJ; daughter Sarah Knight and her husband David Crisi of Holland Township, NJ; and four grandchildren Emily, Patrick, Virginia and Hannah.
A celebration of Richard’s life will be held on Thursday, July 30, 2015 beginning with visitation at 10 AM followed by a memorial service at 11AM at the Johnson-Walton Funeral Home, 24 Church Road, Holland Township, NJ.
Memorial contributions may be made to the New Jersey Audubon Society, 9 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville, New Jersey 07924.