December 10, 2013


Warren Harding Knight, 93, of Carroll, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at his home.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at First Presbyterian Church in Carroll with the Rev. Rikki Sorensen officiating.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll. The casket will be moved to the church at 9 a.m. Thursday when visitation will resume. Organist for the service will be Ellen Severin, and soloist will be Michelle Caltrider singing "Old Rugged Cross" and "Amazing Grace." Casket bearers will be Duane Hoover, Dean Hoover, Ned Johnston, Larry Sporrer, Deloss Davis and Pat O'Donnell. Burial will be in Merle Hay Memorial Cemetery near Glidden with military honors by Maurice Dunn Post of the Carroll American Legion. Online condolences may be left for Warren's family

Born Nov. 14, 1920, at Carrollton, Iowa, he was the son of Roy B. and Maryetta (Davis) Knight. He grew up in Carrollton until his father passed away when Warren was 14 years old. The family then moved to Carroll where he graduated from Carroll High School. Warren enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served four years stationed in many places during World War II. Following his military service he lived in Jefferson where he worked as an auto mechanic.

He married Lillian Temple on Feb. 22, 1947, at Boone, Iowa. In 1950 the couple moved to Carroll where he was employed by Hannasch Motors for several years before starting his own business, Knight Body Shop. He operated the shop until his retirement.

Warren was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Carroll, and he was a member of the Carroll American Legion for 68 years. He loved to spend time playing cards with his many friends, fishing, hunting, ballroom dancing with Lillian and partying at what later became the Southside Country Club.

Warren is survived by three daughters: Connie Fontanini of Carroll, Deb Hargens and her husband Jerry of Glidden, and Paula Knight of Shawnee, Okla.; six grandchildren: Bobby Fontanini (Jennifer Clark) of Round Rock, Texas, Todd Fontanini and his wife Ronica of Apex, N.C., Holly Anthofer and her husband Mark of Coon Rapids, Scott Hargens of Waukee, Iowa, Rachel Benetiz and her husband Michael of Victoria, Texas, and Katie Hennessey (Jon Woodland) of Clark, S.D.; eight great-grandchildren: Jeffrey, Ashtyn, Isabella, Sophia, Cody, Nick, Hunter and Alayna; a sister, Eileen Hoover of Carroll; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Warren was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lillian, in 2010; two sisters, Lucille Carson and Mildred Smith; and a nephew Jim Carson.