Robert Paul Knight

02/04/1935 — 04/05/2021

From Richland, WA | Born in Spokane, WA

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Robert Paul Knight

Bob was born on February 4th, 1935 in Spokane Washington to Clarence and Nellie Knight. He graduated from Roger High School and attended Kinman Business college. Bob married his high school sweetheart Bernice (Bea Byers) in 1955, and they enjoyed fifty-six wonderful years together.

Bob began his public transportation career in Spokane City Lines in 1959. In 1966, as Chief Supervisor of Operations, he transferred to Yakima to start and manage a new transit system for the city which began operations on October 3rd, 1966. In 1967 he, along with other transit managers, throughout the state, formed the Washington State Transit Association. Bob served as association president for two terms. He also worked for a short time for the West Valley School District in Yakima in charge of their transportation system.

In 1981, He was hired by Benton Franklin Transit to start up the new system. When services began on May 10th, 1982, his role was to head the Operations and Maintenance departments. He held other management positions prior to retiring in 2000. Bob was also involved in volunteer work.

He is survived by he and Bea’s daughter Roberta and Son-in-law Richard (Rick) Frank; Grandsons Jason Knight and Michael Price (Carrie); Great-Grandchildren Brooke, Tayler, and Jenna Price; sister Donna Henshaw.

Bob enjoyed being with family, friends, and pets. He always looked forward to being in in the mountains camping, hunting and fishing, and later in life he enjoyed golfing.

He is preceded in death by His Beloved wife Bea, daughter Ann, and grandson Kristopher.

At his request, there will be no memorial service. His family would like to extend their thanks to Chaplaincy Hospice Care.



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  • I owe my life to my grandfather. He taught. me to respect nature and the rest of the natural world. He was a noble yet modest man of few words and the highest integrity. I don’t believe the man missed a single day of work in his entire life. He is a dying breed and society is worse off without him and other men and women of his standard. Men and women of his time and culture shaped the world we live today and the people of his character should hold no apologies.

    Jason Knight
    May 8, 2021
    San Francisco
  • With Love

    Sylvia J Gates
    April 10, 2021