In Memory of Susan G. McKnight

Susan G. McKnight
Susan G. McKnight
Born: February 5, 1935
Died: April 4, 2020
Age: 85
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Susan G. McKnight
February 5, 1935 - April 4, 2020
From: Littleton, CO | Originally: Early, IA

Susan G. McKnight, age 85, of Littleton, Colorado (formerly of Early, Iowa), passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2020, at the Littleton Adventist Hospital in Littleton, Colorado.

Due to state and federal mandated guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a Private Family Graveside Service will be held in the Wall Lake Cemetery of Wall Lake, Iowa, with Pastor Nancy Peterson officiating. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online

Susan G. (Salie) McKnight, 85, passed away in Littleton, Colorado on April 4, 2020.  She was born at home in Storm Lake, Iowa.  Her parents, Duane and Madge, were partners for many years in the Buntrock-Salie photography studio in Storm Lake. 

Sue played the bassoon in the marching band at Storm Lake High School.  While attending the University of Iowa, where she was a member of the Tri-Delta sorority and joined the 100 strong Scottish Highlander all-girl bagpipe marching band, she met her husband, James D. McKnight of Ida Grove, Iowa. They married in Pensacola, Florida in 1956, the day he graduated from U.S. Navy Aviation Officer Training School.  

Over the next 26 years of naval life, they lived all over the continental United States as well as Hawaii and Iceland.  She retired with her husband to the family's (Irwin centennial) farm on M-50. There, she worked at the Early News newspaper and was active in PEO and was an officer in United Methodist Women. 

In 2003, Sue and Jim moved to Colorado to be close to family and the mountains they loved.  She always made it back to her Iowa reunions whenever she could and loved to keep up with her many friends and family in Iowa and throughout the world. Sue loved to travel and over her lifetime saw much of the world.  

She is survived by her 3 sons (and their wives), Jim (Karen) of Lakewood, CO, John (Lori) of Littleton, CO and Will (Karen) of St. Louis, MO; her brother, Jim Salie of Reno, NV; 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren who will all miss her greatly.


Private Family Graveside


Pastor Nancy Peterson


Wall Lake Cemetery
Wall Lake, Iowa


Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 3:33 PM
“AS A "NEW" PEO sister, I was just getting to know Sue. She had such a beautiful smile, I will miss it. I'm sorry for your loss.”
- Mary Jane Koerner
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 2:05 PM
“Sue always lit up a room with her wonderful laugh and welcoming smile. P.E.O. Chapter FB has lost a beautiful sister. Sue had such enthusiasm for life and a passion for her many interests. I will miss Sue, but I am so fortunate to have known her. My sympathy goes out to her family who I know will be grieving their loss. God bless.”
- Cathy Conley
Monday, April 20, 2020 at 9:47 AM
“I have only been a member of our P.E.O. chapter here in Colorado for about 2 years, however I remember how sweet Sue was and her wonderful presentations. I
enjoyed reading about her life in this obituary. I was so saddened to hear of her passing. My prayers and thoughts are with her family during this time. ”
- Cynda Eichhorn
Monday, April 20, 2020 at 9:47 AM
“I met Sue when I joined P.E.O. five years ago. She was so warm and welcoming when I joined the Chapter. She had a beautiful smile and I loved the programs she presented. She will be missed. My deepest sympathy to Sue’s family.
Dianna Lyons ”
- Dianna Lyons
Monday, April 20, 2020 at 9:46 AM
“met Susan as a regular customer at Nelsons Premix and Vet Supply as she bought her cat supplies etc. from us. Always enjoyed her company and remember when she left and moved away. Very nice lady and hubs.”
- steven Frank
Friday, April 17, 2020 at 3:11 PM
“So sorry to learn of Sue’s passing. She will be missed as a loving member of our PEO chapter. I always enjoyed her informative programs. ”
- Jeanie Shipley
Friday, April 17, 2020 at 3:11 PM
“I am a PEO friend of Sue's and have always enjoyed her active mind, sweet disposition, and friendship. We shall miss her very much as she added greatly to our Chaper. Sara Siegesmund”
- sara siegesmund
Friday, April 17, 2020 at 3:11 PM
“So very sorry to hear of Sue’s passing. I loved Sue’s wonderful laugh and sweet smile. I enjoyed listening to her discuss her love of history and genealogy. She gave many programs for our P.E.O. group and was president of the group when I joined. Sue will be dearly missed. ”
- Karen Petroff
Friday, April 17, 2020 at 3:11 PM
“What a shock to hear of our dear Sue’s passing just now! She was such a sweet and interesting PEO sister for many years and we will all miss her greatly! I send my heartfelt condolences to her three sons and their families… She will be greatly missed by all of us! God Bless you as you grieve her loss!”
- Judith Cunningham
Friday, April 17, 2020 at 3:11 PM
“Sue was a lovely and happy person. We were P.E.O. sisters in Colorado. Our bond of friendship was also strong because we were hope from Iowa and went to the University of Iowa. I will miss Sue.
- Elaine Licko
Friday, April 17, 2020 at 10:09 AM
“I was so sorry to hear about Sues passing. I am a long-time P.E.O. sister of hers. I had been trying to call for several weeks and figured she had gone to stay with relatives during this strange time. I’m sure our Chapter President and others will want to send condolences. Couldld you please email me the best contact info for your family? Thanks. Sue was such a fun, positive person. Just being around her would put a smile on your face. She will be missed. Jennet White”
- Jennet White
Friday, April 17, 2020 at 10:06 AM
“I’m so very sorry for the loss of Sue. She was a treasured sister in our P.E.O. Chapter, FB, of Littleton, Colorado. My deepest condolences to her family. ”
- Deb Blessing
Friday, April 17, 2020 at 10:06 AM
“Sue was a loving sister in Chapter FB Littleton PEO serving as president and a presenter of numerous and delightful programs. She will be truly missed and remembered by all. On behalf of her Chapter I extend sincere condolences and best wishes to her family. H H”
- Helen Hanks
Monday, April 13, 2020 at 2:34 PM
“Our heart-felt sympathy to you all. We will always remember Sue's infectious laugh and optimism, as well as her passion for projects and causes important to her. In her honor and memory, a donation has been provided to the Early IA United Methodist Church for their continued ministry. Easter Blessings, Love and Hugs to you all. Julie Irwin (Rick) Murphy; Mike (Lois) Irwin; David (Becky) Irwin; Mark (Kayley) Irwin; Dan Irwin ”
- Julie Irwin Murphy
Friday, April 10, 2020 at 9:08 AM
“We are sorry to see that Sue passed away. Jim and Sue lived just north of us when we worked for the Stanzel farm. She was one in a million and we feel very fortunate to have had the honor to know her. She gave our boys such wonderful memories and we are lucky God shared her with us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. ”
- David and Cindy Wuebker
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