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Richard S Knilans

Richard S Knilans, age 91, of Harbor Hills, passed away April 20, 2015, at his residence. He was born and raised in Columbus, the son of Alfred Sidney and Bernice (Meyers) Knilans. Dick was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Patricia Kramer; and brother, Michael J. Knilans.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Lorna; son, Randy (Patty) Knilans; daughter, Kyle Knilans; his grandchildren, Rebecca (Jack) Gilchrist and Bradley Knilans; great grandchildren, Keegan and Liam Gilchrist; sister, Barbara Wetzel; and many special nieces and nephews.

Dick was a graduate of the Columbus Public Schools, attended Capital University and graduated from The Ohio State University in 1949. He was a proud veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps #392 Bomber group, Wendling Air Base, Norfolk, England.

Dick spent 40 years in the insurance industry. He was a longtime member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon and on the Board of Trustees.

He enjoyed home remodeling, woodworking, his automobiles, music and shooting a hole-in-one in the many years of golfing.

He was privileged to attend Honor Flight in 2012.

The family would like to thank Dick’s caregivers, Tammy and Whitney; the thoughtful neighbors at Harbor Hills; and close friends, Tom and Marty.

If desired, memorials can be made in Dick’s memory to: Honor Flight Columbus, PO Box 12036, Columbus, Ohio 43212 or Foundation for Hospice of Central Ohio, PO Box 430, Newark, Ohio 43058.

Dick lived by the philosophy: “Organization is the Key to Success”

Friends may call on Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 5 until 8:00 p.m. at the Kirkersville home of Hoskinson Funeral & Cremation Service, where funeral services celebrating his life will be held on at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 24, 2015. Burial will follow at Glen Rest Memorial Estates. An on-line guest register and video tribute honoring Dick’s life are available at

Hoskinson Funeral & Cremation Service is honored to care for Dick’s family.

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