Davison-Fulton/Bartonville Chapel

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Leo Lester "Pork" Knott

January 17, 1941September 2, 2020

Glasford – Leo Lester “Pork” Knott, Jr., 79, of Glasford, formerly of Peoria, passed away at 9:53 p.m. Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on January 17, 1941 in Peoria, a son of Leo Lester Sr. and Ethel M. (Brooks) Knott. Leo married Diana Lowery on April 30, 1961 in Peoria. She survives.

He is also survived by his four children, Brian Knott, Annette (Bob) Zessin, Willie (Kristi) Knott, and Michelle (Tracy) Ledbetter, all of Glasford; 11 grandchildren, Erik (Lindsey) Knott, Kristie (Jake) Payton, Traci Knott, Katrina (Justin) Hicke, Toshia (Vic) Albright, Amanda (Jacob) Renfroe, Joey Knott, Sarah Knott, Jeremy Knott, Dakota Smith, and Zachary Smith; two brother-in-laws, Larry Lowery and Ronald Robbins, Sr.; nine great-grandchildren, Klayton and Emery Knott, Milo and Maci Payton, Kaitlyn and Mason Hicke, and Anna, Drew, and Elizabeth Albright; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Elizabeth (Clarence “Tiny”) Marvin and Patricia Robbins; brother-in-law, Dave Lowery; niece, Cynthia Marvin; and one great-granddaughter, Mara Mae Payton.

Leo worked as the facilities maintenance manager for the City of Peoria, retiring in 1998. He previously had worked for Keystone Steel and Wire in Bartonville.

He was a member of the Glasford Optimist Club and IBEW Local #51.

Leo's funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 5, 2020 at the Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 4, 2020, also at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.


  • Visitation

    Friday, September 4, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, September 5, 2020

  • Burial

    Saturday, September 5, 2020


Leo Lester "Pork" Knott

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Kellie Otterstedt

September 22, 2020

I was very sad to read the passing of Leo. I was one of his caretakers when he was in the hospital in Pittsfield. Leo was so full of love for his whole family & shared many wonderful memories of all of you. It was a great pleasure for me to take care of Leo and he touched my heart with his love of his family. My heartfelt condolences and prayers to all of you in this sad time .

Kellie Illini Community Hospital

Steve Burdett

September 5, 2020

So sad to hear the news. I know what ya'll are going through. I still have a hard time knowing dad is not there. But God calls us all back to him, to a better place. Our prays will be with you, Aunt Dian, Brian, Annette, Willie and Michelle,(Mickey). love you all.

Steve, Marie and Michelle

Josh and Lyndi Hicke

September 4, 2020

We are very sorry for the loss of your husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. We are praying for your entire family during your time of grief. Sending our love to all of you.

connie colvin

September 4, 2020

Willie, Diana and family. It's with heartfelt sadness that I heard of Leo's passing. Leo and I worked at the City together and became good friends. I was thrilled when I learned that Willie and my niece were to be married and your family would be part of my family. May God bless and keep you and the family during your time of sorrow. Leo was a great man and will be missed.


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