Wayne Clinton Knight

September 11, 1947February 13, 2021

On February 13, 2021, our beloved Wayne went home to be with the Lord Jesus. Wayne will be dearly missed by his family and friends. He was born on September 11, 1947 in Japan to Russell Jr. and Phyllis Knight.

Wayne spent four years in the United States Air Force. His working career was at Ragu Foods, in Merced. He was a member of Jubilee Covenant Church. He was a Christian man who loved God first and also loved his family dearly. He enjoyed hunting, golfing and fishing.

Wayne is survived by his beloved wife Rosie Knight; his children, Kelsa (Ernie) Freitas of Yreka, CA, Robert Campos Jr. of Merced and Denise (Frankie) Rodriquez of Merced; his brother Russell (Carol) Knight III of San Pedro, CA. Also surviving Wayne are 4 grandsons, 1 granddaughter and 9 great grandchildren.

Wayne is preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Andrew Knight.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Wayne on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Jubilee Covenant Church located at 557 E. North Bear Creek Dr., Merced, CA. The service will be officiated by Pastor Kennett Hogan.

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  • Rosalinda Knight, Wife


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Shirl Kemps

February 28, 2021

My sister Mickey said most of why he was so special but one thing I would Like to add is how he took me and my two kids in when returning back to Merced. Someone has helped me on my steps to becoming the person I am today and WAYNE was so gracious to be one of those people. Love you and you will be remembered for the fabulous person you are. Wayne❤️

Peter Friesen

February 25, 2021

I’m so sad to hear of Wayne’s passing. I know he’s with his Savior, and other loved ones who have gone on before, and I take joy in that. Still, for now, I miss you, my friend.
I always knew Wayne had my best interests at heart, a good friend, he felt like an older brother I could always count on. I enjoyed talking about things we had in common. His easy laugh lifted my spirits so many times.
I wish I could tell him once again how much I’ve appreciated him. That’ll have to wait until I see him again, when there’s no sorrow, pain or weeping, and we can sing and laugh together forever.
I thank God our paths crossed.

Carol Knight

February 22, 2021

We are so saddened by the passing of brother, uncle, brother in law, and friend. Kyle and Neil were always happy when Uncle Wayne visited. Our family shared happy times and sad times with Wayne and Rosie. We will miss his good nature and happy laugh. Peace to Wayne and love to his family

Russell Knight

February 22, 2021

Wayne and I spent the the first 18 or 19 years sharing the same bedroom, that creates a special bond over time. Siblings are the ones who teaches us the real meaning of life. They know our secrets, understand our feelings, read our minds, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that they are our reflection. The bond between two brothers is the base on which childhood memories will rest on. When I look back at the times I spent with Wayne, I feel a deep connection like no other.

I cherish each and every single one of our memories. I can’t help but smile thinking about the happy memories that we have together, family road trips (the two of us in the back seat), backyard adventures, amusement park trips, fort building, tree climbing, swimming. You are always right beside me in my best memories. You and I could talk about things that happened over 70 years ago. That was marvelous.

The photo of us with Wayne in the wagon, was taken in 1949, I came across it just recently by accident. I sent a copy to Wayne and we were texting about it when he said “Russ I can’t text anymore, I don’t feel good.” This might be the last photo he ever saw.

I will make a copy of the photo, put it in a frame and hang it in my office.

Thank you for being the best brother and a best friend to me, I will miss our long phone calls.

Mickey Arancibia

February 19, 2021

Wayne, you will be missed. Take care of Mom and Dad; I know you and Dad are probably golfing and winning! You became a friend from the first day we met in 1975. How the years flew by. I was always so happy for you when you and Rosie became a couple and eventually married. You became a very happy man and that was wonderful to witness. I treasure all our years of friendship and also loved your friendship with my Dad. You always checked in on him, even when he could no longer golf or hang out with you and have coffee, and that was a true wonderful friend. I am so sorry for your loss Rosie, and hope your memories of him will be of great comfort to you. Rest In Peace Wayne.

Frances Zeiders

February 19, 2021

I had the pleasure of working with Wayne many years ago at Ragu Foods.
He was always very kind and considerate to his coworkers.
My condolences to his family.
May he rest in peace.