Charles "Steve" Knight

June 5, 1949December 4, 2012
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CHARLES STEPHEN "STEVE" KNIGHT, 63 years of age, of New Albany, IN was called home by his Lord and Savior on December 4, 2012 while at home with his family. Steve was employed by the Floyd County Sheriff Department for 37 years. He served on the Floyd County Police Department for 32 years in many positions including shift commander and chief. He was the department’s domestic violence instructor and member of the Floyd County Metro SWAT Team, where he served as Assistant SWAT Commander and most recently Crisis Negotiations Team leader. Upon retiring from his police duties in 2005, he was appointed Floyd County Jail Commander. Prior to beginning his life-long service to his community, Steve served his country in the United States Marine Corps. from 1967 – 1972, where he earned many distinguished honors including two purple hearts. He was a combat veteran of the Viet Nam War. Steve was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Frank C. Denzinger Lodge #171, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3281 and Masonic Temple Lodge #39. He was a member of St. John’s Presbyterian Church in New Albany. Steve will be remembered as a true warrior in his fight against cancer, but above all, he was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard J. Knight and Goldie M. Drake Knight.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Linda Hurst Knight, his daughter, Sherri Knight and her husband Tim, his son Todd Knight and his wife Karen and 3 grandchildren, Lexi, Zachary and Sean. He also leaves a brother Ray Knight and his wife Carol.

Visitation will be from 12:00 pm ~ 8:00 pm Friday, December 7th and after 8:00 am Saturday, December 8th at Kraft Funeral Service, 708 E. Spring Street, New Albany, Indiana. His funeral service will be Noon Saturday, December 8th at the Kraft Chapel with entombment to follow in Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park in New Albany with military honors. A masonic memorial service will be held 7:00 pm Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may go to Hosparus of Southern Indiana, 624 E. Market St., New Albany, IN 47150.

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  • Visitation Friday, December 7, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 8, 2012
  • Visitation Saturday, December 8, 2012

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January 10, 2013


You will be missed by all who knew you!
It was a pleasure.

Dallas Meyer

Charlie Scott

December 8, 2012

Linda, Sherry, and Todd: you are all in our prayers as you go through this trying time. Know that Steve is now at rest. I'm sorry we were unable to come by for visitation. Charlie & Donna Scott

maria cochran

December 8, 2012

Linda,Sherry and Todd sorry for your loss i enjoyed working Steve and he will be missed but never forgotten

Don Beaver

December 8, 2012

While living across from the family for 14 years Steve and Linda became true friends. I will always remember the advice given me by Steve during my strugles. He was a good man and im proud to have called him friend!

Brad and Debbie Farrell

December 7, 2012

Our prayers go out to your family during this time. May God's grace and comfort be upon you.

Ruben Borrego

December 6, 2012

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Knight family. I love you all


December 6, 2012


December 6, 2012

Sorry to hear about Steve. Our condolences to the family.
Monica and Gary Read

Gary Martin

December 6, 2012

Tamy and I share in your loss and will continue to keep your family in our prayers. Steve tought me a lot about being a Law Enforcment Officer. He was not only my Sergeant he was my mentor, friend and Masonic Brother. A true hero who stood the thin line between good and evil, between order and chaos. He will be greatly missed.

Dennis Asher

December 6, 2012

Steve was a great person, family man, police officer and mentor to many of us. He will be sorely missed. Linda, Sherry, Todd and the rest of his family are in our thoughts and prayers.