Milton Edward Knight

July 29, 1927June 30, 2013
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Milton E. Knight Sr. was born in Detroit on July 29, 1927 to Clara (Idalski) and Thomas Knight. Milton passed away on June 30, 2013. Milton was the beloved husband of Mary (Taddeo). Milton graduated from Farmington High School in 1945 where he was class president and captain of the football team. A star running back, Farmington was undefeated in 1944 in their 6 game schedule. Milt was also a track & field star who held a record for the 100 yard dash at 10.0 seconds flat. During his years at Farmington his classmates nicknamed him “The Hero.” Milt was awarded a football scholarship to Michigan State University, but shortly thereafter was drafted into the Occupation Army and sent to Germany in 1946. Upon his return from military service, Milton married Mary, his high school sweetheart, on May 10, 1947. They recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. In 1948, along with his father, Thomas, Milt proved to be a pioneer in the automotive aftermarket parts business and a leader nationally in sales. Knight’s Auto Supply grew into a three-store enterprise with his three sons and now three of his grandsons. Milton and Mary have seven children, Milt Jr. (Debbie), Joanie Lampert, Laura (Milan Popovich), Victor (Annette), Rock (Doris), Mary Elizabeth (Brian Kelm), and Angela Mecca. They have fifteen grandchildren, Greg, Vincent, Michael, Michelle, Candace, Katy, Bunny, Leann, Matthew, Dominic, Renee, Allison, Thomas, Kristina, Isabella, and seven great-grand children. In addition to his loving family, Milton was a great friend to many and had a passion for life, laughter, and the game of golf. Milt was also a lifelong member of Twin Beach Country Club and a member of the Riverbend Country Club in Jupiter, Florida, as well as a Son of the American Revolution SAR. Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 2, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Union Lake Chapel of the Elton Black & Son Funeral Home, 1233 Union Lake Rd., White Lake. Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. (In State 9:00 a.m.) at the Shrine Chapel of Our Lady of Orchard Lake, 3535 Indian Trail, Orchard Lake. Interment at All Saints Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Vascular Dementia – Alzheimer’s Association, Share a memory online at


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 2, 2013
  • In State Wednesday, July 3, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, July 3, 2013
  • Burial Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Milton Edward Knight

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July 24, 2013

Milt - Sorry that I missed your services, as I was out of town and only yesterday heard about your passing. My condolences to your entire family. You were one of my best and most favored clients, but you were much more than that and I will miss you.

Bruce Seglund (Wixom, MI)

Marian & Eddie Guelfi

July 4, 2013

We met Milt in 2002 when we rented & then bought a condo in Riverbend CountryClub. Milt & my husband became best friends. They would go to the Dog Track every Thurs. Milt would call & say I'm going to Publix tell Ed ill pick him up in 10 min. My husband would do the same thing to Milt. We would go to dinner with Milt & Mary which we always enjoyed. I can't imagine spending the winter in Riverbend without Milt. I could tell so many things that we loved about Milt, but I'm sure his friends & family already know why we loved him.

Marian & Eddie Guelfi

July 4, 2013

We will miss our very good friend Milt. He would call & use a funny voice to ask for donations but we always knew it was him. His jokes, him baking me cookies for our trip from Fl to NY. He was a wonderful friend & we will always feel his loss. All our love to Mary & their family

Gen Bentley

July 3, 2013

Joanie, the many heartwarming stories you have shared about your father have given your friends a sense of his generous, strong, and humorous nature. How very fortunate your mother has been to have had such a wonderful husband and your sibling and you have been to have had such a wonderful father.

ted wilhelm

July 2, 2013

Milt the one thing I always will remember about ya was you always had a joke to tell me,you were a good man we will miss you.


July 2, 2013

Milt Knight you are one of a kind. Even when you were pissed off you still had a smile or a wink. You will live in the hearts of many and your generosity will be never forgotten. May your laughter be remembered forever and may you handle many pairs of "THESE" in your endeavors through the other realms.

July 1, 2013

Milt I remember talking to way back in the 80"s when you and your son's called in auto parts to Motor City in Dearborn You were a friendly guy and even though I remember your voice I will never forget it...R.I.P. Milt ...

Melinda Calme

July 1, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Knight Family. Milt was a wonderful person and part of a very special family.