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Major Richard Knowlton (US Army)
September 28, 2018
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Richard H. Knowlton - son, father, friend and patriot died peacefully in his sleep Friday September 28, 2018 at his home surrounded by pictures and memories of all those who were dear to him in his life. He was 82.
Known affectionately to friends as "Major Dick", Dick served 20 years in the Army and 4 years in the NY Guard, attaining the rank of Major. He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans and a member of the American Legion Post 1645 in Binghamton.
He was a Registered Nurse and worked at the Binghamton Psychiatric Center for 38 years before retiring to enjoy life as it was meant to be - spending time with his friends.
Dick had a deep thirst for knowledge - and for beer. He satisfied the former by constantly reading newspapers, magazines and books and the latter by spending time daily with his many friends at Dundee's Tavern on E. Catherine Street in Binghamton.
He truly was a people person and made friends easily and was always ready to extend a helping hand to anyone in need.
In his younger days he enjoyed rollerskating, skiing and golf. He had a passion for vintage automobiles and was the proud owner of a Ford Fairlane Skyliner and was a member of the international Ford Retractable Hardtop Club.
He is survived by his two sons and one daughter-in-law, Todd and Eufemia (Fame) Knowlton of Port Charlotte, FL and Mark Knowlton of Chenango Forks, one granddaughter Shannon Rafferty, two great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends, including his lifelong friend Richard Howe.
He was predeceased by his former wife and mother of his children, Shirley Knowlton, a sister Peggy Schulteis and brother Paul Knowlton.
A memorial service with military honors will be held at 6:00 pm Thursday at the Hopler & Eschbach Funeral Home, 483 Chenango St. Binghamton. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. Friends will gather afterwards at Dundee's Tavern to enjoy a toast in his memory.
In lieu of flowers please honor Major Dick's memory by making a donation to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) at DAV.ORG in his name and also by extending a hand in friendship to those around you who need a friend.
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