Richard Knee |

Richard Knee

No services are planned for Richard (Dick) Moreland Knee who passed away Feb. 3 in Davis. He was 92.

Mr. Knee was born Oct. 27, 1914, to Fred C. and Gertrude A. Moreland Knee in Colesburg, Iowa. Mr. Knee’s early life was spent in Colesburg and Olwein, Iowa. In 1932, he graduated from Olwein High School and enlisted in the Navy in which he served from 1932-1936.

During his Navy service, Mr. Knee met his future wife, Amber Kravig, in Long Beach. After he was released form the Navy, he returned to Olwein and worked for the Chicago Great Western Rail Road. On Feb. 11, 1937, Mr. Knee married Amber and the couple moved to Vallejo where he worked at Mare Island Navel Shipyard. The couple’s son, Rick, was born in 1942.

Mr. Knee and his wife moved to Nevada City where they became business owners and involved in the community. Mr. Knee was a member of the Elk Lodge #518 and the Sierra Foothill Radio Control Flyers Club. He loved to build and fly model airplanes, which just kept getting bigger. Eventually, he started restoring full-size airplanes and pursued his love of flying. He also climbed aboard Amtrak and toured the United States.

Mr. Knee is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Carla of Davis; grandson and wife, Rich and Desma Knee of Woodland; sister, Jene Wehrly of Baton Rouge, La.; brother, James C. Knee of West Des Moines, Iowa; and great-grandchildren, Vivian and Eli of Woodland. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Amber.

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