Obituary Notices and Memorials


KNOKEY, Roger C. 91, passed away peacefully in his home in Lancaster, on September 5, 2011. Roger was born in Hoquiam, Washington to the late Walter and Hyacinth Knokey and was a 62 year resident of the Antelope Valley. He was a proud American who served in the United State Navy during World War II, initially as a flight instructor and later as a highly decorated fighter-bomber pilot in the Pacific Theater. He served aboard the Naval Aircraft Carrier the U.S.S. Chenango - CVE-28. He received both his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Southern California. He spent most of his professional career as an educator and school administrator in the Antelope Valley. Roger was an honorable man who was admired for his quiet demeanor, honesty, and devotion to family and friends. Although he was a man of few words, his wisdom and humility were an inspiration to others. He was a believer in the philosophy that you learned more by listening than by speaking. He enjoyed family time, travel, good food and wine, the morning paper, and afternoons watching sporting events. Roger was a devoted husband and partner to the love of his life, the late Lorna Mae Knokey. During their 51 year marriage they traveled the world, visiting over 188 countries. They delighted in their adventures and their interest in people allowed them to make friends around the world. Together they leave a lasting legacy for their family and friends. He was dearly loved and will be missed by his children Dave Knokey (Ann) and Kathy Huber (Bud). He leaves behind his grandchildren David (Ann-Marie) and Karen Knokey and Jeff (Kristen), Scott, and Todd Huber who will carry him in their hearts always. He was blessed with four great-grandchildren; Jackson, Kaitlyn, Davia and James. Roger also enjoyed his many wonderful friends who decorated his life. At Rogers request his ashes will be spread at sea. The family requests that donations in Rogers memory be made to the American Heart Association or Smile Train. Arrangements entrusted to Joshua Memorial Park & Mortuary, Lancaster.

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