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Duane Knotts
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ALEXANDRIA – Cecil Duane Knotts passed away on May 1, 2018 at Miller’s Merry Manor in Chesterfield, following a long brave battle with Parkinson’s disease.
He was born July 14, 1930 in Alexandria, Indiana, the son of Henry and Evaleen Knotts. He was a 1948 graduate of Alexandria Monroe High School where he excelled in sports and was a member of the Alexandria Varsity A Men’s Club.
Duane married his loving wife, Carolyn Kilgore, in 1950, and together they gave the city of Alexandria their first flying service in 1955. Duane farmed over 250 acres in addition to giving flying lessons and flying passengers all over the United States. Carolyn took care of the office duties. Duane and Carolyn were very loyal to their community.
Duane piloted a Beechcraft King Air A-100 for over 20 years as a corporate pilot for US Engineering in Muncie, Indiana. All maintenance on the plane was done at Knotts Flying Service. Duane also piloted a JetRanger helicopter for a local farmer. In the 1970’s he helped form the Beech Aero Club, supported by Beech Aircraft Corporation of Wichita, Kansas. Duane was also a Beech dealer. He was a long time member of the EAA Warbirds of America, Aviation Association of Indiana, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and the Stearman Restoration Association. His happiest moments were when he restored and flew a T-28 war plane, which he flew in many airshows.
Duane was honored by the FAA as a Master Pilot for 50 years of safety on May 3, 2005. This award recognizes pilots who have contributed to building and maintaining the safest aviation systems in the world, through practicing and promoting safe flight for 50 consecutive years or more. This achievement was celebrated by Alexandria’s mayor, presenting him with a proclamation declaring May 3, 2005 as “Duane Knotts Day”. Students from many years of teaching were on hand to celebrate with Duane. This honor served as a lifetime achievement award, which was fitting for a man so devoted to promoting flight in Alexandria.
He is survived by his current wife Margie Maxey Knotts; her children, Dennis (Doris) Maxey; Dianna (Russ) Campbell and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister Maxine Morton of New Castle; his daughters, Kathy (Mike) Harlan of Anderson and Sally (Jeff) Hunter of Gallatin, TN; grandchildren, Brian (Claudia) Thompson, Derek Hunter, Dana (Steve) Kim and Drew Hunter; great-grandchildren, Diego Thompson and Carolyn Kim; sisters-in-law, Sandra Johnson, Janet Kilgore and Betty Kilgore; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother; his first wife, Carolyn Kilgore Knotts; brothers-in-law, Bill Kilgore, Jerry Kilgore and Earl Johnson.
Services honoring Duane’s life and legacy will take place at 2 pm on Saturday, May 12, 2018 in the Owens Funeral Home in Alexandria. Pastor Jerry Young will officiate. Interment will follow in Park View Cemetery in Alexandria. Friends may call at the Owens Funeral Home on Friday, May 11, 2018 from 4 pm to 8 pm.
The family would like to extend its appreciation to the nurses and staff at Miller’s Merry Manor in Chesterfield for being so loving and caring to Duane and his family during his difficult illness. They would also like to thank Heartland Hospice for the comfort and care they gave to Duane.

Memorial contributions are suggested to The Parkinson’s Foundation at www. or envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Owens Funeral Home

412 N Harrison St.
Alexandria, IN 46001





2:00 PM
Owens Funeral Home

412 N Harrison St.
Alexandria, IN 46001

Cemetery Details


Park View Cemetery

1101 S Park Avenue
Alexandria, IN 46001

Memorial Contribution

Parkinson Foundation


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