Knight Howard Valind, 80

It is with great sadness that the Knight Valind family announces his passing peacefully at home on Friday Dec. 23, 2011. He was born on June 27, 1931 in Escanaba, Mich. to the late Norbert and Helen (nee Knight) Valind.

Graduated Chetek High School in 1949, he then entered the Navy for four years and served as a sonarman on the USS Bassett during the Korean War. After the Navy, he entered Marquette University and graduated in 1958. He married Nancy Savard in 1955. He worked as a credit manager and a mortgage loan officer most of his career. He lived in Milwaukee until 1968 and in Jackson until 1996.

He was involved in the Germantown Rotary, lectured to high school students on entering the business world, and was involved in the Knights of Columbus and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also served on the board of Open Door in West Bend. He served as vice president on the board of St. Frances Cabrini church, where he was also a lector. During his retirement he also served as an acolyte at weekday mass. In addition, during his retirement he mowed lawn at the Kettle Hills golf course.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife and five children: Sue, Jeff (Kathy, nee MacDonald), Kim (Mark) Kruse, David, and Lori (Scott) Verhunce, and his 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. His sister, Carol Birk of Pinkney, Mich., further survives him. A sister, June Attaway from Arizona, preceded him in death.

His hobbies included woodworking and reading, especially about World War II. He also “lectured” his children and grandchildren on life’s values, obligations and Christian values.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 4 p.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church. The family will greet relatives and friends during a period of visitation at the church only on Tuesday from 2:30 until 3:45 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated.

The family gives special thanks to the Kathy Hospice and their dedicated staff.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences available at