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Jim McKnight – Afton

Services for Jim McKnight, 78, of Afton, Iowa, formerly of Roswell, N.M., will be held 10 a.m.  Monday, January 3, 2022 at Powers Funeral Home in Afton, Iowa.  The service will be live streamed at www.powersfh.com (link under events).  Burial will be in Afton.  Online condolence may be given at www.powersfh.com.

James Mikell McKnight, III, son of James Mikell McKnight, Jr., and Mary (Pierce), was born on August 4, 1943, in Roswell, NM. Jim was raised on a ranch NW of Roswell.  He graduated from Roswell High School in 1961.

While attending college he met his wife Laurie Lee Laney and they married on June 12, 1965 in Cornona, N.M. In 1984 Jim transferred to Creston, Iowa to manage the FHA office and he and Laurie purchased a farm north of Afton.  He chose Iowa to transfer to, by seeing the last center pivot and then drove 100 miles north.

Jim is survived by his wife Laurie of Afton, two sons, Larry (Lori) McKnight and Sam (Jill) McKnight; grandchildren, Beth, Noelle, Colton, Savannah and Jamie; brother Bill McKnight of Breckenridge, TX; sisters Marianne Rankin and Polly Tomlinson.

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