“A Brother Forever” – William Riley Knight

This past December (2013) William Riley Knight was tragically killed when moving vehicles struck he and the stranded motorist he was attempting to help. Only hours before the incident he was married to the love of his life and the two were returning home from the reception.

Riley was the First Sergeant for the 509th living History group, but he was more than a re-enactor. He was a father, a husband, a U.S. Army Ranger, a member of the 509th (active duty), as well as a member of the 4th Battalion / 325th Airborne Infantry in the 82nd Airborne. Earning a combat jump during the Invasion of Panama, as well as serving several tours in Operation Desert Storm. He was an avid sportsman and an accomplished entertainer; singing and acting in over 100 community theater productions. But the essence of Riley was his generosity. He was a man who was willing to offer a hand to anyone in need – family, friends, and even a stranded motorist on his wedding night.

Love, laughter and service marked Riley’s life as he marked all who knew him. We are not the same without him. Our deepest condolences and prayers continue to go out to his family

William Riley Knight
1964 – 2013

“A brother forever”

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