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Written by The Herald-News Wednesday, 21 March 2012 18:35
Jerrold Lee Knick, better known as Jerry or “Ol' Wise One,” 72, died Feb. 26, 2012, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
He was born on June 7, 1939, in Plentywood, one of 16 children born to James C. and Mary Catherine (Creager) Knick. He was raised on the family dairy farm south of Froid, where he spent his youth dabbling in all things agricultural and mechanical. Known as a jack of all trades, he was naturally gifted in almost everything he attempted to do, whether it be custom combining, fixing motorcycles, playing pool and marbles or racing go carts.
He began his career building grain bins with his brother, Hank, and brother-in-law, Richard Hobby. He was involved from the foundation up in the construction and management of the Culbertson safflower plant, serving as the plant manager for 12 years.
In 1982, he opened his own HVAC, plumbing and electrical contracting businesses with his sons Rob and Rick in Culbertson, Plentywood and Forsyth. He was still actively involved in the daily business of Sheridan Sheet Metal until his death.
He married Irene Stanford in 1957 and together they had four children: Rick, Raedelle, Rhonda, and Rob. They were married for 30 years and lived in Culbertson, where he was an active member of the community, particularly with regards to the Roosevelt County Fair. He helped establish the commercial booth area and helped set up the noon free meal.
On Feb. 15, 1991, Jerry married Linda Hacker of Plentywood. He was back in the family saddle again, helping raise her young daughter, Amanda, and serving as a brother and mentor to Linda’s sister, Joy Kranzler. Both experienced entrepreneurs, he and Linda owned and operated three businesses together — Sheridan Sheet Metal, Knick & Knick Elegant Home Fashions and Knick’s Appliance Center.
Well known in the Plentywood community for his humor, he regularly hosted a morning coffee hour at the shop.
He and Linda also shared a passion for gardening and, over the years, became the talk of the town every spring and summer. His expansive vegetable garden couldn't be matched and her knack for flower gardening impressed all who saw her handiwork. In recent years, he embarked on some major projects, including a backyard greenhouse and a nearly 20-foot metal cascading flower tower.
He was preceded in death by 13 brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his wife, Linda of Plentywood; children, Amanda, Rick, Raedelle, Rhonda and Rob; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two siblings, Hank of Redmond, Ore., and Penny Sue Waller, of Jacksonville, Fla.
Funeral services were held Friday, March 2, at the Plentywood Lutheran Church. Burial was at the Plentywood Cemetery.