Ford Wesley Knight

Birth date: September 18, 1929
Death date: January 16, 2010



 Ford went to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on Saturday January 16, 2010, in Kalispell, Montana. Ford was born September 18, 1929 in Butte, Montana to Jack and Blanche (Dickson) Knight. He was followed by brother Rutherford and sister Geraldine. He went to grade school in Bannack, Montana and Graduated from Beaverhead High School where he played in the East-West Shrine Football game. During the summer he spent time in the “Big Hole” haying on the Jardine ranch. He received his BS and MS degrees in Metallurgical Engineering and Graduate Fellowship from the Montana School of Mines while working in several of the Butte mines. Over his extensive international career, Ford performed duties as Manager and Project Engineer for the Anaconda Copper Mining Co in Anaconda, MT ; E.I. Dupont, Savannah River Plane, Aiken, S.C.; Los Alamos Scientific lab, K Division, Los Alamos, NM; Atomic Power Development Association (Detroit Edison) and FERMI lab, Detroit, MI; United Kingdom Atomic Energy authority, Dounreay Fast Reactor facility, Thurso, Scotland, Westinghouse Electric, France; General Electric in Richland, WA; San Jose and Vallecitos CA, and Tokyo, Japan, Westinghouse Nuclear Fuel Division, Pittsburgh, PA, Westinghouse Electric, Advanced Energy Systems/Waste Management/Environmental Remediation Divisions, Pittsburgh, PA, and Westinghouse Hanford Co., Richland, WA. Ford’s professional affiliations included: Westinghouse Electric’s representative on and charter member of the committee on Nuclear Quality Assurance, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and an early and catalyzing member of the ASQC working group on ASQC E-4, Environmental Quality Assurance. Ford was published many times in major publications between 1960 and 1991. One of these publications titled, Acubic Expansion of PU and PU-FE Eutectic Between Room Temperature and 700 to 800 degrees Celsius, which was presented at the 2nd International Conference on Plutonium Metallurgy, Grenoble, France. While in Pittsburgh, PA, Ford met and married his wife Nancy Fried Knight. They together raised sons John and Matthew on a farm in Saxonburg, PA. Ford was a well respected farmer raising corn and soybeans along with hogs and black angus cattle. All of this was to “show my sons good work ethic.” Ford and his family returned to his beloved Montana in 1991. He and his family have enjoyed many years in the Flathead Valley where both sons have met and married their wives, Carrie Griffin Knight and daughter Tia and Heather Broeder Knight and daughter Tiffany and son Cody. Ford is survived by his loving wife Nancy, his sons John and Matthew, daughter Leslie Smail and husband Eric Hunley, nephew and niece Jarrod and Atari Faust, and countless friends. Ford was a patriot and loved the free United States of America. The most important thing in Ford’s life was his relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Throughout his entire life he credited and honored our Heavenly Father. This was his most cherished legacy. Amen.  



The celebration of Ford’s life will be held at 4:00 P.M. on Saturday January 30, 2010 at Cornerstone Community Church, 1970 Hwy 93 N, Kalispell. “Now go strait home and no bar hopping”.