James "Dozer" Michael McKnight

Iron Wheels

James “Dozer” Michael McKnight, age 61, of Falmouth, passed away on September 17, 2017 at Munson Healthcare of Cadillac after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born April 5, 1956 in Flint to James Ross and Irene Eleanor (Boulton) McKnight. Jim married Vickie Lynn (Pertler) McKnight on October 29, 1994 in Falmouth, Michigan.

Jim was a lifelong heavy equipment operator and a proud member of the International Operating Engineers Local #324. Jim had worked for Perrin Construction, Venice Park Development, Allied Waste, Auburn Hills, MI, from which he retired in 2012. Jim was a member of Iron Wheels MC, an avid motorcycle rider all his life, he was never happier than riding his beloved “Bad Company.” He was a wonderful and loving father, friend, brother, husband and son. Jim was an avid sportsman, enjoyed bow hunting, firearms, all types of fishing and just walking in the woods.
Jim leaves to carry on his legacy of love 4 adult children, Michael (Kathryn Durkee) Pertler, Sandra Lynn McKnight (Adam) Freeland, Jessyca Irene McKnight and Brent Kilpatrick, and Fredrick Arthur McKnight and Tara Ott. Jim also leaves 5 grandchildren to cherish the memories made with papa Jim, Hunter Thomas Freeland, Maleigha Oriona McKnight, Anneliese Sequia Pertler, Claura Cloe Kilpatrick and Logan James McKnight; he loved his grandkids and was very proud of them. Jim is also survived by his parents, sister Brenda (David) Johnson of California, nieces, nephews and numerous aunts and uncles.

Funeral services will 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 21 at Burkholder Family Funeral Home in McBain with Rev. Steve Boven officiating with burial taking place in Holland Township Cemetery East. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Thoughts and prayers for the family may be left at
Jim lived life, may his spirit soar and his legacy be an inspiration to others to be kind to each other.

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Aunt Mary

I remember hoping Jimmy would be born on my birthday, but he missed it by a day. When speaking about him I'd tell people he is a big teddy bear, cause he has a good heart. May God comfort you and hopefully reunite all of us someday,in Heaven. Big family reunion. Love Aunt Mary


Little Jimmy, David and I were the closest of cousins when in Leota. Gramma and Grampa's place was our play world. The summer memories we forged with the play wars that were fought and discovery walks in the woods are always with me. I'm unable to be there to show my Love, so I'll send my prayers for your family and thanks for the memories.

Susan - cousin

I loved you and your mischievous smile. Always looked like you knew something I didn't, and you probably did! Your Mom and Dad taught you to be brave and full of yourself, and that made you easy to love. All my love to family left behind with prayers for God's comfort and strength while going through this difficult time. Loving you all, Susan

Larry & Kris Howard

Irene & Jim -- We were very saddened to hear of your son's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Hugs to you all.

Maleigha - Granddaughter

I miss my grandpa so much. I hope he's a lot better up in heaven. One day I will see you up in heaven with a big smile and a very big bear hug. Until then, everyone loves and loved you.

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