Irene Eleanor McKnight

Irene Eleanor McKnight, age 79, of Alma, passed away on November 1, 2017 at Pathway Masonic Home of Michigan. She was born August 13, 1938 in Flint to Gearald and Isabella (Dunsmore) Boulton. Irene married James Ross McKnight on June 25, 1955 in Lake City, Michigan.
Irene had lived in the Falmouth and McBain area before moving to the Michigan Masonic Home in Alma. She enjoyed playing bingo, fishing, traveling, and managing the camping parks in Texas, Arizona, and California. She had been a school bus driver for the Durand Area Public Schools. She retired in 1984.
Irene is survived her husband James McKnight, daughter Brenda Kay (David) Johnston of Crescent City, CA,  grandchildren; Deidra Ann Kolman of Crescent City, California, Sandra Lynn (Adam) Freeland of  Lake City,  Jessyca Irene (Brent Kilpatrick) McKnight of Lennon, Frederick Arthur (Tara Ott) McKnight of Wisconsin, Sara Leigh (Jacob) Enos of Crescent City, California, 6 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Sister Laura Long of Lodges, Durand, daughter in-law Vickie McKnight of Falmouth, in-laws; Maxine Delashmit of Flint, Margaret (Ed) Dombrowski of Flint, Mary (Chuck) Gaylord of Flint, Walter (Karen) McKnight of McMillan, And Glenn Daniel (Kay) McKnight of Clarkston, TN.
Irene is preceded in death by her parents, son James Michael McKnight, granddaughter Holly Kolman. Funeral services will be held at the Burkholder Family Funeral Home on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Steve Boven officiating. Burial will be in the Holland Township Cemetery East. Visitation will be Tuesday 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Thoughts and prayers for the family may be left at

Funeral Service Information

Funeral Service:


Tony and Pam Teunissen

Sad for your hurting hearts, but glad you had such a wonderful Grandma in your lives. You are in our prayers.

Laura Eichhorn Wharry

I i’m so sorry to hear of Aunt Irene‘s passing. I can only imagine how difficult this must be for all of you who were so close to her. I have many fond memories of spending time with her while staying with my grandmother over the summer when I was young. We are unable to make the trip, but will be thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers Laura Ryan Miles & Calvin (Eichhorn)Wharry

Kathy Montana

Brenda, it just keeps coming at you. You and your family are in my prayers.hang in there honey and give yourself a hug for me

Mary Gaylord

Irene,was a great wife for my brother Jim, a great sister in law, loved by all her family and will be missed. I know she is with family in heaven, and in the future we all hope to be reunited. Know that we are praying, and Love You. Mary

John Dunsmore

Irene, we are so proud that you are part of our family, You were Named After our Mother, and We Will Never Forget you. Love always, John and Gordon Dunsmore.

Send thoughts & prayers

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
Name: *
Email: *

Burkholder Family Funeral Home, LLC. Copyright all rights reserved.

Website by: CN Digital Solutions