Born: Mon., Aug. 29, 1960
Died: Sat., Dec. 23, 2017

Celebration of Life

2:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Sat., Dec. 30, 2017
Location: Douglas Moose Lodge #602

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Curt Reno Knighten said little and accomplished much.  His childhood was spent as the middle of three boys living in tiny oilfield towns throughout Wyoming.  Along with his brothers and cousins and without much support or supervision much trouble was made.  He spent much time alone in junk yards learning how to destroy and then put back together anything he could get his hands on.
He met Lori Sikes when they were both freshmen at Douglas High School.  They became fast friends.  From that day to this it was rare to see one without the other.  They married in December 1979 and the love, friendship and partnership continued for 38 years.
Curt went to work for Stafford Well Service immediately following high school.  He learned the oil field business from the ground up.  He was the first one to work and the last one to leave.  He had incredible mechanical skills and an amazing sense of how things worked.  He was a perfectionist and wouldn’t stop until each project was done right.  
Curt and Lori started their own business, Knighten Well Service in 1992.  He named every piece of machinery but his pride and joy was his first workover rig, Bud. Lori was the business manager and Curt did the field work.  Curt taught Tiffany, 8, and Craig, 5, how to drive and they were a working part of the business.  Family vacations meant a trip on the rig.
Every job was completed on time.  Attention was given to every detail and the price was fair.  Customers knew the while Curt didn’t say much each word counted and Curt would stand behind it.  If a call came at 10:00 P.M. or 2:00 A.M. he was out the door.  The only exceptions were nightly bedtimes and Christmas mornings, and these were never missed. The kid’s activities meant leaving for work at 4:00 A.M. to ensure he made the event – and he always did, but occasionally he cut it tight and arrived in mismatched shoes.
When Curt and Lori decided to retire and sold the business he took a two month retirement before going back to work.  He took a job with Anadarko and continued to work until his Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
Curt was a big hearted man. He always gave everyone a second, third and fourth chance never expecting anything in return. He picked up hitchhikers and bought plane tickets for strangers.  He rescued dogs and leant an ear and money to those in trouble.
Lori, Tiffany (Craig Philbrick), Craig (Audrey Simpson) gathered when Curt got sick.  They gave him the same love and loyalty he had always given to them.  He spent time with his treasured granddaughters, Lexus, Marlee, Bentley, Shelby & Dempsee.  The mismatched shoes told a sadder story but the journey was filled with love.  We will miss you.
Curt Reno Knighten, 57, died Saturday, December 23, 2017 at the Memorial Hospital of Converse County in Douglas, Wyoming surrounded by his loving family.
Curt was born Monday, August 29, 1960 in Casper, Wyoming the son of Dallas Albert and Racille (Dean) Knighten Jr.
Celebration of Life will be Saturday, December 30, 2017 at the Douglas Moose Lodge #602, 120 North Second Street in Douglas  in Douglas at 2:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers we ask that you please educate yourself on the warning signs of early onset Alzheimer’s disease, please visit and donate if you feel compelled to do so or their mailing address is Alzheimer’s Association, National Office, 225 North Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, Illinois 60601.
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.
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Terry and Daryl Zancanella
   Posted Tue December 26, 2017
We are so sorry for your loss. We are sending you our thoughts and prayers.

Jesse and Rita Sikes
   Posted Tue December 26, 2017
Lori, You and yours have shown the true meaning of unconditional love. Curt will be missed by so many. He was a very special man. Love, Dad and Rita

Beth “& mal wagstaff
   Posted Tue December 26, 2017
Knighten family, We send you all our love and prayers. The world lost a strong man who will be missed. Love you,

Veva and Randy Addleman
   Posted Tue December 26, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Cherish the fond memories and good times!! Take Care!!

Allen Haygood
   Posted Wed December 27, 2017
You were my first neighbors, when I bought my first house on Yuka Street. You tried to teach me how to be a good neighbor. Your big black dog always treated me and was happy to be made over by "that guy next door". I moved away, chasing a dream. I hope your son chased lots of dreams in my old blue tent that I gave him. Sorry for your loss.

Cammy Miller Kretschmar
   Posted Wed December 27, 2017
My heart is heavy for all of you in the Knighten Family. You are each so very blessed to have such a special man in your lives. He was called home too soon. My deepest sympathy to all of you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless each of you.

Teresa Menter-Eller
   Posted Wed December 27, 2017
My deapist sympathy goes out to Lori, Craig and family and Tiffany and family. May God ease your pain and hold you! Always know he is with you in your heart and all your wonderful memories you hold dear!!

Stevie C. Etheridge
   Posted Wed December 27, 2017
To Lori and family - I am Kurt's cousin. His mom, Racille, was my first cousin as her dad, Durwood and my mom, Bertie B, were brother and sister. I just learned of Kurt's death from Mary, Kurt's cousin on the Knighten side. She is an acquaintance on I'm awfully sorry. You have my deepest condolences and sympathy. I didn't know Kurt well. We only met once as kids when Dallas, Racille and the boys came to visit Uncle Durwood and Aunt Oleta. We played together for hours at their house during that one visit. Lori, I spoke to you and Kurt on the phone a year or more ago. Kurt remembered me as "the kid with the baby" - the baby being my afflicted sister, Christy. Sounds as though Kurt was a good, kind and soulful man and I hate that we didn't know each other better. Once again, you have my sympathy. Please feel free to contact me at the email address above.

Tammy Engling
   Posted Wed December 27, 2017
Dear Knighten Family,
So very sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking you guys in this time of sorrow.
Ron and Tammy Engling

Donnie Shackleford
   Posted Wed December 27, 2017
To Curt and his family: I never really knew you but your grandfather was the brother of my sister. I remember your mom and your grandparents well. I am sorry for loss of Curt and wish to express my heart felt condolences and wish you the healing and love you deserve. Always know you have an extended family in my family.

Diana Wilsey Geer
   Posted Wed December 27, 2017
Lori and family, Life throws us a curveball every once in a while that we just aren't ready for. Curt wasn't able to catch that SOB and send it flying right back! You all played the game the best way possible, and what a support team you made. Sadly, we don't always get to finish the game in the method we like. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Mary Ellen Werner
   Posted Thu December 28, 2017
Lori and Family,
I am very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers.

Michele Ediss
   Posted Thu December 28, 2017

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We are so sorry for your loss! Prayers to you all! Love, Steve, Michele and Family

Scott and Caryl Stafford
   Posted Fri December 29, 2017
Lori and family,

We were so shocked to hear of the loss of your wonderful Curt. We had no idea of his condition. We have always been so fortunate to have the Knighten family in our lives. Always so dedicated to everything and everybody in which you crossed paths. We were so proud of you kids when you jumped out into the well servicing business and did so well. There was never a doubt about your success. Please accept our condolences and know that he is finally at peace. We know he will be missed dearly by everyone. God Bless all of you.

Tonya Pittsley (Au-France)
   Posted Fri December 29, 2017
Lori and Family,

So sorry for your loss. Praying for all of you. Curt will be missed.

Terry Wills-Cathcart
   Posted Fri December 29, 2017
Dearest Knighten Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Words are so inadequate. You are in our hearts and prayers.
Jim, Terry, Nevaeh and Jaiden

ron lesher
   Posted Fri December 29, 2017
Lori you know I have always loved you and city just learned of his passing the world just lost one great man my thoughts and prayers are with you

Linda and Art Hageman
   Posted Fri December 29, 2017
Dearest Lori amd family Thinking about you , remember Im always good for a coffee and a shoulder remember all of the good and the sun will shine again ,your strength will get you thru this, may the good lordgive you comfort, Linda Hageman

Randy and Cindy Sober
   Posted Sat December 30, 2017
We are so very sorry...Our deepest condolences to the Knighten family...
Our hearts ache with you and please know we are here for you all
God Bless

Phil and Debbie Conklin
   Posted Sat December 30, 2017
Lori and family,
Our hearts and prayers got out to you all, we’re so sorry for your loss!
May your memories and love for Curt uphold you all through these difficult times!
Deb & Phil Conklin

Nancy Young
   Posted Mon January 01, 2018
To the family of Curt Reno Knighten. My family sends their deepest sympathy to you. Our thoughts and prayers goes out to you. Our thoughts and prayers goes out to you.

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