Stephen George Kniatt, 83, died on April 30, 2014 at Denton Regional Medical Center. He was born on September 17, 1930, in Philadelphia, PA, to Stephen Joseph and Cathryn Burg Kniatt. He married Mary Jane Johnson in California in 1952. She passed away in 1966, and he married Nancy Louise Gorton in Bangkok, Thailand in 1967.
Following service in the US Air Force from 1949-1953, Steve spent 20 years with Philco-Ford and RCA, working in locations throughout the US as well as in Okinawa, Thailand, and the Marshall Islands. In 1973 he moved to Denton, where he owned and operated DEN-TEX A/C and Restaurant Supply for over 40 years, always taking great pride in being there for his customers 24/7. He had amazing mechanical skills, and there wasn't a heater, air conditioner, refrigerator, or ice machine he couldn't fix. He was a 32nd degree Mason.
Steve is survived by his wife Nancy; sons Stephen and wife Linda of Corinth, Paul of Sanger, Mark and wife Robin of Denton, and Richard and wife Kathleen of Alexandria, VA; daughter Kimberly Usher of Hawaii; daughter-in-law Kathy Kniatt of Branson, MO; grandchildren Stephen, Cheryl, Curtis, Nathan and wife Courtney, Michael, Rachel, Jacob, Cole and Anastasia Kniatt, Stacey Wolf and husband Spencer, Mary Lindlau and husband Jonathan, and Amanda Reynolds and husband Mason; 9 great grandchildren; brother Joseph and sisters Ruth, Teresa, Anne and Mary, and numerous nieces and nephews. Steve is also survived by many friends, especially Guy Hammons and Mike and Selena Zampino. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Mary; daughter, Mary Iva; and brother, Robert.
A brief memorial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 8th, in the Chapel at Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home, 705 N. Locust Street in Denton. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Steve's name to Denton Animal Shelter Foundation, PO Box 486, Denton, TX 76205, or to Our Daily Bread, 300 West Oak Street, Denton, TX 76201.
On line condolences may be made at www.mulkeymasondenton.com