Leonard Ray “Dude” Knotts, 80 years of age, and a resident of Lorain, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 30, 2021 following a full and meaningful life. He was born October 1, 1941 in Newburg, West Virginia. Leonard had made his home in Lorain for the last twenty-two years. Leonard proudly served in the United States Army. He was employed at Ford Motor Company in Avon Lake for thirty years before retiring in 1999. Leonard was a devoted Christian and loved serving the Lord. He was a member of Tower Baptist Church in Lorain. Leonard was an outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was an avid golfer. Survivors include his wife of twenty-two years, Dorothy Justice Knotts; his son, Tracy (Susan) Knotts; his grandchildren, Aaron Knotts, Victoria Knotts, and Megan Kleinsmith, and step children Gary Justice, Katrina Hillis, Robin Houston, and Michael Justice; one sister, Betty Thompson. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Donna Kay (nee Burgoyne), his daughter, Cynthia Calvey; his siblings Bill, Charles Jr. and Catherine Conn. Family and friends will be received at Bolyard Funeral Home, 79 Morgantown Ave. Newburg, WV, Saturday, November 6, 2021 from 10 AM until time of service at 12:00 Noon with Pastor Jim Carder officiating. Interment will follow at Shay’s Chapel Cemetery where military graveside rites will be conducted by the Preston County Honor Guard and the US Army Honor Guard of Camp Dawson. Online condolences can be sent for the family at www.bolyardfuneralhomewv.com
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