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Gregg was born on September 17, 1954 to Paul and Lova Knox and passed away on November 6, 2015. Come-and-go visitation for Gregg will be at Crawford Family Funeral Service, 610 NW 178th St. Edmond, OK 73012, on Tuesday, November 10, from 12-5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday. Funeral services for Gregg will be 2 p.m. Thursday, November 12 at the Crawford Funeral Chapel, with burial to follow at Gracelawn Cemetery in Edmond. The blonde, curly haired boy with his sly smile was diagnosed with a mental challenge at an early age. This news did not deter Paul and Lova. They were determined that Gregg would be raised and treated like all the other kids, and they set Gregg out on that path. The lessons he was taught were hard for him and they used tough love for a lot of them. No matter what the challenge, they always used love and patience with Gregg. Once on his path, Gregg learned honesty, loyalty to family, God and country. His best lessons were never to be afraid to try, and never be afraid to fail. When you fall down, get up and keep trying. Gregg never strayed off of his path. He never quit on life or himself. He enrolled in the Special Olympics Program and won in swimming for the state of Oklahoma, but he didn’t stop there. In August of 1972, Gregg went to Los Angeles, Calif., and placed sixth out of 2500 competitors at the national competition. Gregg liked hard work, and was employed by the city of Oklahoma City in the waste management department. He was there for 23 years and 8 months. He earned his CDL license while employed there, and was one of their most dependable employees, working hard hours in all types of weather. He never met a stranger and his big smile and easy ways would soon win over just about anyone who met him. He loved fishing and would have everyone laughing as he told his fishing stories. Gregg met and married his soul mate, Linda Sue, who also grew up with hard life lessons to learn. Between the two of them, they connected the dots of every day challenges. They learned to lean on each other and that’s what made them strong enough to overcome any problems they faced. Gregg’s unwavering love and fierce protection of Linda gave her a life she never though she would have. Linda’s steadfast devotion to Gregg was unbreakable and remarkable. They faced their biggest challenge of their lives when Gregg was told he had cancer. Together, they went through every treatment, surgery and chemo appointment, never doubting Gregg was going to beat this like he always did. Gregg fought hard and beat his cancer for 3 years 10 months and 1 day longer than was expected. It was only when Linda told him she was okay, that he had taken good care of her and she was going to be fine, that he slipped away to be with his God, as well as his mom and dad. Gregg leaves behind his wife Linda, older sister Paula Ritzhaupt, older brother Kenny Knox, and younger sister Shannon Benda and their spouses. He also leaves behind a multitude of nieces and nephews.
Published on  November 9, 2015
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