R. Bruce Knight passed away peacefully on May 25, 2021, after a long battle with cancer. He attended Elmwood Elementary, Schafer Middle School, Springfield High School, and Ohio State University. He served in the US Army and spent a year in Vietnam and served in the Tet Offensive.

He was employed by International Harvester as an industrial engineer and director of personnel in employment


Bruce had been passionate about antiques since he was a child. In the late 1960s, he became a full-time antique dealer, opening his 30-year-old antique store, Knight’s Antiques. He founded the Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market, which has grown to become one of the largest of its kind in the country. A major importer of antiques for over 40 years, he and his wife Vivalyn have traveled to five continents making many friends around the world

always happy to return to his home in Springfield, Ohio. He founded and continues to operate the largest antique center in the United States, the Heart of Ohio Antique Center. Bruce

the impact on the local and national antique industries has been profound.

Bruce is predeceased by his parents, Kenneth and Margaret Knight, and his beloved dog, Zeus. He leaves behind his brother, Kenneth Knight, Jr., (Gloria), his daughters Kristi Craddock (Rodney) and Abbey Simeral (Coleman), his son Rob Knight (Jamie), four beautiful grandsons: Andrew and Tyler Craddock, Louie Knight and Trevor Kopp, and his wife and soulmate Vivalyn.

Throughout his life Bruce had a close connection to nature and wildlife, spending countless hours in woods and streams. He loved to hunt mushrooms, feed deer, birds and his pond fish. He loved to share his knowledge of antiques with others and considered each day to be an “Easter Egg Hunt”. Bruce has often shared how privileged he felt to be born on this Earth to learn, love and create in this beautiful world God gave us, and he enjoyed every minute of it!

A celebration of Bruce’s life will be held on Tuesday, June 1 at 6:00 p.m. at Restoration Park Church, 55 Restoration Park Dr., Medway, Ohio. The family will receive friends from

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. before service. Live streaming will begin at time of service on the Littleton & Rue Facebook page.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Animal Welfare League on behalf of her dog Zeus at

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