Milton D. Kniss


Milton "Milt" Duane Kniss, 71, a longtime resident of Bellaire, passed away at his home April 18, 2019 after a difficult battle with ALS.
Born in Cadillac on Nov. 30, 1947, Milt graduated from Edwardsburg High School in Niles in 1965.
After graduating from high school he was drafted into the United States Army, where he served in the Vietnam War.
Upon return he had a long, successful career in the auto industry in which he toured worldwide while he and his wife resided overseas in both England and Germany. Retiring after 25 years from Dura Automotive Systems as president of the Control Systems Division, he continued his career as executive vice president of the Seating Systems Division with Commercial Vehicle Group from 2007 to 2010. From 2011 to 2013 he continued his career at Precision Edge as senior project manager and ended his career at Tolles Career and Technical Center as a RAMTEC coordinator in May of 2018, where he had the RAMTEC Center named in his honor.
He was an advocate for alternative education for teens and young adults and was awarded the Golden Apple Award by the Boyne City School System for his dedication to vocational education.
Milt enjoyed many hobbies including travel, spending time outdoors working on projects, boating, golfing, classic cars and reading.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Boyd and Ruth Kniss, of Kalkaska; and is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Chris.
Milt is lovingly remembered by his children, Scott (Jenna) Maison, of Fairhope, Alabama, Melissa (Jim) Luke, of Bel Air, Maryland, and Micki (Chris) Stevens, of Plainfield, Indiana; eight grandchildren, Scotty, Lyla, Braeden, Henry, Eli, Alex, Vivian and Shelby; brothers, Rick and Lyle; sister, Ila; plus countless friends and relatives.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 23, at 11 a.m. at the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Home, with Fr. Chet Collins officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Lakeview Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Milt's name may be given to the ALS Foundation at
Please sign his online guestbook at
Published on April 23, 2019
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Cyndie Forster
Apr 25, 2019
Chris and family, I just heard about Milt's passing today. My deepest condolences. He was witty, charming, and had a great sense of humour. So very sorry for your loss.
Jean Pemberton
Apr 23, 2019
Chris & Family, I just learned tonight that Milt had passed away. I'm sorry to hear he'd suffered from ALS. It must've been a very trying time for all of you. May God be with you with His comfort and strength. You're in John's and my prayers.