Obit: Knutson, Norman P. (1924 – 2015)


Surnames: Knutson, Becker, Pederson, Blenker, Wilsmann, Sandley, Kaiser, Griepentrog, Fuehrer

----Source: Tribune/Record/Gleaner (Abbotsford, Wis.) 18 Mar 2015

Knutson, Norman P. (13 DEC 1924 – 16 MAR 2015)

Norman P. Knutson, 90, Marshfield, formerly of Spencer, left the loving arms of his family and returned to the Lord in the early morning hours on Monday, March 16, 2015 at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield. A funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, March 21, at Zion Methodist Church in Marshfield. Anola Becker will preside. Military honors conducted by Mueller-Hintz VFW Post 1866 of Marshfield will follow the services at the church. Burial will take place in Colby Memorial Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to gather on Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. until time of services. Pallbearers will be Raynee Randall, Kimberly Powers, Eric Knutson, Kyle Knutson, Jayme Blenker, Matt Knutson, Bo Blenker, Rebecca Wilsmann and Zachary Wilsmann. Honorary pallbearer in memory will be his late granddaughter, Jodi Blenker.

Norman was born on Dec. 13, 1924, in Ferryville, the son of Alex and Anna (nee Pederson) Knutson. He attended Oakridge Grade School while living in Ferryville but later he and his family moved to Lansing, Iowa, where he graduated from high school in 1942. In 1944, he enlisted in the United States Army and served tours in both the Philippines and in Japan. On Dec. 10 in that same year, he married the former Minerva Espe. They later divorced. Following his honorable discharge in 1946, Norman began farming in the Viroqua area, then later worked as a cheesemaker in Spring Green and then Marshfield until his retirement in 1987 from Morning Glory Dairy in Marshfield. On June 6, 1987, Norman married Dolores Sandley in Spencer. Sadly, she passed away on July 10, 2014. Norman's hobbies included fishing with his friend Bob, boating, traveling, reading and watching TV. He loved spending hours dancing the waltz, the polka or the foxtrot. He was a member of the Spencer United Methodist Church and the Mueller-Hintz VFW Post 1866 of Marshfield.

Survivors include his children, Kelly (Christine) Knutson, Bay City, Larry (Alyce) Knutson, Wisconsin Rapids, Rita Blenker, Marshfield, and Kari (Larry) Wilsmann, Auburndale; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; his stepchildren, Dale (Betty) Sandley, Sheboygan Falls, Debra (Mark Kaiser) Griepentrog, Spencer, and Dori (Mark) Fuehrer, Marshfield; seven step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Minerva; his second wife, Dolores; four brothers; four sisters; and a granddaughter, Jodi Blenker.

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