Kenneth H. Knutson, 97


On Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, after 97 years, Kenneth Harvey Knutson of Litchfield departed from what he called “a wonderful life."

He was born July 10, 1923, in Armstrong, IA, to Harvey and Ida Knutson, and cherished memories of growing up as a farm boy. On Nov. 20, 1946, he married the love of his life, Marilyn Louise Sogard, in the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. They shared 74 happy years together, raising five children. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a friend to many.

After his military service in Korea, he enjoyed his career in the agri-business sales field with Cargill, King Milling, W.R. Grace and ending with Zimmerman Grain Dryers. He loved his work and credited his award-winning sales success to treating customers fairly and honestly.

After retiring, he worked part-time transporting buses for the Ponder Equipment Company. He served his community as an assessor and member of the North Litchfield Township Board. Since moving to Litchfield in 1968, he was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.

He loved people and never knew a stranger. He enjoyed boating and relaxing at Lake Lou Yeager with family and friends. He delighted in socializing as a member of the Moose and Elks lodges, and playing golf and cards at the Litchfield Country Club. He loved hunting and fishing, especially when it entailed memorable trips in the U.S. and Canada. He was a loyal friend and a storyteller par excellence. His patio was always open for conversation and laughter.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons, Richard (Susan) and Ken; daughters, Susan Palsenberger (Larry) and Marcia (Scott); daughter-in-law, Maggie Knutson; eight devoted grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He is predeceased by his beloved son, Ron.

A Celebration of Life will take place at a future date.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Heritage Health for their devoted care of dad and their kindness to the family.

Memorial donations may be made to Zion Lutheran Church or the local VFW Post #3912, who were so supportive of him during his final days.

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