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1921 Kenneth 2018

Kenneth Knudson

January 5, 1921 — February 24, 2018

Kenneth Selmer, son of Sivert and Emma (Haugland) Knudson, was born on January 5, 1921 at Inwood, Iowa.  He attended rural schools in the area. Ken was united in marriage with Beatrice Viola Johnson on August 20, 1949 and three children were born to this union. 

   Ken farmed most of his life until he retired in 1986. He was a great family man and a loving father. He was deeply involved in his church, Our Saviors Lutheran in Inwood and later Zion Lutheran in Manning.  He led Bethel Bible Study and was a youth sponsor. Through the years Ken enjoyed traveling. He also loved music and played several instruments. Ken’s family and friends will always remember him as a man who loved to laugh and socialize. 

   In 1994 Ken was united in marriage with Dorothy Grundmeier and the couple resided in Manning.  When his health began to fail Ken moved to the Manning Plaza Nursing Home.  He died there on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the age of 97 years, 1 month and 19 days.

   Ken is preceded in death by his wife Beatrice Knudson in 1993; son-in-law Stan Smidt; sister Inez Williamson (John); and brother-in-law Arnold Hedin.

   Kenneth is survived by his wife Dorothy Knudson, Manning; son James Knudson (Debra), Waterloo; daughters Carol Chalberg (Mike) of Gilbert, AZ, and Mary Smidt, Hudson, WI; stepchildren: Diana Seedorff (Allen), Waterloo; Marilyn Mumm (Gail), Westside; Carolyn  McLimans (Randy), Delavan, WI; and Bill Strosahl (Jolene), Council Bluffs; 3 grandchildren: Michelle Sell (Jason), Chris Knudson (Corey), and Matt Knudson (Whitney); 17 step grandchildren and great grandchildren; sister Alice Manternach (Dale), Sioux Falls; and many other family and friends.


 Prelude music, Susan Lamb, Keyboard

“Savior, Like a Shepherd, Lead Us”

 “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”

Congregation & Timothy Conner, Organist

“How Great Thou Art”  Chris Knudson, Vocal Solo

  Casket Bearers

Allen Seedorff     Randy McLimans     Gail Mumm

Bill Strosahl     Jim Knudson     Mike Chalberg


The family wishes to express their gratitude for your kindness and invites you to join them for lunch and fellowship at Zion Lutheran Church following the funeral.

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