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Wallace Knutson

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Wallace J. (Wally) Knutson died unexpectedly of natural causes at his home in New Hampton on August 5, 2019. He was 82 years old. Friends may call on the family at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton on Friday, August 9, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The funeral will take place at the Jerico Lutheran Church on Saturday, August 10 at 10:30 am. Interment will follow in the Jerico Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by Lawler American Legion. Online condolences for Wally's family may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com. Memorials may be directed to the family. Wally was born on September 29, 1936 in New Hampton, son of Henry O. and Clara (Hereid) Knutson. He was baptized and confirmed at the Jerico Lutheran Church. Early in his life, the family lived on a farm east of the village of Saude, later moving to another farm on what now is called 110th Street between Saude and Jerico. Wally attended several country schools in the area and graduated from New Hampton High School in 1954. He received the Thespian award for his portrayal of a character named Dexter in a play titled "Sky High" during his senior year. After high school, Wally entered the US Army and was stationed in Germany in 1955 and 1956, working as a company clerk due to the typing skills he learned in high school. Remembering his military service, he became a member of American Legion Post #279 in Lawler. He was proud to honor fellow veterans at military burials and most assuredly now would personally thank the comrades escorting his own funeral procession. Wally met Elaine Pipho in Waterloo, and the couple married in St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Artesian on November 2, 1963. Elaine and Wally spent their life together in New Hampton, rearing two sons, David and Stephen. Wally was dedicated to family, friends, and community. A great memory in his life was the journey he took to Norway, where he met distant cousins related to his grandfather, Olaf Hereid, from the village of ...rdal. These relatives showed Wally the small, gravely plot on which his grandfather had survived before migrating to the United States, and thereafter Wally kept a few stones from this lot on his dresser. After working in several jobs over his career, Wally retired to assist Elaine's home childcare business. He was a well-known figure around town, shuttling generations of children to and from school, swimming lessons, summer camps, ball games, and other activities. Many of these little ones grew up remembering Wally, and he always was pleased to attend graduations and weddings of people years after he and Elaine cared for them. He was fond of all of these children, but his heart always was devoted to his granddaughters, Lydia and Miriam. There were very few mornings that Wally missed having coffee with his friends at Kwik Star or Carquest, and he enjoyed playing cards at Butch's on many afternoons. He played bridge in several local card clubs for decades. Wally nearly always had a story about all of the people around him, and he delighted in remembering their shared past. Wally served as Secretary of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in New Hampton for 55 years. He was one of the congregational delegates to the annual convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod for many years. Remembering Wally's legacy are his wife of 55 years, Elaine Knutson of New Hampton; son, David and his daughters Lydia and Miriam of Cincinnati, OH; and son, Stephen Knutson, of Greenville, SC; two sisters-in-law, Verdene Knutson of Waverly and Virginia Freie (John) of Livermore, CA; and one brother-in-law, Michael Pruisner of Waverly. He was proceeded in death by his father, Henry O. Knutson, in 1979; his mother, Clara (Hereid) Knutson, in 1997; and brother, Harvey Knutson, in 2016.

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  1. Elaine and Family, Our sympathy to you and your family. Wally was such a kind and gentle man. Know that he is safe in the arms of the Lord. God Bless you. Sincerely Frank Eleanore Martin

  2. Elaine and Family My sympathy and prayers are with you at difficult time. Wally was a kind and friendly person. May the love and peace of God be with you.

  3. My deepest sympathies to Elaine and family. I will always remember Wally as being there helping Elaine care for us kids. He is a great man that was always willing to help others and was very caring toward every child who crossed his path. Love, Jennifer (Nelson) Knutson

  4. My deepest sympathy to you Elaine and your family. Wally was a good guy and I know Lowell always enjoyed visiting and playing cards with Wally back in the day. May the Lord be with you all. Sincerely, Linda Stolfus

  5. Always had a good talk with Wally when he came into Kwik Star in the morning.He will be missed!

  6. Dear Elaine and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Wally was a quiet presence in the Knutson home. Elaine took care of the meals and much more. Wally was in charge of transportation and rocking the little ones. My youngest, Annie, went there occasionally for daycare. The kids were well cared for. Lots of love and attention. Wally will be missed by many.

  7. Dear Elaine and family, Dave and I send our sympathy to all of your family. Wally was such a kind and just a sweet guy. We will all miss not seeing him around. He always had such a great smile for everyone and always looked so happy being with his wife. We will miss not seeing him at Klunders, where he would always stop to speak to us. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Dave and Sandy Jaschen

  8. Deepest Condolences to Elaine and the family!! My your memories help to heal your heart!! God Bless! Deb and Marty Larsen

  9. Elaine Family- you all have our deepest sympathy. Wally was a kind caring man. You’re in our prayers

  10. Elaine family, Iam sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy and prayers to all. Wally will be missed.

  11. Elaine and family, You have our deepest sympathy for your loss. Wally was a wonderful man who always shared a warm smile and handshake. He love to visit whenever we saw him at Redeemer or Jericho churches. Cherish all the wonderful memories of your life together. Joe and Sharon Haskovec

  12. Elaine, I feel so fortunate to have run into you and Wally a couple months ago when I was back in New Hampton for a visit. I have such fond memories of the both of you when my brother and I were young children and you were our babysitter. My thoughts and prayers are with you and David and Stephen and families at this difficult time. Wally was a good man. Colleen Pulsifer

  13. Elaine, Im so sorry to hear of Wallys death. My sincere sympathy to you and your family. My thoughts are with you. Geri

  14. Elaine, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this sad and difficult time. You’re good neighbors and we’re going to miss Wally.

  15. Elaine, Wally was one of the nicest people I have ever known! I have fond memories of you and Wally and Jim and I having some great times together. Wonderful memories!

  16. I also am sending my sympathy to Elaine and family. May your comfort be knowing HIS PROMISE OF ETERNAL LIFE.

  17. Love and prayers to you and your family, Elaine.. Wally was deeply admired by the Usher family and will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Rob, Penny, Jayden, Maddie, and Bryar.

  18. Oh Elaine, know that you are all of the Baker Familys thoughts and prayers. We were so blessed to have the two of you take care of our precious children when they were little. Wally was a great man, so kind and gentle. We love you! Nick, Sue, and family

  19. Please accept our deepest condolences for our loss. Wally was a kind and caring gentleman who will be greatly missed. You and our family are in our thoughts and prayers. Patrick and Valerie Folkers.

  20. Sending sincere sympathies to Elaine and family. Wally was always there assisting with the day care kids, making sure they made it to swimming lessons and other activities. He will be missed.

  21. Uncle Wally, you have left us with so many memories to cherish. Rest in Peace we will miss you always. Love Steve Priscilla

  22. You and Elaine are what good neighbors are all about. We wont ever forget your friendly wave! Your family has our deepest sympathy.

  23. Elaine family, thoughts many prayers to you all! Walley will always have a special place in the Broughtons hearts. I know Blaize will miss his cuddles back rubs. Love to you all! Laurie

  24. Elaine and family – our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. We’ve known Wally a long time and always enjoyed our visits.

  25. Elaine and family, I miss Wally already for his kindness and gentle ways. He always came early to the Event Center to share a cup of coffee and a wish for a good day. I would guess that he walked right up to Heaven as he would say, “I am still walking! I can do that!” Sharon

  26. Elaine and Family,We were so sorry to hear of your loss,Wally will be missed by so many.Our prayers and thoughts are with you all,Tom and Marian Gebel

  27. Elaine and Family, It was always a pleasure to visit with Wally at the Synod Convention here in Mankato and I was Happy to see him this past June. Such a wonderful man and a fine Christian! I will miss seeing him at our annual ELS Convention. Greg Costello

  28. My deepest Sympathy to Elaine Family, He was a great help to me and Brenda at the church when we needed help with the church when we needed help with the tree and to find something .He will be greatly missed and God Bless. Gloria Brenda Parks

  29. Such a Dear Man, he will be missed by adults and children alike, he touched so many lives! Always enjoyed our morning chats at Kwik Star. Peace Prayers to your Family

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