John George Knudsen, 95, of Idaho Falls, passed away Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at Lily & Syringa Assisted Living. He was under the care of Hands of Hope Hospice.
John was born Johannes George Knudsen in Salt Lake City, on Feb. 6, 1918, to Johannes Christensen Knudsen and Ada Atkinson. He Graduated from South Salt Lake High School in Salt Lake City in 1936.
John attended the University of Utah for one year, focusing on pre-med classes. He worked as a hospital orderly before he accepted a full time mission call for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the South African Mission.
On March 23, 1942, John enlisted the U.S. Navy. He served as a pharmacist mate until he transferred for Naval Aviation Training. John received an honorable discharge of duty Jan. 4, 1946. He received many medals, including a Purple Heart, for his service in the Philippines.
John met his beautiful wife of 65 years, Goldia Ann McCourtney during his Naval Aviation Training. They were married March, 7 1946, in the Salt Lake Temple.
John was employed as the Salt Lake City branch manager for Ditto Incorporated of Chicago, Ill., for 20 years. When the company went out of business in 1969, John returned to the University of Utah to get a Bachelor of Science degree.
In 1973, John began his teaching career at Madison High School in Rexburg, teaching business. In 1974, John went to work for Eastern Idaho Technical College as a marketing teacher and Coordinator of Adult Extension Services. He retired in 1983.
He was an artist of wood, stained glass, oil and water colors. He spent many hours in his shop making beautiful gifts for his family and friends. John was an excellent carpenter and craftsman, continually finishing and remodeling their homes and fixing things for his family.
John and Goldia loved the game of golf. For many years they enjoyed a home at Star Valley Ranch Country Club in Thayne, Wyo., and St George, Utah. They also traveled during their retirement, always happy to return to their home here in Idaho Falls to spend time with family and friends.
John is survived by three children, Ada Jean (Bill) Killbury of Ojai, Calif., James Edward (Melony) of Magna, Utah, and Dan L. (Rhonda), of Ammon; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several beloved nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his wife Goldia Ann; two sons, John George Jr. and Steven McCourtney; his parents; two brothers, Gordon and Earl; and one sister, Mae Frank.
The family will meet with friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Wood Funeral Home East Side, 963 Ammon Road. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at St. George City Cemetery in St. George, Utah.
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