1939-2016 Robert Allen Knudsen, age 77 passed away on Friday, October 28, in Devon, PA. He is survived by his daughter, Cynthia Ann Spicer, his son-in-law, Jeffery Spicer, and his granddaughter, Lily Rose Spicer of Chester Springs; his brother, Richard Knudsen of Oaklawn, IL; and his sister, Ann Mitchell of Ada, MI. Bob was born on June 6, 1939, in Chicago, IL to parents August Knudsen and Grace Biukema. He was married to Barbara Knudsen (nee Kuypers) in 1966, and the couple had 2 children together, including Diane Ruth Knudsen, who died in childhood. He graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Oregon State University with a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering. A resident of Wilmington, Delaware and then Wayne, PA, Bob was an active member of Wayne Presbyterian Church. Bob was a Principal Process Engineer for ARCO Chemical Company for more than 30 years. During his years at ARCO Chemical he travelled extensively through their European facilities providing professional expertise and training to the facilities engineers. ARCO Chemical became LyondellBasell and his company transferred him to their Houston, Texas offices. He was very active in AICHE professional programs and was the author of several published technical papers. He was greatly admired both personally and professionally by his coworkers. While in Houston, TX, Bob enjoyed memberships to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston as well as the Houston Symphony and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Houston. After retiring in 2009, Bob moved back to Pennsylvania to be closer to his beloved granddaughter. His family and friends will remember him as a gentle and sincere man. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Valley Forge Memorial Chapel, RR23, Valley Forge, PA at 2:00 p.m., with visitation beginning at 1:30. Rev. Tom Walsh will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Delaware County Christian School, 462 Malin Road, Newtown Square, PA 19073.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Nov. 9, 2016