Knut was a man of few words, but he never met an engine he didn't like. Knut Arne Raade was born in Oslo, Norway, on March 7, 1942, to Arne and Ingrid Raade. He died at age 69 at his home on July 28, 2011, of cancer.
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In Norway, he trained in math and science and transferred to Montana State in 1962 to complete his mechanical engineering degree, graduating in 1966.
He met Kay Kempton of Billings at MSU and they were married at Peace Lutheran Church in Billings in June of 1964. They have two sons, Kristian Arne, born in Bozeman and Karl Erik, born in Portland, Ore.
Knut was employed by Hyster Lift Trucks as a design engineer in Portland, Ore., in 1966. He and his family moved with Hyster from Portland to Crawfordsville, Ind., to Brunswick, Ga., to Greenville, N.C. He was with the company for 43 years, though it changed its name to NACCO Materials handling, building both Hyster and Yale lift trucks.
Knut was happiest spending time with his grandchildren. He was Papa Knut, Pa Knut and finally, Pa'Noot to them. He and Kay always dreamed of retiring in Bozeman and spent many vacations in Montana. They built a house on the foothills of the Bridgers and made that dream come true in 2009. Knut enjoyed cross-country skiing and hiking the trails of the Bridger Mountains. He especially liked to spend time at the Kartevold Ranch near Glendive with Uncle Obert. He flew from North Carolina to Montana to go to branding. He was a member of Museum of the Rockies, Sons of Norway and AOPA.
Knut is survived by his wife, Kay of Bozeman and two sons, Kris (Sharon) of Kings Bay, GA and daughters Brittany (Frank Meiklejohn) and Alicia (Brian Jones); Karl (Lisa) and daughters Samantha, Phoebe, and Lilly in Marin County, Calif.; a sister, Marit Olsen of Sweden; Father-in-law, Ed Kempton of Glendive. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Ola and Erik of Norway and mother-in-law Kora Kempton.
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at the Terry Cemetery in Terry, Mont.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Montana State University School of Engineering for student scholarships, c/o MSU Foundation, P.O. Box 172750, Bozeman, MT 59717-2750
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on July 31, 2011