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Pete Knutson, 76, passed away Thursday, June 19, 2014, at his home in Clyde Park, Mont.
Memorial services will take place Thursday, June 26th at 2 p.m. at American Lutheran
Church (129 S F St.) in Livingston. Interment will follow the service; followed by a potluck
reception at the Shields Valley Community Center (Miles Ave.) in Clyde Park.
Pete was born on November 7, 1937, in Dawson, Minn. He was the son of
Reuben and Dorinda Knutson. He attended school in both Dawson, Minn and
Miles City, Mont, graduating from Miles City High School in 1955.
On December 26, 1960, he married Karen Mosher of Augusta, Mont. They
divorced many years later after raising three children: Kim, Stephen
Pete was a rancher who loved the cattle business. A self-taught
auctioneer, he auctioned many years at livestock auctions and estate
sales, mainly in Montana but throughout much of the West. He served as
Park County Commissioner from 1977-84. Pete was an active member of
the ELKS Chapter in Livingston. In 1956-57, he served as Western
Region National FFA Vice-President in which he toured the US promoting
youth in agriculture and fondly remembered meeting President Harry
During high school, Pete met Clyde Sullivan who became his mentor in
the cattle business. Pete loved ranching. He knew his cattle extremely
well and held a registered bull sale for many years. He was a longtime
supporter of Montana State University contributing to their
Steer-A-Year program and especially enjoyed MSU football.
Pete loved the majestic mountains of Montana and always referred to it
as God's country. Seeing his grandchildren always brightened his day.
Pete is survived by his children: Kim Knutson of Wilsall; Stephen of
Los Angeles, Calif. and Scott of Helena, wife Jennifer, their two children
Jack and Samantha. He has two sisters: Phyllis Johnson of Billings and
Sharon Swanson of Las Vegas, Nev. Also nieces, a nephew, cousins, many
other relatives and friends.
Pete is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Chuck.
Interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery where he will be buried
next to his mother and brother.
The family extends their gratitude for all the years of love and support. In lieu of
flowers, please consider a donation to the Shields Valley FFA Alumni or the Shields
Valley Community Center.
Arrangements are under the direction of Franzen-Davis Funeral Home,
Livingston. Online condolences are available at franzen-davis.com
Franzen-Davis Funeral Home & Crematory
118 North Third Street
Livingston, MT 59047
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 22, 2014