Gerald (Jerry) R. Knutson, 78, of Floral City, Florida, died July 29, 2014, at Citrus Hospice in Lecanto. He was born February 8, 1936 in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
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He is survived by longtime companion, Anne Morgan of Floral City; daughters, Barbara Malone of Lakeland and Deann Jacobson of Rapid City, South Dakota; and former wife, Joan Knutson of Brooksville.
Jerry was a proud Norwegian by heritage; an avid motorcyclist for over 60 years; a skydiver (over 1000 jumps); an accomplished sailor (sailed for about 20 years all over the Caribbean, Atlantic and Mediterranean in a sailboat he built from the keel up); enthusiastic golfer; persistent and sometimes great dart player and an all-around mechanical wizard.
Jerry was a Veteran and served in the US Army where he was one of the original Green Berets.
After the service he completed an engineering degree and worked for IBM as a systems engineer in Rochester, Minnesota until he retired at age 47 to sail the world with a Coast Guard course on sailing and a $3 plastic sextant as he set off across the Atlantic.
His life was full of adventure, great friends, and most of all fun and good times. He was a quiet, unassuming man who would help all who needed help. He was just the kind of person we all want and need as our friend.
A special thanks to his local extended family from The Wishing Stone, IRRU, Mac's Place, and the Inverness VFW. They will give him a Norwegian sendoff in the Gulf at a date to be determined.
Many thanks for all the love and kindnesses shown by family, friends, the Citrus County Hospice of the Naturecoast and the Gainesville VA.
Jerry was loved by all and will be greatly missed.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Aug. 9, 2014