John Vincent Knudsen, a resident of Colorado Springs, passed away unexpectedly on August 15, 2012. John was born February 10, 1956 in Fort Ord, CA. Being born into a military family provided John opportunity to move to many different parts of the country as well as several years in Europe during his youth. These years of traveling, seeing new places, meeting new people, and experiencing new things continued to influence John throughout the remainder of his life. John worked construction and as a long distance truck driver moved around the country often, though Colorado was always home. John was a bit of a gypsy, never knew a stranger and was extremely resilient. John will be most remembered for his big heart and gentle soul, his love for his family, and his ability to persevere through the most difficult of challenges. John's love for his dogs is legendary. You never saw John without one of his longtime canine companions Reuben, Rusty or Booger Ray. No matter what hard times John may have encountered, you knew his canine friends would always have the best of care. John leaves to cherish his memory his family in Colorado Springs, Parents-Clifford and Claudia Knudsen, Siblings-Charlotte (Gary) Nolan, Cliff Knudsen, Christine Vigo, Janice (Brian) Mcintyre, Nephews-Justin and Nicholas Mcintyre, Nieces-Christa (Branden) Puglisi, Taya Knudsen, Serenity Puglisi. Family and friends spread all across the country will forever carry fond memories of John or Johnny as he was known growing up. Preceded in death he was greeted into loving arms with warm hugs by his Grandparents Jack and Beryl Parker, Laurence and Marie Knudsen. A celebration of life will take place at 1:30pm on August 26, 2012 at America Beautiful Park. Contributions in John's name may be made to The Marion House (Food only) 14 West Bijou St. Colorado Springs, Co 80903.
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Published in The Gazette on Aug. 24, 2012