Knutson, Landis F. Age 80, of Brookfield, was called to his creator on November 17, 2010. Beloved husband of Lois (nee Kies) for 58 years. Loving father of Gil (Sherry) and Chad (Stacy). Proud grandpa of Andy, Robby, Molly, KC, and Eric. He is further survived by his sister Eunice (Eldron) Temby, and numerous nieces and nephews. Landis was preceded in death by his parents Murle and Edna, brother Harold, and twin brother Lyle. Landis was born April 5, 1930, in Wolf Hollow, WI. His family moved from the family farm to Platteville, WI for his high school years, where Landis met his future wife, Lois. After graduation he enrolled in the Platteville State Teachers College. In 1952, Landis enlisted in the US Army and served in the American Graves Registration Group in southern Japan during the Korean Conflict. Landis and Lois were married in 1952, prior to his leaving for Japan. Upon fulfilling his military commitment in 1954, Landis returned to Platteville and completed his teaching degree. He began his teaching career in Lodi, WI in 1954. In 1955, he accepted a teaching position with the newly formed Elmbrook Schools where he remained for the next 33 years as both a teacher and principal. Upon his retirement in 1988, Landis and Lois began traveling and found a winter home in Sun City Grand, AZ. He enjoyed his winters in Arizona, especially being able to golf year round. Landis was a member of the American Legion Post 42, a member of the Wisconsin Retired Educators Association and served many years on City of Brookfield Park and Recreation Commission. Landis was devoted to his church, his family and his career as an educator and administrator. He touched the lives of many students and teachers, and they in turn touched his life. Visitation for family and friends will be at Community United Methodist Church, Elm Grove, on Sunday, November 21, from 2:30-4:30 PM, with services following at the church 4:30 PM. Private interment with Military Honors will take place at Wisconsin Memorial Park on Monday, November 22. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Elmbrook Education Foundation or Community United Methodist Church.
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Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on November 19, 2010