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Gordon Charles Knudtsen


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Gordon Charles Knudtsen Obituary
Gordon Charles Knudtsen

August 14, 1926 ~ September 15, 2017

Born August 14, 1926 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada to Charles Lee and Ida Dunham Knudtsen.

He moved to the United States as a child with his family and was raised in Kent, WA.

Gordon served in the United States Navy in 1944 & 1945 during World War II. Being that Gordon's father was a U.S. citizen, Gordon declared his U.S. citizenship upon going into the U.S. Navy. After serving his country in the Navy he attended the University of Washington, where he was a member of SIGMA NU Fraternity.

Gordon retired on December 31, 1989 from A.O. Smith Corporation as a District Sales Manager for Washington, Idaho & Montana.

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years Mary Lou, daughters Gale Anderson (Bob), Carol Stair (Chris), and step-son Jeffrey Fournier (tina) along with 3 grandchildren. Gordon's brother James preceded him in death. He is survived also by sister-in-law Clara Knudtsen, 3 nephews and other extended family.

Gordon and Mary Lou enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico with their truck and fifth wheel trailer. They also traveled in Europe, cruising through the Panama Canal and to Alaska. The annual get together with the family camping, was the highlight of the summers as well as camping with the "45rs" RV Club which was made up of his classmates from the class of 1945 Kent High School, Kent, Washington. They also enjoyed bicycling, snow skiing and going for long walks, spending time working in their garden enjoying every minute of being together.

Those we love do not go away. They walk beside us every day.

Unseen, unheard, but always near.

Still loved, still missed,

and forever dear.

The family would like to extend a thank you to Overlake Senior Care, Bellevue, WA for their compassionate loving care of Gordon over the last 3 and a half years, and to Evergreen Health Hospice Care of their care over the last 9 months.

A service will be held at

Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St. Kent, WA on Friday, October 6th at 2 PM,

with a celebration of life following at the Mitzel's American Kitchen-Ramada Inn in the Olympic Room, 22318 84th Ave So, Kent, WA at 3 PM.

If you would like to make a donation in honor of Gordon please make it to the Alzhimer's Association or Cancer Research.

To know him was to love him.
Published in The Seattle Times on Oct. 1, 2017
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