Amil Carl Knudsen of Mount Vernon died at home, surrounded by his family, on May 4 at the age of 90. He was born in Scottsdale, MI to Karl and Laura Knudsen on March 24, 1920. He is survived by Gloria, his wife of 28 years, 8 children: Adele (Don) Crownover, Vicki (Lloyd) Hedlund, Loretta (Rob) Gohd, Cristi (Hugh) Flanary, Becki (Cordy) Ketchum, Curt (Bonnie) Knudsen, Juli (Reggie) Nelson and Janet (Jon) Nevitt; 18 grandchildren, 33 great-grand children and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Amil attended Burlington Edison High School (class of 1937), Skagit Valley College, and Washington State University. He served in the Army from 1942 to 1946, attaining the rank of sergeant. After leaving the service, Amil worked briefly for Alaska Packers Association in Chignik, AK, and then began his long career in the processed food business beginning at Pictsweet Foods, Mount Vernon, WA in 1947. From 1956 to 1962, he worked for General Foods, White Plains, NY, but then returned to Skagit Valley as Vice President of Sales for Twin City Foods, Stanwood, WA, where he remained until retiring in 1982.
Amil was passionate about his family and an enthusiastic supporter of the BEHS Tigers and WSU Cougars and took every opportunity to encourage and watch his children and grandchildren participate in sport and community activities.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Helga Bell, brother, Paul Knudsen, and first wife, Barbara Knudsen. He was a lifetime member of the BPOE.
A celebration of Amil's life will be held at Bethany Covenant Church, 1318 South 18th Street, Mount Vernon at 1:00 pm on May 22nd. Donations in his memory can be made to the Mount Vernon Kidney Dialysis Center, 1415 East Kincaid, Mount Vernon, WA
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on May 11, 2010.