Herbert Oliver Ludvig Knutsen

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Herbert Oliver Ludvig Knutsen

Herbert Oliver Ludvig Knutsen, 77, passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at Hillside Manor, Missoula, MT in the loving presence of his wife, Sandra. He was born on September 3, 1933 in Everett, WA to Leif and Inga Knutsen, Herb was the seventh of ten children. He was an alumnus of Everett High School (1951) and Western Washington College in Bellingham, WA (1955) and Herb served in the U.S. Army before attending Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN graduating in 1962. Herb married Sandra Jean Peterson in 1961. In 1962 they moved to the prairies of eastern Montana. Herb served his entire ministry in Montana, from McCabe to Bonner, Plentywood, Belgrade, Bigfork and Sunburst, retiring in 1997.
Herb was a kind, gentle person who was very accepting of others and demonstrated deep compassion in his work and personal life. He wrote poetry, often to summarize a sermon. Many people have poems he wrote for weddings and funerals. He also enjoyed watercolor painting and calligraphy. In Bonner he was president of Concerned Citizens for Constructive Change and was a Democratic state committeeman from Missoula County. In Plentywood he helped establish Glenwood Group Home. He also became an Emergency Medical Technician and volunteered on the ambulance.
Herb was preceded in death by his parents, Leif and Inga; brothers, Elmer, Lawrence, Wil, Leif and Richard; and sisters, Olive Helfenberger and Iris Tompkins.
He is survived by his loving wife, Sandra Jean; sisters, Ruth Sundseth and Sheila Knutsen; daughters, Cynthia Ann Knutsen and Charlotte Marie Knutsen (Kelly Nicklay); son, Joel William Knutsen (Jennifer); grandchildren, Samuel Knutsen Saroff and Suzanne Marie Saroff, Emily Marie Lee and Victoria Delores Nicklay, Saige Amber Knutsen, David Lawrence Knutsen and Ana Daria Rodriguez Knutsen; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Barbara Peterson; and numerous nieces nephews and cousins.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, April 19 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Missoula.



Published in The Herald (Everett) on May 8, 2011
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