Robert Charles (Bob) KNUTSON M.D.
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Beloved Dad, "Boppa", Uncle, and Friend Age 91, of St. Paul, MN Died peacefully on June 26, 2013. Preceded in death by his wife Eleanor Gray Knutson, his son John Russell Knutson (Cate Murphy), his mother Katherine, his father Charles, his brother Frank, and his grandniece Renee Hurtgen. He is survived by his son Robert C. Knutson, Jr., his daughters Harriette (Cookie) Jandric (Frank) and Nancy Stendahl (Allen), 10 grandchildren: Lindsay Knutson (engaged to Bob Bejblik), Charlie Knutson, Tracy Knutson, Jessica Jandric Tickner (Josh), Peter Jandric (engaged to Katherine Mezzano), Kate Knutson and Jack Knutson (children of John and Juli Knutson), Lea Stendahl, Bryan Stendahl, and Mark Stendahl, 3 great-granddaughters: Flora Bejblik, and Ellie and Hazel Tickner, and 4 nieces: Kris Knutson Merrifield, Cindy Knutson Merrifield, Kathy Knutson Hurtgen, and Suzie Knutson Sullivan. Born in Rolf, IA, Feb. 7, 1922, he spent his childhood in Blue Earth, MN. After graduating from the U of M Medical School in 1946, he served an internship at St. Louis City Hosp., two yrs. in the Army Medical Corps at Fitzsimons General Hosp. in Denver, and trained as a Fellow in Anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic where he was elected to membership in Sigma Xi. He then became Head of the Dept. of Anesthesiology at St. Luke's Hosp. in St. Paul. During this time, he also conducted pioneering research in electrical anesthesia. He subsequently was a founding partner of Associated Anesthesiologists where he practiced at Miller, St. Luke's, United, Children's, St. Joseph's, and Shriner's Hospitals until he retired in 1987. He was a longtime member of The House of Hope Presbyterian Church, serving as Elder, Trustee, and President of the Board of Trustees. He was devoted to all music and the arts, especially painting. He studied classical realism for 20 yrs. at Atelier Lack and created many beautiful landscapes, still lifes, and portraits of family and friends. He played tennis and golf alongside his beloved Ellie and truly loved all of nature's wonders. He was a generous and kind man with a genuine interest in everyone and everything. He will be dearly missed. Sincere thanks to the dedicated, caring staff at Waverly Gardens in North Oaks. A memorial service and reception will be held at The House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3rd. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Parkinson's Foundation or ALS Association.




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Published in Pioneer Press from Jun. 29 to Jun. 30, 2013.
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January 29, 2014
Bob, was the kindest and most helpful person in my quest of information concerning my great aunt Harriette Gray his wife's paternal grandmother. Thanks to his family for sharing.
Bill Boggess
December 16, 2013
I just heard the news of Bobs passing. He and Ellie were good Sunfish Lake, Somerset and just all around good friends. I think of him fondly and with loving friendship, Carolyn DeCoster
July 3, 2013
The Chambers family has the Knutsons in their hearts. Clarke (of Blue Earth) has been telling wonderful stories of a life-long friendship with Bob.
Sarah Chambers
July 2, 2013
Our deepest condolences to the entire Knutson family. We'll always remember Dr. Bob for his warmth and bountiful talents; a true Renaissance Man! Blessings to you all.
Bill and Molly Park
July 1, 2013
I know Mom welcomed Bob into heaven last Wed. Peace be with you all.....especially my Dearest brother Bucky.....Love, Patty
Patricia Annis
June 30, 2013
Nancy, you have many wonderful memories of your Dad. Some you will share, and some you will tuck away in your heart. But we know you will cherish all of them. Carol and Bill Cole (Granbury, TX)
June 30, 2013
My his light shine on
June 29, 2013
Cookie,
So many wonderful memories of your Dad and his gregarious nature. Tales from my Dad of "over the operating table" conversations. Breakfast rides, talks of painting and art ... he was a treasure and the memories will always be that. A wonderful treasure. Thinking of you and sending hugs to all. Helen Owens
Helen Owens
June 29, 2013
Dear Knutson Family...I was so sad to hear of Dr. Bob's passing. He was such an inspiration to so many. I had many wonderful get together's with him for lunches at North Oaks,House of Hope Church, the Opera or just through e-mails. He will be missed by many.
God Bless you all, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.
Dianne Smith
June 29, 2013
Dear Bob, Cookie and Nancy -
I have lovely memories of these well-loved people . . . Bob and Ellie - especially from the glory days at Somerset. And what fun it was to receive those clever Christmas cards. Truly this greatest generation will be missed. Love, Roxanne
June 29, 2013
Please accept our sincere sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

Love, Alain & Joyce Holt
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