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Royal C. "Bill" Knutson
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Birth: Oct. 22, 1914
Canton
Lincoln County
South Dakota, USA
Death: May 26, 2012
Rapid City
Pennington County
South Dakota, USA

Royal C. "Bill" Knutson, 97, of Rapid City, died at his son's home on Saturday, May 26, 2012.

Bill was born Oct. 22, 1914 at Canton, SD in Lincoln County, the son of Clarence and Karen (Gronning) Knutson. He was raised on farms near Centerville and Sioux Falls and attended high school in those communities. He was united in marriage to Florence Mae McKee on Apr. 28, 1937 in Canton. Three children were born to this union: Carol, Roger and Marlis.

Bill worked for John Morrell in Sioux Falls for a number of years before moving to Rapid City with his family in 1941. In 1943 he was called into the service. He served in WWII from 1943 to 1945, then returned to Rapid City in 1945 and bought a farm near Black Hawk in 1948. He had a dairy there for 25 years, retired and remained on the farm until the time of his death.

He was a member of First Evangelical Free Church of Rapid City since 1946 and served as Deacon and other positions of service.

He is survived by two daughters, Carol Marso and Marlis Legner, both of Rapid City; his son, Roger (Lucille) Knutson of Rapid City; his brother, Elmo Knutson of Sun City AZ; nine grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his wife in 2008; three brothers, Olaf, Floyd and Ray; and two sisters, Lilly and Bernet.

Visitation will be at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City on Fri., June 1 from 5pm to 7pm, and then at the church for one hour before services on Saturday.

Services are set for 10:00am Sat., June 2 at the YMCA Church Building (the former First Ev. Free Church), 1124 Kansas City Street, in Rapid City, with the Rev. David Greenhood officiating. Interment will follow at Pine Lawn Memorial Park in Rapid City with military honors by VFW Post 1273 of Rapid City and the SD Army National Guard.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Clarence R Knutson (1891 - 1965)
  Karen B Knutson (1888 - 1985)
 
 Siblings:
  Olaf Magnus Aldren (1907 - 2001)**
  Burnette Swigart (1912 - 1972)*
  Floyd Conrad Knutson (1913 - 1946)*
  Royal C. Knutson (1914 - 2012)
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Pine Lawn Memorial Park
Rapid City
Pennington County
South Dakota, USA
 
Maintained by: Gail Monteith
Originally Created by: Barb Jones
Record added: Jun 01, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 91162979
Royal C. Bill Knutson
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- JARROTT P. COX
 Added: Jan. 3, 2015
 
 
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