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Dean Alvin Knudson
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Birth: Sep. 7, 1917
Des Moines
Polk County
Iowa, USA
Death: Dec. 4, 1979
Story County
Iowa, USA

His death leaves a void

When Dean Knudson left us, he created a void not easily filed…but after several days of reflection since his passing many observations became clear.

He was a MAN. He loved his family. He had an intense loyalty to his community and to his country. And, frankly, he had little patience with those who didn't share his passion for this loyalty. The story is told about a certain ISU coach who was complaining about Ames weather his first few days on the job.

"Young man", said Dean, "There's an airport and a train depot in Des Moines. I suggest, if you don't like it here, you head for Des Moines and you can go any direction from there, North, East, South or West." The coach stayed in Ames.

IN TALKING to others about Dean, these words constantly are heard: "Compassion," "generosity," "a true patriot," "available to help." He gave so much to this community! Success was not "making Money."

Success was helping others, behind the scenes. Most of his generosity was never publicized. That's the way he wanted it.

He left us after 62 years, young by most accounts. But his accomplishments have burned an enduring impression in this community. He will not be forgotten.

Dean A. Knudson, was a First Lt. with the original Rangers and commanded the 1st Platoon, Company B. He came to the Rangers from the 168th Inf. Div., and was then sent, with the other officers, to Carrickfergus, Ireland. He saw his first action at Arzew in North Africa: Operation Torch.

Family links: 
  Charles Alvin Knudson (1890 - 1960)
  Jessie Arvetta Wheeldon Lamb Knudson (1893 - 1976)
  Josephine Jane Booton Knudson (1918 - 2000)*
*Calculated relationship
Ames Municipal Cemetery
Story County
Iowa, USA
Created by: Jeannine (Booton) Hall
Record added: Jun 01, 2008
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Dean Alvin Knudson
Added by: Jeannine (Booton) Hall
Dean Alvin Knudson
Added by: Jeannine (Booton) Hall
Dean Alvin Knudson
Added by: Jeannine (Booton) Hall
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- Tony Cannon
 Added: Jun. 8, 2010
To a Major who served in The Iowa National Guard and as a 2ND Lt. in the 1ST "DARBY" Ranger's Batallion during WWII and was the Captain in charge who trained the 2ND Ranger Batallion for their Point De Hoic climb during the Normandy Invasion, may this Nat...(Read more)
- Lee Donald Booton
 Added: Jun. 19, 2009

- Jeannine (Booton) Hall
 Added: Nov. 6, 2008

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