Walter Knudsen, 92, formerly of Brookings, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at Valley View Assisted Living in Long Prairie, Minn.
A graveside service is at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Pioneer Lutheran Cemetery in White with the Rev. Terri Johnson officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Stein Chapel in Long Prairie.
Walter Knudsen was born on Aug. 28, 1920 in Bruce to Einer and Ann Marie (Nelson) Knudsen. He graduated from Brookings High School in 1940. Walter married Irene Thompson on Nov. 10, 1943, and together they farmed near Bruce. Walter was inducted into the U.S. Army in February 1945 and was part of the invasion force going to Japan when the atomic bomb was dropped, ending the war. Following his honorable discharge in 1946, Walter and Irene eventually moved to Minneapolis, and Walter started work with the U.S. Postal Service in 1957. Irene M. Knudsen died in 1982. After his retirement in 1984, Walter married to Irene E. Hetland on Dec. 1, 1984, and they settled in Long Prairie. Together they enjoyed taking trips to Texas during the winter. Walter also enjoyed fishing, taking drives in the country, and playing cribbage. He also made regular trips to the casino. Walter lost Irene E. Knudsen in 2005.
Walter was a member of American Legion Post No. 12 and the 40 & 8 club. He participated for many years with the Legion’s color guard, providing honors for his fallen comrades.
Walter is survived by his sons, Allan (Linda) Knudsen of Champlin, Minn., and Kevin (Jackie) Knudsen of Falls Church, Va.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wives Irene M. and Irene E. Knudsen; twin sons, Wallace and Paul, and son, Gary Knudsen; brother, Svend Knudsen; and sister, Betty Thompson.
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