Ralph M. Knutson

Ralph M. Knutson, 86, of Vermillion, passed away Monday, Sept. 6, 2010 at the Sanford Vermillion Hospital.

Ralph was born April 22, 1924 in Glenville, MN to John and Louise (Aanerud) Knutson.  He graduated from Emmons High School in Emmons, MN in 1942 and entered the Army Air Force in 1943. He served during WWII as a gunner in a B17, and was discharged in 1945.

Ralph married Fern Wooledge on July 5, 1947 in Albert Lea, MN. He worked in the custodial department at the University of South Dakota for nine years, retiring in 1996.

He was a lifetime member of the Vermillion VFW and a member of the Concordia Lutheran Church in Vermillion.

He is survived by his wife Fern of Vermillion; children and grandchildren, Michael Knutson of Vermillion, Judy (Jeff) Holtan of Scottsbluff, NE, Jolene (Jerry) Hubert of Vermillion, Alisa Knutson of Sioux City, IA and Cain Knutson of Vermillion, Sherman, John, Jennifer, Rebecca, Richard, Halie, Sydney and Maize Lu; and two great-grandchildren, Kieran and Sara; a brother, Archie (Marguerite) Knutson of Glenville, MN, two nephews, Glenn Citurs and Andrew Knutson, and a niece, Mary Knutson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Earl; and a sister, Junice Citurs.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 at the Concordia Lutheran Church in Vermillion. His body is being donated to the University of South Dakota Medical School. Interment will be at a later date in the Round Prairie Lutheran Cemetery, in Glenville, MN.

Online condolences and obituary: hansenfuneralhome.com.

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