Douglas Eugene Knudsen
Monday, August 14, 1933
Date of Death:
Thursday, June 7, 2018
84 years old
Douglas Eugene Knudsen
Douglas Eugene Knudsen, 84, of Rochester, passed away on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.
Doug was born to Ege and Mary Ellen (Kiley) Knudsen in Blooming Prairie, MN on August 14, 1933. He was raised in Geneva, MN and graduated from Ellendale High School in 1951. He graduated from Mankato State University in 1957. He worked at IBM Rochester for 32 years, retired in 1992 and has resided in Rochester since 1960.
He married the love of his life, Marian Abbott Knudsen on November 28, 1964 at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Elysian, MN and together they made Rochester their home.
He enjoyed his family, traveling to warm climates (especially cruises which he shared with his beloved wife), and working on his computer while later in life at the age of 80 he moved on to an iPad. He gave much of his time to St. Pius Catholic Church working bingo, donut Sunday, and preparing donations for the Haiti Mission. He would spend hours looking through his road atlas planning the next adventure he and Marian could go on, looking for the most interesting route to get there.
Doug is survived by his children, Robert Knudsen (Van) of San Fransisco, Charles Knudsen (Jerilyn) of Chatfield, and Jane Borgen (Mark) of Rochester; his grandchildren, Emilee Knudsen and Kayden Borgen; along with many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 53 years Marian, his parents, an infant son, Thomas J. Knudsen; and an infant granddaughter, Alexa M. Borgen.
The family prefers memorial to Safe Haven Pet Rescue, Ronald McDonald House, or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
The Funeral Mass for Doug will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 14, 2018 at St Pius X Catholic Church in Rochester with Rev. Russell Scepaniak officiating. Burial of Doug and Marian’s cremated remains will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour before the service at church on Thursday.
The family of Douglas Eugene Knudsen has received the following condolences.
Robert, Charles, Jane and families, With Love and Sympathy to you all over the loss of your Dad and not so long ago Mom. They are back together again enjoying each other - we had fun times together with them back when I was a co-worker with Marion at Macy's - many wonderful memories going out to eat, playing games at our homes and even a cruise. You were blessed with fun loving parents - Blessed be the memories. Doris Tiedemann (Don T. deceased)
Condolences to the Knudsen family on the loss of your dad. I got to know your dad and mom over the past few years and shared a few lunches with them at the Old Country Buffet, before it closed. Both very special people who will be missed by many. I'm sure there was a pretty happy reunion when your dad and mom reunited this week. Peace and strength to all of the family.
Keith and Gail Baudoin
Las Vegas, NV.
I'm not sure who will be reading this, but, hopefully, some of Doug's family will remember me. I graduated with Doug from Ellendale in 1951 and always considered him a very dear friend. In fact, in our yearbook there is a full size picture of the two of us. Quentin, I'm sure you'll remember. And Pat (Disher) Fischer is one of my very closest friends. Always see her on a visit to MN. Fern Wayne Murphy lives in San Diego and we are very close, see each other as often as possible. I live in Folsom, CA, Sacramento area with my husband, Floyd. We will be married 57 years July 1st. I left for Hawaii in 1960 (that was the talk of the town), met Floyd there, married in 1961. He was a Californian and must say I love California. Don't miss snow and cold, but have such fond memories of MN. Unfortunately, Floyd's health is such we don't do much traveling anymore, but saw alot of the world so feel very fortunate. We have two adult children, Michelle (53) and Michael (50). Michael lives locally with his wife, has one daughter and Michelle has two sons. She is currently living in Santiago, Chile teaching English as a second language. We call her our "little gypsy", nothing she likes better than traveling and she's done alot of it with more to come. I last saw Doug when my brother died several years ago. He came to the service in Geneva and thought that was so nice of him. Such fond memories of your dear Doug. We always had such good visits at our class reunions. I've attended a few.
My deepest sympathy to all of Doug's dear family--------
To the Knudsen family: Our sincere condolences on the loss of your dad. He was a good friend, always willing to smile at a silly joke , or respond with one
of his own. We loved to share political values, and recall the old days, when life wasn't so full of aches and pains. We certainly can envision Marian greeting
him with a "honey, honey", and a big hug. May he rest in peace!
My beautiful Chuck and your family, my heart breaks because your's is also too. So many precious stories I heard from Marian and you about Doug. The few times I spoke to him, I could just tell that he one one in a million. God broke the mold when he made him. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family every day during this difficult time, please know that all of you are in my heart and take comfort in Gods hands on your shoulder as you journey forward life - he's got this. Love you so very, very much - wishing I could be there.
Chuck so sorry to hear of your father's passing. The precious memories you have made while you cared and loved him, hold dear to your heart. May God wrap his arms around you and your family and comfort you through this time.