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Norman Duane Knutson

August 12, 1934 ~ May 25, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Norman Knutson Obituary

Norman D. Knutson, age 88, was welcomed home into the loving arms of his Savior Jesus Christ
on May 25, 2023, after a courageous battle with Lewy Body Dementia.

Norman was born in Colfax, Wisconsin, to Alfred and Hilda Knutson on August 12, 1934, and
graduated from Colfax High School in 1952. Shortly after graduation, he joined the Army and
was proud to serve his country while stationed in Germany and France. Norman was one of the
first students to graduate from the Eau Claire Institute of Technology and continued with
additional studies to become a Certified Public Accountant. On December 27, 1958, Norman
married the love of his life, Coryne Barstad, in Eau Claire, and they celebrated 64 years of
marriage. They enjoyed taking road trips throughout the years, especially after retirement,
including an extended dream vacation to Alaska. Together they raised three children- Todd,
Amy and Heidi.

An outdoorsman to the core, Norman loved to spend time "up north" and preferred taking the
backroads whenever possible. He loved hunting and fishing trips with Todd, his brothers, and
friends. He experienced much joy working outdoors or putzing and tinkering in his garage. The
family cabin on the Minong flowage was a frequent summer vacation spot, and in later years, a
more rustic hunting cabin near Dairyland, Wisconsin, became his destination of choice. Known
as the "Wildernest", Knutson family reunions were often hosted there, and this is where he
introduced his grandchildren to his love of the land along with family hikes, hayrides, campfires,
and games. Over his lifetime, Norman planted thousands of trees on his land, always working to
improve the wildlife habitat there. He also loved spending time on the water, especially taking
his family out for long pontoon rides and canoeing.

Norman was an honorable man, and he was respected by all who knew him. His faith was very
important to him, and he was a long-time member of Colfax Lutheran Church. Known for his
ready smile, storytelling, personal letter writing, and willingness to help others, he will be
deeply missed by his family and friends.

Norman is survived by his wife Coryne, son Todd (Nancy), and daughters Amy Bogan (Craig) and
Heidi Gunderson (Trevor), as well as seven grandchildren: Derek (Nikky), Alex, Abby (Jared),
Kaitlyn (Clif), Emma (Micah), Chloe, Sophie, and four great grandchildren: Madeleina, Atlas,
Jovianna, and Cambrea. He is also survived by eight siblings: Betty Dodge, Russell Knutson
(Ann), Darline Thompson (Jim), David "Buck" Knutson (Mary), Rich Knutson (Becky), Carol Boyd
(Michael), Larry Knutson (Karen) and Nancy (Jim Arnold); and brothers-in-law Gust Fehr and
John Barstad. Norman had a large extended family and is survived by many nieces, nephews
and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his infant daughter Kristen Kay, parents Alfred and Hilda Knutson,
in-laws Clifford and Gladys Barstad, sisters Arla Valdovinos, Donna Fehr and Anna Dyrdal,
brothers-in-law Rodrigo Valdovinos, Byron Dodge, Donovan Dyrdal, Ronald Finley, Dr. Emil
Schulz, Leland "Tip" Hoyt, and James Johnson, sisters-in-law Joan Johnson, Mary Hoyt, Connie
Schulz and Carolyn Barstad.

A memorial service for Norman will be held on Thursday, June 1, 2023 at Colfax Lutheran
Church in Colfax, Wisconsin, at 12 noon with a dinner served afterward in the church
fellowship hall. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 pm at
Sampson Funeral Home, Colfax, and 11 am at the church on June 1. A private family
interment will be held at a later date at the Northern Wisconsin Veteran's Memorial
Cemetery, Spooner, Wisconsin. Online condolences may be left for Norman's family at Arrangements were entrusted to Sampson Funeral Home in Colfax, Wisconsin.

Memorials made in lieu of flowers will be designated by the family to honor Norman's life and memory. The family wishes to thank The Deerfield and Westfields Hospital, both of New Richmond, for their exceptional, tender loving care of Norman over the past few weeks and months.

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May 31, 2023

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sampson Funeral Home
1017 Railroad Avenue
Colfax, WI

June 1, 2023

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Colfax Lutheran Church
601 River St.
Colfax, WI 54730

Memorial Service
June 1, 2023

12:00 PM
Colfax Lutheran Church
601 River St.
Colfax, WI 54730


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