John Knudsvig

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Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 7:43 pm

John Merle Knudsvig, 82, Clifford N.D. passed away May 27 at Sheyenne Crossings, West Fargo, N.D. peacefully with family at his side. 

John was born July 15, 1936 rural Buxton to Gerhard and Jeannette Knudsvig. At the age of four, his parents bought a farm near Clifford, N.D. where he grew up. He attended Blanchard Country School, graduated from Clifford High School in 1954, Mayville (N.D.) State College in 1958, and attained his Master’s Degree in Education from NDSU in 1964. His thesis was written on “Keeping Rural Schools Alive.” John served in the Army National Guard from 1955 to 1963. 

John met Helen Evans attending Mayville State College and they were married on June 20, 1959, Mayville Lutheran Church. They made their homes in Ayr, N.D. Argusville, N.D. and Hillsboro where he taught school, was superintendent, principal and coach. 

In 1973 they bought the Burt Burkholder farm near Clifford where they continued to raise their four children. John farmed with his brother Perry for ten years and then with his sons until his retirement. 

John was a Traill County Commissioner for 12 years, active in baseball, softball, American Legion, Clifford Elevator Board, Clifford Community Development, Norman Lutheran Church council, Sunday School teacher and exercised with friends at Move for Life. He enjoyed card games (especially Pinochle), attending his families activities and was an avid fan of the Minnesota Vikings and Twins. 

John is survived by his loving wife Helen of 59 years, daughter Kim (Kevin) Kyllo, Blanchard, three sons Eric (Linda), Paul (Kim), of Mayville, and Daniel (Karla) of West Fargo. Twelve grandchildren, Kaelin (Jamie), Jeff (Cassie), Joni (Ethan), Tamara (Matt), Melanie (Peder), Jamie (Ryan), Megan, Madisen, Braeden, Jordan, Andrew, and Alex. Eight great-grandchildren Arne, Jax, Gustav, Bryson, Sullivan, Kyla, Julia, and Myles. Brother Perry (Janice) of Clifford, sister Pearl (Don) Larson of Circle Pines, Minn., Sister-in-Law Joyce (Robert) Hahn of Fort Collin, Colo., and many nieces and nephews. 

John was preceded in death by his parents, his parents-in-law Carl and Luella Evans, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Lorrayne and Arne Bohm.

Visitation will be 5–7 p.m. Friday, May 31, 2019 with a 7 p.m. Public Prayer Service at the Baker Funeral Home Chapel in Mayville and will resume one hour prior to the service at the church.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Norman Lutheran Church in Clifford.

Burial will be in the Norman Cemetery in Clifford.

Condolences and memories can be shared at www.bakerfuneral.com. Baker Funeral Home, Mayville, N.D.

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