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Herman J. Knutson

Herman J. Knutson

Herman J. Knutson, 90, of Wessington Springs died Monday evening August 26, 2013 at the Prairie View Care Center in Woonsocket, SD. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 am Saturday August 31, 2013, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church with Rev. John Paulson officiating. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery with military rites by the Willman-Fee American Legion Post 14 and the South Dakota Nation Guard Honor Guard. Friends may call at the Basham Funeral Home Friday from 5-7 and at the church on Saturday one hour prior to the service. A prayer service will be held at 7:00 pm.

Herman Joseph Knutson was born on September 28, 1922, to Oscar and Flora (Grant) Knutson at Wessington Springs, SD. They lived on a farm south of Wessington Springs until March 1, 1930. They moved into Wessington Springs. Herman attended all his schooling in Wessington Springs. He worked for several farmers in the area. In 1942 he started farming for himself and working part time for other farmers in the area. In 1944, Uncle Sam called and on June 4, 1944, he entered the US Navy serving two years in the Ship Repair Unit, serving aboard two different repair ships - one the Destroyers USS Eaton DD510 in the Pacific - also at ship repair at San Diego, CA and at ship repair Pascagoula, MS.

Upon his discharge, he was able to buy a new Model A John Deere tractor and started farming again.

On January 14, 1948, Herman was united in marriage to Jennie VonEye at Platte, SD. They moved to a farm in south Hand County. They attended the Ebenezer Baptist Church in south Hand County. In June 1953, they both accepted the Lord Jesus as their personal savior and were baptized at which time they became members of Ebenezer Baptist Church. When the church closed, their memberships transferred to Immanuel Baptist Church in Wessington Springs.

On March 1, 1955, they bought a farm in northwest Jerauld County and bought additional land in 1972 living there for 38 years. They spent 45 years working together, making a living and raising a family before retiring and moving to Wessington Springs on November 1, 1993.

Herman and Jennie raised three children - Christine, Joyce and Raymond.

Herman and Jennie went on several bus trips to most of the USA, and Canada, Hawaii and also took a Caribbean Cruise. They also wintered in Arizona for 20 years.

Herman's hobbies were gardening, fishing, wood crafting and making jewelry using silver and nickel silver while mounting turquoise and other colorful stones.

Those left to cherish his memories are his three children Christine Schleining (Bill Spannring) of Livingston, MT, Joyce (Dan) Piehl of Mitchell, SD, and Raymond (Kim) Knutson of Huron, SD; one brother Walter Knutson of Michigan; seven grandchildren Kim (John) Sieler of Chicago, ILL, Lea (Shane) Fairchild of Clyde Park, MT, David (Christy) Speck of Churchill, MT, Heath Koth of Mitchell, SD, Michael Koth of Sioux Falls, SD, Samantha Piehl of Mitchell, SD, Nicholas (Janeel) Knutson of Huron, SD; seven great grandchildren Jared and Samantha Sieler, Michael Speck and Jennifer Fairchild, Adam and Alexandra Speck, and Hayzleigh Knutson; including two sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding in his death: his wife Jennie, his parents, two brother, one sister, one sister-in-law and one brother-in-law.