Avon A Gathering of Family and friends will be held between 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at the Daniel Funeral Home in?St. Joseph, for Ronald W. Knutson, age 78, of Avon, who died on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, surrounded by his family at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Ron was born on Oct. 18, 1935, in Milwaukee, Wis. He was raised on a farm near Frost. He was inducted into the United States Army on Jan. 10, 1955, at Fort Hamilton, N.Y., and was honorably discharged on Oct. 18, 1956, when he returned to Minnesota. He then married Kay Lyon in 1958, and they had four children. They lived in Burnsville and Ron worked for Sperry Univac. He later married Claudia Gilmore and they had two children. They lived in Lakeville and Shakopee.Things he liked to do included computer time, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was curious, loving, quiet joker who didn't like being the center of attention. He also challenged himself daily to figuring out what made things work.
He is survived by his children, Sherri (Rich) Pfannenstein, Janae (Larry) Kragero, Mike Knutson,?Jeff (Teresa) Knutson, Daniel Knutson, and Brent Knutson; grandchildren, Josh, Katie, Ryan, Ben, Kiley, Jacob, and Grace; and his special friend, Kay Reardon.
Ron was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Ted and Ida Knutson; and his mother, Arlene Lowry.
Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud was in charge of arrangements.