Rueben Knutson, 94, Killdeer, passed away April 12, 2019, surrounded by his family at Hill Top Home of Comfort, Killdeer.
Funeral service for Rueben will be at 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Killdeer, with the Rev. Dorothy Stein officiating. Burial will follow at Dunn Center Cemetery.
Visitation for Rueben will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Killdeer, with a prayer service taking place at 6 p.m. Visitation will continue on Wednesday one hour prior to the funeral.
Rueben Alvin was born March 31, 1925, in Dunn Center, the son of K.B. ”Bert” and Martha (Knudsvig) Knutson. Growing up, he attended grade school and high school in Dunn Center, graduating in 1943. Rueben worked as a ranch hand on the Olson Ranch for several years.
On May 28, 1950, Rueben married Phyllis Olson at the Normanna Lutheran Church, Dunn Center. The couple purchased the Olson ranch and made their home north of Dunn Center. Their marriage was blessed with four children, Sharol, Linette, Dean and Gynell. Rueben was very grateful to raise his family and spend his life on his ranch.
Rueben was a man of strong faith and served as a deacon for 12 years, was a Sunday school teacher and superintendent and served on the Normanna Lutheran Church Council. He served as a board member for the West Dunn Fire District and Hope School District. Rueben was a member of Dickinson Eagles Club and North Dakota Stockmen’s Association.
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Rueben was a kind and generous soul, willing to help family and friends whenever he could. He will be remembered for his unforgettable smile and great sense of humor.
Rueben is survived by his children, Sharol Ledin, Omaha, Neb., Linette (Kent) Jesperson, Cheyenne, Wyo., Dean (Donna) Knutson, Dunn Center, and Gynell (Gene) Harris, Killdeer; six grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and countless nieces and nephews, all of which claim to be Rueben’s favorite.
He was preceded in death by his parents, K.B. and Martha Knutson; wife, Phyllis (2014); three sisters; two brothers; grandson, Cedar Harris; daughter-in-law, Norine Knutson.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.stevensonfuneralhome.com.
(Stevenson Funeral Home, Killdeer).