Dale Lester Knutson

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Dale Lester Knutson
Dale Lester Knutson, 69, of Cumberland died surrounded by his family on Friday, October 6, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. He was born October 20, 1947 in Cumberland to Lester and Ellen (Avery) Knutson. He was married in Cumberland on October 4, 1969 to Toniann Cifaldi.
He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Toniann; four children: Kelly (Glenn) Poole of Normal, IL, Lisa (Brad) Burke of Bellbrook, OH, Brent (Krista) Knutson of Cumberland and Kevin Knutson of Minneapolis; grandchildren: Brittany, Brianna and Bridget Poole, Brandon and Abby Rowe, Alexa, Connor, Riley and Cooper Burke, Isaiah Patrin, Elliot and August Knutson; his brother Dean (Judy) Knutson of Forest Lake, MN; his sister, Sonja (Gary) Fitzgerald of Cumberland; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Dale fondly remembered attending Stanfold School through eighth grade before graduating from Cumberland High School in 1965.  He attended UW-River Falls before following his passion for mechanics graduating from Dunwoody Institute in 1969.
Dale served our country in the United States Army Security Agency from 1970-1972 and was stationed in Massachusetts and Germany.  He and Toniann enjoyed traveling  most of Europe together during their time there.
Dale believed in serving the community where he lived and contributed in countless ways. He was an active member of the Cumberland Jaycees serving in various roles including president.  He started a bowling program for youth and inspired Cumberland’s first Fourth of July celebration.  Dale served on the City Council for 25 years serving as an alderman, president of the council, and the public works chairman.  In 2003, he received the Community Member of the Year Award from the Cumberland GAP. He was active in Barron County 4-H since his youth, volunteered with the tractor safety program for 25 years, and inspired each of his children to be active 4-H members. In 2001 Dale and his family were awarded the Barron County 4-H Family of the Year.
Dale was never afraid of a hard day’s work and it was his passion. In 1980 he started Knutson Excavating and was very proud of the work he did and always enjoyed a challenging job.
When he wasn’t working (which wasn’t often), he enjoyed playing bridge, camping, doing crosswords and sudoku. He took special pleasure in passing on his love for games, puzzles and problem solving to his children and grandchildren.
He will always be remembered for his “unique” sense of humor and his ability to bring laughter to even the toughest situations. His optimism and perseverance during his 25-year battle with cancer are a testament to his strength, will to live, and love for life.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM Friday; October 13, 2017 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Father Tom Thompson officiating and burial with full military honors following at St. Anthony Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Tom Lingen, Tom Bents, Bob Skinner, Jim Cotone, Barry Coil, Steve Bowen.
Visitation (and honorary retirement party) will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Thursday and for one  hour prior to Mass at the church.
Skinner Funeral Home of Cumberland is serving the family.



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