Douglas Knudsen, 1933-2018

Published 12:07 am Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Douglas Eugene Knudsen, 84, of Rochester passed away Thursday, June 7, 2018, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Doug was born to Ege and Mary Ellen (Kiley) Knudsen on Aug. 14, 1933, in Blooming Prairie. He was raised in Geneva and graduated from Ellendale High School in 1951. He graduated from Mankato State University in 1957. He worked at IBM in Rochester for 32 years and retired in 1992. He resided in Rochester since 1960.

Douglas Knudsen

He married the love of his life, Marian Abbott Knudsen, on Nov. 28, 1964, at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Elysian, and together they made Rochester their home.

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He enjoyed his family, traveling to warm climates — especially cruises, which he shared with his beloved wife, and working on his computer. Later in life, at the age of 80, he moved on to an iPad. He gave much of his time to St. Pius Catholic Church, working bingo, doughnut Sunday and preparing donations for the Haiti Mission. He would spend hours looking through his road atlas planning the next adventure he and Marian could go on, looking for the most interesting route to get there.

Doug is survived by his children, Robert Knudsen (Van) of San Fransisco, Charles Knudsen (Jerilyn) of Chatfield and Jane Borgen (Mark) of Rochester; grandchildren Emilee Knudsen and Kayden Borgen; along with many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 53 years, Marian; his parents; infant son, Thomas J. Knudsen; and an infant granddaughter, Alexa M. Borgen.

The family prefers memorial to Safe Haven Pet Rescue, Ronald McDonald House or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

The funeral Mass for Doug will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St Pius X Catholic Church in Rochester. The Rev. Russell Scepaniak will officiate. Burial of Doug and Marian’s cremated remains will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before the service at church on Thursday.

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