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Gordon W. Knott, 94

Gordon W. Knott, born Oct. 3, 1918, in rural Hudson, passed away on Aug. 23, at his home, surrounded by his family.

Gordon was born on the family farm, in the house his grandfather built, to Nickolas and Matilda (Schwitzer) Knott. He attended a one-room school on County Road N for most of his education. During this time he farmed with his mother and brother, neighbors, and hired help. He later took classes on welding and electrical work at the River Falls Normal School. He followed conservation practices as he cared for the land and his animals throughout his life. On May 27, 1945, he married Marie Knefelkamp Denninger. To this union was born a son and two daughters.

He cherished his time thinking in his shop creating some of the first self-unloading wagons and various other tools to make farming easier. He was always willing to help neighbors with repairs. He made sure his farm equipment was in good running condition. His good math and carpenter skills lead him to remodel his barn in the 1940s and his house in the 1960s. He was great help to the kids whenever they took on projects. In between times, he fashioned picture frames, clocks, and treasured rocking horses from the wood harvested from his wood lot. Gordon was a good husband and father, creating happy memories for his family and friends. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, and playing cards and other games. He loved to have people stop.

He was preceded in death by his father; mother; brothers Harry and Albert; sisters Edna and Baby Knott; his son Alvin Denninger; grandson Larry Persells; and nephew David Knott.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Marie; son Jerry (Melanie) Knott; daughters, Gloria Knott; Judith (Jim) Hansen Jorgenson and Mary (Dwaine) Persells; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Bess Knott; niece Kathy Knott; great-nephews, Kevin Knott, Kory (Shauna) Knott; and great-great-niece and -nephew, Zoe and Garrett Knott.

A memorial visitation will be held from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Teens For Christ, 538 Old Highway 35, Hudson, with a memorial service at 6:30 p.m. Private interment will be in the German Settlement Cemetery in Troy Township.

Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.

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