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Walter ‘Tex’ Knutson, 77

Walter “Tex” Landon Knutson, of Annandale, went to be with the Lord Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, after a long courageous battle with cancer .

A memorial service will take place at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato Saturday, May 3 at 1 p.m., followed by interment at Riverside Cemetery in French Lake Township.

Walter was the son of Kenneth and Ina (Simonson) Knutson, and was born Dec. 8, 1936, in Cokato.

He was raised and lived in Annandale for nearly 30 years.

He married his wife, Chere March 17, 1960, and the couple moved to LaFeria, TX in 1965. Walter, Chere and their children lived in the Lower Rio Grande Valley for nearly 20 years, where they raised cotton, citrus, and livestock.

They moved back to Annandale in 1984, to help with the family farm.

Walt was mechanical by nature and had a long career repairing everything from small engines to heavy construction equipment. He also spent several years working for Howle Industries in Annandale, in metal fabrication.

“Tex” spent his younger years, working the big stock yards in Texas, riding broncs in local rodeos, and hunting and fishing any chance he got, whether it was catching Redfish in the Gulf of Mexico, or ice fishing on one of the numerous lakes in Minnesota during the long cold winters.

A godly man with a well-worn Bible, Walt loved spending time with his grandkids; they always brought a big smile to his face. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother, and loyal friend.

In addition to his parents, Walter was preceded in death by a son, Billy Joe Knutson; and a daughter, Emmy Lue Knutson.

He is survived by his loving wife of almost 54 years, Chere Knutson; their daughter, Bobbi Jo Knutson-Saari and husband Seth, of Hartville, MO; son Brian Knutson and girlfriend Tammy, of Annandale; daughter BettyJo Minardi, Jr. and husband Angelo, of Groesbeck, TX; sister Carol Ericksen and husband, Bob, of Annandale; grandchildren Jacob Saari, Rebecca Knutson, Brandon Knutson, Montgomery MacDonald, Angelina Minardi, Jr., Elisabeth Minardi, Jr., Trinity Minardi, Jr., and Baby Minardi, Jr.; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

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