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Rollan Axel Knudson

July 14, 1924 — October 14, 2015

Rollan Axel Knudson, 91, of Portland, ND passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at the Luther Memorial Home in Mayville, ND. Rollan was born July 14, 1924, at Union Hospital in Mayville, to Axel and Alida (Finell) Knudson of rural Portland. Rollan grew up on the family farm, attended country school at Primrose #4, and was baptized and confirmed at Perry Lutheran Church. Rollan entered the Army Air Force in 1944 and was stationed in Corpus Cristi, Texas. After his tour of duty, he returned home to the family farm where he worked with his father and brothers. Farming was his passion. He also worked for Steele County for several years driving road grader. On November 28, 1981 Rollan married Marion Peterson at Gran Lutheran Church. Rollan was very dedicated to his family and thoroughly enjoyed time spent with them. For special occasions involving nieces, nephews, grandchildren, extended family, and friends, Rollan was sure to be there. Rollan was a member of the American Legion, the Sons of Norway, and Gran Lutheran Church. Some of his favorite pastimes included bowling, Pinochle, and Carrom. Rollan is survived by his wife: Marion of Portland; children: Dennis (Sheri) Peterson, Mayville, ND; Bob (Sue) Peterson, Mayville, ND; Cal (Sharon) Peterson, Mayville, ND, and John (Paula) Peterson, Portland, ND; his brothers Kenard (Loretta) Knudson, Portland, ND; and Gilman (Carolyn) Knudson, Portland, ND; his sisters Genevieve (Charles) Kullhem, Aitkin, MN, and Mary Ann (Ed) Gunderson, Fargo, ND. Grandchildren: Jordan (Katie), Brody (Erin), Colby (Randy Scott) Schaley, Sally (Chuck) Klabo, Mandy (Brian) Harrison, Brett (Lindsay), Ross (Trista), Derek (Jeni), Ryan (Ashley), Joshua (Ashley), Amanda (Johnny) McGrath, Joel, Alyssa, and Lucas; Nieces and nephews: Caroline (Bill) Brown, Gloria Paulbeck, Rodger Nelson, Ordean Knudson, David (Teri) Nelson, Kari Knudson, Heidi Gunderson, Scott (LeAna) Gunderson, Kipp Knudson, Lenee Knudson, and Rachel Knudson; 17 great grandchildren, and 19 great nieces and nephews. Rollan is preceded in death by his parents Axel and Alida Knudson, his sister Alvia Knudson, brothers-in-law Abner Knudson and Richard Nelson, and niece Lisa Knudson. Visitation: Will be from 5–7 PM with a 7 PM Public Prayer Service on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at the Baker Funeral Home Chapel and will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Funeral Service: 10:30 AM Monday, October 19, 2015 at the Mayville Lutheran Church in Mayville, ND. Military Honors: May~Port Honor Guard & ND Military Funeral Honors Burial: Will be at the Gran Cemetery, Mayville, ND.
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