Cover photo for B. MICHAEL KNUDSON's Obituary
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July 31, 1938 — February 19, 2019

Mike Knudson passed away peacefully on February 19, 2019 under Hospice care at the Luther Memorial Home in Mayville, ND. 

Bernard Michael (Mike) Knudson was born on July 31, 1938 to Bernard Julius and Myrtle Olson Knudson in Mayville, ND.

He grew up and attended school in Clifford, ND and graduated high school when he was 16 years old after skipping the fourth and sixth grades. He attended UND but left after one quarter because he said he knew more than his professors did.

He served in the National Guard for six years.

He married Geneva (Domier) Kyllo on May 19, 1961.  She brought two children into the marriage and they added three more.

He farmed the family land in Traill County by Clifford his entire life retiring in the 80s. They moved into Mayville in the fall of 1976 he lived until entering the nursing home on February 8.

He was a lifetime member of the NRA, served on the Clifford Farmers Elevator Board, School Board, church treasurer and 4-H leader.

He played bass guitar along with this wife and brothers-in-law in the Country Playboys band for many years.

He is survived by his wife, daughters Robin (Rick) Jack of West Fargo, ND; Cherry (Jay) Larson of St. Michael, MN; Shawn (Kathy) Knudson of Clifford, ND; and Randy (Deb) Kyllo of Clifford, ND.  Grandchildren: Shane (Deanna) Kyllo, Chad Kyllo, Blake (Michelle) Kyllo, Trisha Coleman, Scott Coleman, Nathan Larson, Dana (Heather) Larson, Caitlyn Larson, Matthew (Brandi) Knudson, Nicholas Knudson, Ryan (Brittany) Knudson, Chase Knudson, Jamie (Sheri) Jack, Shelley (Paul) Wittrock.  Great-grandchildren: Jordan Sherva, Jax Kyllo, Bridger Kyllo, Blayke & Brynn Larson, Rylie, Jaylin & Reese Knudson, Jace Lyste,  Chayton & Trayvon Knudson, Trinity Jack, Jordan Stenson, Christian (Becca) Rieger, Casey, Nicholas & Shawn Christopherson, Brooke, Corinne & Hunter Wittrock.  Sisters: Ardis Haaland, Margaret Rice; Brothers-in-law Dennis (Paulette) Domier and Glen Roberts, Sister-in-law Carol Domier and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Deborah Kyllo, brother Paul Knudson, sister Betty Roberts, brothers-in-law Wayne Domier, David Domier, Harold Thuen, Daniel Viken, John Rice; sisters-in-law Elaine Viken and Ione Thuen.

Mike loved his family, farm, music & his little dog, Gizmo.

Funeral service is set for 11:00 on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Bruflat Lutheran Church in Portland, ND.  Gathering of friends and family will be held Friday, February 22 from 5-7 pm at Baker Funeral Home in Mayville, ND.

Interment at a later date.

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