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Marvin Knuttila 1926-2013

Marvin J. Knuttila, 86, of Park Rapids, Minn., went home to be with God on Jan. 24, after a lengthy journey down the path of dementia/Alzheimers.

Marvin was born in Perham on May 30, 1926. He graduated from Perham High School, attended business school in Fargo, and served in the Army Air Force during World War II.

On Jan. 1, 1948, Marv married Mary Esther Hocke and they enjoyed 58 wonderful years together. He was well known as a farm implement salesman for John Deere and Gehl Company. He was always happiest in the outdoors enjoying hunting, fishing, and spending lake time with his family.

Marvin is survived by three children, Jerid "Jed" (Diane) Knuttila, Sharon "Shari" (Craig) Strane and Jeron "Jick" Knuttila; eight grandchildren, Jody, Jill, Dawn, Mark, Traci, Brian, Aaron and Lauren; great-grandchildren, Abby, Kennedy, Kaleb, Liam, Paige, Delaney, Emerson, Kiely, Ethan and Avery; brother, Norman Knuttila; sister, Karen (Rob) Gebhardt; brother-in-law, Tom Hocke; and many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

Preceding Marvin in death are his loving wife, Mary Esther; parents, Jalmer and Mayme Knuttila; stepmother, Ruth Knuttila; brothers, Roland and Jerome Knuttila; and sister, Janet Schroeder.

Marv will be remembered for the twinkle in his eye, his firm handshake, his strong hugs and the care he showed to all.

On Saturday, Feb. 2, friends and family are invited to share memories beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Riverside United Methodist Church in Park Rapids, followed by a memorial service at 10:30 a.m., to celebrate Marv's life. There will be a brief service in the Memorial Garden at the church for the inter-ring of ashes of Marvin and Mary Knuttila. All are invited to share fellowship with family and friends at a luncheon at the church following the services.

To leave online condolences, visit Memorials are preferred to: Allina Hospice Foundation, 333 N Smith Ave, Suite 4640, St. Paul, MN 55102.