Roland M. Knuttila, 84, of Perham, died Jan. 3, 2013 of a heart attack. Resurrection Mass was held on Jan. 7, at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Perham with Father Matthew Kuhn officiating. Burial was in St. Henry's Catholic Cemetery.
Roland was born on Jan. 26, 1928. His parents were Jalmer T. Knuttila and Mayme M. (Mickkula) Knuttila. Mayme passed away in 1932. Jalmer's parents, John and Marie helped take care of the children until Jalmer married Ruth L. Kimball in 1935. Roland was born in Menahga, Minn., and moved to Perham in 1939 where he lived the rest of this life. He attended Perham grade school and high school, graduating in 1946. While in high school he participated in football and track where he excelled in both. After high school, he went to business school in Fargo, N.D. He enlisted in the Army in February of 1947 and was honorably discharged in 1949. After his time in the Army, Roland worked for his dad at the John Deere business in Perham. On Nov. 7, 1949, Rolly married Luella D. Peleske at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Perham. Some years later, Roland and his two brothers purchased the John Deere and marine business from their father. They were in business until 1980. Later Rolly joined Physician's Mutual Insurance Company. He sold insurance for 20 years until he retired in 2003.
Rolly is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Lu; his two daughters, Marcia Knuttila of Thief River Falls, Minn. and Lynee (Tom) Heuring of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; three sons, Steve (JoAnne) of Detroit Lakes, Minn., Gery of Dead Lake, Minn. and Glenn of Perham; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Marvin and Norman; and one sister, Karen Gebhardt.
Preceding Rolly in death are his parents; one brother, Jerome; one sister, Janet Schroeder; two sons, Jeffrey and Jon; and one daughter-in-law, Kristine (Frank) Knuttila.
Arrangements were with Schoeneberger Funeral Home, Perham. For online condolences, go to www.schoenebergerfuneralhome.com.