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Burton George Knutson

August 13, 1934 — February 17, 2023

Blooming Prairie

Burton George Knutson

Burton George Knutson, age 88, of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, passed away Friday, February 17, 2023, at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield, Minnesota. Burton was born in Owatonna, Minnesota, to George and Blanche (Christianson) Knutson on August 13, 1934. He graduated in 1953, from Blooming Prairie High School. In 1958, Burton joined the U.S. Army, serving until his honorable discharge in 1959. He was united in marriage to Ardis Lind on March 28, 1965, in Minneapolis. After their marriage, Burton gained a “go-for,” as Ardis helped him on their farm, where he also raised hogs and milked cows. In his later years, Burton strictly crop farmed until retiring at age 74. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie and served on the cemetery board. He was proud to say that he was the last living Justice of the Peace of Westfield Township. Burton belonged to the American Legion and V.F.W., where he served on the honor guard for many years. He was also a Past Master of the Masonic Lodge # 123 in Blooming Prairie and a member of #344 in Forest Lake. Burton was a past member of the Sons of Norway and past Hallinglag member. He enjoyed spending his leisure time hunting, fishing, reading non-fiction books, and visiting with everyone. Burton also loved to travel with Ardis to many countries including China, Korea, Germany, and many other European countries. The couple enjoyed hosting two foreign exchange students, one from Finland, Aki Kontturi, and one from Germany, Tom Kielhborn. Both men continued to be an important part of their lives. Burton will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his special friends, Ralph (Betty Maloney) Magnusson, Dale (Diane) Magnusson, and Roger (Kathryn) Magnusson. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Blanche Knutson; and his loving wife, Ardis in November of 2022.

Services for Burton will be held at 11a.m. on Saturday, March 2nd, 2024 at First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota. Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church. Interment of Burton and Ardis will follow in the First Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Blooming Prairie. Memorials are preferred to Forest Lake Masonic Lodge. Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home in Blooming Prairie is assisting the family with arrangements.
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