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John Knutson

PEQUOT LAKES — John Knutson, age 74, of Pequot Lakes, passed away Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at his home after a four year battle with esophageal cancer. John was born to John and Mary Knutsen on Feb. 28, 1938, in Brainerd. He grew up in Ideal Corners and graduated from Pequot Lakes High School. He married Jane Erickson in 1982. John was an expert trapper, hunter and fishing guide. He worked for Potlatch, the DNR and Pine River High School.

John is survived by his wife, Jane Erickson; daughter, Sherrie Messerschmidt (Bob), of Cincinnati; sons, Ken Knutson, of Big Lake, John Knutson, of Duluth; sister, Sandy Buschmann (Larry), of Breezy Point; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and close hunting buddy, Steve Silk.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Kline Funeral Home Pequot Lakes. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services. Interment will be in Pelican Woods Cemetery Breezy Point. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes.