George O. Knutson Sr.


(May 4, 2007)

George O. Knutson, formerly of Powell, died Friday, May 4 at St Johns Lutheran Home, Billings Mont. He was 91.

He was born on a farm near Wakonda, S.D., on May 6, 1915, to Henry and Gunda Knutson. In the late 1930s George rode out to Montana with a cattle buyer and immediately fell in love with Montana and Wyoming.

Later, moving to Billings, he worked several jobs and eventually ended up at Sawyers Groceries. In the early 1940’s, he started “The Dutch Mill” ice cream shop in Powell. This turned out to be a great success, until the army called him to help out with WWII.

After returning, he married the love of his life, Marguerite, in Centerville, S.D., where his family and friends resided. Shortly after, they moved to Powell and started a hatchery business. In 1953 he became a salesman for Occidental Feeds in Billings. In 1955 George and family moved back to Billings as their permanent home. George became a super salesman, later selling Artsway farm equipment and a side line of household insecticides.

In Powell, he was one of the founders and organizers of the Hope Lutheran Church. In Billings, he was on the committee that arranged financing to start St Johns Lutheran Home. He was an active member of American Lutheran Church Billings and served as both church-council president and a Sunday school teacher. His Bible was read, re-read, dated, noted, bookmarked, paper-clipped, underlined, and highlighted.

He is survived by two sons of Billings, George Jr. (Linda) and Dr. Robert Knutson; two grandchildren, Robby and Katie; and a brother, Richard (Midge) of Fairfax Station, Va.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marguerite, and two brothers Charles and Floyd.

Burial will be at Mountview Cemetery, 10 a.m. Thursday, May 10. A memorial service will follow at American Lutheran Church, Thursday at noon.

Memorials may be made to American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave, Billings Mt., 59101 or to a memorial of your choice.