In Memory

Ken Knutsen

Ken Knutsen

We have been advised of the passing of another classmate.  Late Friday night, KEN KNUTSEN passed away after a very long battle with his illness.  Our condolences go out to Carole and the children during this time of grief.

Ken was the consummate sportsman in our class playing football throughtout high school. He earned school letters and accolades during those years. A celebration of Ken's life is being planned.  RIP, Ken. We'll catch up to you on the other side.  ~Administrator

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03/12/18 09:23 PM #1    

James (Jim) Alden

I still have many fond memories of time spent around Bill's Dairy with Ken. When I ride up the hill on I-405 I allways report "I remember riding horses with Ken in the front pasture on this very spot", I remember winding our way down into downtown on the Fourth of July like real cowboys. RIP Ken I will remember you allways. Jim

03/13/18 09:18 AM #2    

Ruth (Mickie) Fitz (Gundersen)

Thinking about Ken brings a smile to my face. He was a funny guy! You never knew what might be said when he came sauntering through the doorway into the classroom. I remember talking with him outside of class, leaning up against the window sill, must have been Eyler's class. He would stand tilted sideways and lean down to speak, holding his pile of books at his side with one hand. He was a special friend, never to be forgotten. My heart is with you Carol and family and other classmates, especially Jim Alden, . Hugs from Mickie

03/13/18 11:56 AM #3    

John E. Irby

Ken was a big guy. i was small.

He was outgoing. i was quiet and shy.

He played football. so did i.

We faced the other teams, big, rough kids, but Ken was all that too.

He loomed like a mountain in our line, 

on offense, creating a path, and on defense, plugging the hole.

He played next to Phil Carter, gone now, and Joe Franza, gone now too.

The weather got cold and our bodies got sore,

but Ken and Frankie Miglore giggled, laughed, and asked for more.

Frankie and Ken are gone now, sad to say.

We were all brothers that autumn day.

and now, Ken, our biggest of brothers is gone.

The world is a much smaller place now, but not for long.

No doubt, there's a young boy, who'll come along soon.

He'll need to be a big one, strong and kind, able to laugh at the moon.

And most of all he'll need to be a happy kid, with a limousine for a grin, to replace our Ken.  



03/13/18 03:24 PM #4    

Darwin Thornton

For Carole and family-


Ken was on the Varsity Basketball team his Junior and Senior years at BHS.  Upon running into Coach Peterson many years later, Pete came up to Ken at a Wall of Honor gathering in Bothell,  looked up at him, stuck out his hand and exclaimed “Ken, my famous Re-Bounder”.  Ken graduated from PLU in Tacoma with a degree in Business Administration.  Ken and his brother Bill were partners in a local Utility Const Co. late 60's-to early 70.  In 1972  Ken moved on to become instrumental in the completion of the Sudden Valley Complex in Bellingham, WA.  In the late 70’s Ken joined the Thousand Trails Campground organization, were he quickly rose thru the ranks to become the Regional Construction Mgr for the Southern California area, and then promoted to the East Coast Regional Mgr, from the tip of Florida to upper Pennsylvania.  As his son's became older they wanted to return to the PNW.  The family found their sweet spot and settled in the Skagit Valley.  When Ken was younger and wild he and Arnie Sires had purchased 3 pieces of property on Lopez Island.  Ken hung onto to those properties and in 2005 Ken and Carole built their dream Waterfront home on Lopez Island.   They maintained their waterfront home until 2015, when the progression of Ken's 4th Stage Prostate Cancer required them to return to the Skagit Valley and medical services required to fight the Big “C”.   Ken passed away quietly at home with his Family on March 8, 2018. Ken will always be remembered for his quick wit, his naughty Sense of Humor, and his willingness to help others anytime, any place.

Our sons and 6 grandkids are deeply mourning the passing of their father and grandfather they called "Bucko".

Signed  ~  Carole, also proudly known as Mrs. Ken Knutsen

03/13/18 06:25 PM #5    

Darwin Thornton

This note from San Walker:

"A very special man, Ken was to all that got to know him!


03/13/18 07:12 PM #6    

Marilyn King (Schmalz)

He was such a sweetheart.  He will be missed.

03/15/18 02:25 PM #7    

Ruth (Mickie) Fitz (Gundersen)

John Irby, thank you for the sweet poem; shedding much desired tears!




03/17/18 02:23 PM #8    

Ron Kolberg

Ken was a good friend and I had the pleasure of visiting him and Carole on Lopez Island before they moved. I have many fond memories  from high school and after as Anita and I doubledated with them many times. He will be missed as he was really well liked.We wish the best to Carole. Ron and Anita Kolberg

03/21/18 09:49 PM #9    

Sharon Ochs (Marty)

Dear Carole and family,

So sorry to hear about Ken's passing.  He is certainly in a better more peaceful place, healed and whole again!

May God comfort each of you with His precious love during this most difficult time of mourning.

We will always cherish special times with you and Ken.

Love and blessings,

Sharon Ochs Marty 💜💛💚🎈🎈🎈

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