James "Jim" K. Knudtson

James "Jim" Karl Knudtson, Rapid City, SD, passed away in his home Sunday, April 22, 2007, at the age of 64, after fighting a gallant battle with cancer. He was born February 15, 1943, in Watertown, SD, to Willard and Maxine (Higgins) Knudtson, the third of three children.

Jim was a proud graduate of Watertown High School, his senior year he was Chieftain of the Arrows football team. He went on to study at Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD. He met the love of his life, Helen Jeanne (Deanie) Yackley, in college and they were married on September 7, 1963.

Jim loved to run; he participated in triathlons and a decathlon. Jim also loved golfing, fishing, hunting, and telling jokes; Jim's family will always know him for his notorious saying, "You'll Think ... !" Jim made family all over - especially those on his sales routes. He was very active in Jaycee's and numerous church ministries: Marriage Encounter, Engaged Encounter, Cursillo, Retrovaille, Knights of Columbus, lector, sacristan, greeter, eucharistic minister, and teaching CCD.

Jim showed his family just how strong he was which came from his faith in God. He loved playing with his grandchildren and we all loved him so much. We were very lucky to have him in our lives. He was amazing. Thank you Lord, for giving us a beautiful Angel for a husband, father, grandfather and friend.

Jim's wife Deanie, seven children and 11 grandchildren survive Jim in life. His children are: Tonia (Tim) Binder, Atlanta, GA; Terri (Jesse) Taitano, Denver, CO; Tami (Kevin) Maguire, Rapid City, SD; J.J. Knudtson, Waynesville, NC; Tricia (Cody) Shepperson, Karman Knudtson (Frank Gutierrez), Karla (Kasey) Mc Griff all of Rapid City, SD. Grandchildren are: Mahlon Binder, Jordan and Tyler Taitano, Kyle and Liam Maguire, Jace and Janae Knudtson, Mason Knudtson, Emily Nedved, Alexander Knudtson and Hayden McGriff.

His grandparents, his parents, his sister and his brother preceded him in death.

Wake services were held Tuesday, April 24, at Serenity Springs Funeral Chapel, with a Rosary Service at 7:00 p.m. The funeral Mass was held Wednesday, April 25, at Blessed Sacrament Church with Father Dan Juelfs as Celebrant.

Interment followed at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Cancer Care Institute and/or Hospice of the Hills. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.serenityspringsfuneralchapel.com.