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Robert Knudson

Robert "Bob" Knudson

Sunday, October 16th, 1949 Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

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Obituary for Robert "Bob" Knudson

Robert (Bob) Knudson, 69, of Wichita, Kansas was born to Iver Arnold Knudson and Vera (Phillips) Knudson on October 16, 1949 in Kelly Kansas, and passed away on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 in Marquette, Kansas. Bob spent his childhood in Seneca and Washington, Kansas, graduating from Saints Peter and Paul High School, Seneca, Kansas in 1968. During high school, he was involved in various sports and activities, including the Boy Scouts of America, earning his Eagle Scout in 1965. Following his high school graduation, Bob enlisted in the United States Air Force and proudly served a tour during the Vietnam War as an Air Traffic Controller.

Bob owned and operated House of Shoes in Belleville, Kansas for 32 years, and later retired after serving seven years as City Manager for the City of Belleville. During his time as City Manager, Bob served on the board of directors for the Nebraska Public Power District, was Chairman of the Nebraska Public Gas Agency, was a representative for the National Public Gas Agency in Washington D.C., and served on the board of directors for the American Public Gas Agency. Bob was very active in his grandchildren’s lives, and attending their sporting events, presentations, and school functions was an important part of his life. Bob also enjoyed spending free time golfing, sailing and fishing with his companion Judy Carlson and friends.

Bob raised a family with Pamela Dean and is survived by their two children, Brion (B.J.) Knudson and his wife April of Derby; Paige Hess and her husband Nick of Wichita; four grand children: Callie Knudson, Jace Knudson, Savannah Hess and Liam Hess; five siblings: Gary (Nancy) Knudson, Sandy (Alan) Feldkamp, Tom (Sue) Knudson, Diane (Jonathon) Morton, Gene Knudson, and many loved nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00pm on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 with a memorial service at 10:00am on June 12, both at Smith Family Mortuary in Derby, Kansas. A reception for family and friends will be at Willowbend Golf Clubhouse in Wichita at 2:30pm, June 12.

Memorial contributions may be made to Victory in the Valley, 3755 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, Kansas 67218.

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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Smith Mortuary, Derby
    1415 North Rock Road
    Derby, Kansas
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    Tuesday, June 11th, 2019
    5:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Service

    Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Smith Mortuary, Derby
    1415 North Rock Road
    Derby, Kansas
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
    10:00am

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Hugs, The Meltons, Jerry, Linda, Jeremy, Ann, & Al and Our deepest condolences, Ryan & Jocelyn McKnight have sent flowers to the family of Robert "Bob" Knudson.
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Hugs, The Meltons, Jerry, Linda, Jeremy, Ann, & Al and Our deepest condolences, Ryan & Jocelyn McKnight have sent flowers to the family of Robert "Bob" Knudson.
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Gary Sanford

On this veterans day I looked up Bob to check in from afar. I don't do it every veterans day but for some reason I did it today. Bob and I were never in contact after our time in the service. I was Bob's roommate during his tour in Vietnam at both Pleiku and Danang. We were both Air Traffic Controllers in the same facilities, Peacock and Panama ATRC's. You should be very proud of his service to his country. In the face of rockets, mortars and gunshots Bob performed his job with distinction at what were some of the busiest airports in the world at the time. I am very sorry to read of his passing.
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Paige Hess

Thank you for the kind words about our Dad.
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Tyra

Bob was a wonderful person. I am so sorry BJ and Paige, thinking of you.
Comment | Posted at 09:17am via Condolence

Ben Palmer

My heart is breaking for all of you. So very sorry for your loss. May God surround you with his love and comfort. Ben Palmer
Comment | Posted at 02:04pm via Condolence
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Hugs, The Meltons, Jerry, Linda, Jeremy, Ann, & Al

Caring thoughts we surround you BJ , Paige and your dear families. So sorry for your loss. We have many wonderful memories etched in our hearts.
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Hugs, The Meltons, Jerry, Linda, Jeremy, Ann, & Al purchased flowers for the family of Robert "Bob" Knudson.
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Linda Shostak

You were such a wonderful person, Bob, and we are so happy to have known you. We will miss you dearly. Linda and John Shostak
Comment | Posted at 07:19pm via Condolence
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