Palmer Knutson

— 06/18/2007

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Ludlow, South Dakota

Palmer Knutson

Palmer Knutson, 89, passed away June 18, 2007.

There will be a Celebration of life held on Thursday June 21, at 1:00pm at Richland Lutheran Church. Prior to the service there was a private graveside held at Sunset Memorial Gardens, in Richland. Viewing will take place at Einan's Funeral Home on Wednesday June 20, 2007 from 5:00pm-8:00pm.

Palmer was born in Ludlow, SD, to Carl and Jenny Knutson, who homesteaded there. He was raised in Bowman, ND. He married Lucille Farnsworth in 1940. They, his parents and siblings migrated to the Hanford Project in 1943. He helped build the houses in Richland and when the homes were sold in 1958, he went into business as a general contractor, remodeling and specializing in putting basements under existing houses. He retired at age 62.

Palmer enjoyed life and family and friends, who joined him at boating, fishing, crabbing, water-skiing, snow skiing, motorcycling and traveling in the RV.

He belonged to the Richland Yacht Club, Sons of Norway, the Spokane Model ''T'' Club and was charter member of the Three Rivers Model ''T'' Club. He was a long-time member of Richland Lutheran Church.

Palmer was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Pauline Stromstad, brother, Earl, granddaughter, Kori and niece Mary Jane Pfeiffer.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille, son Paul Nancy Jewell, Richland, WA, daughter Roxanne Baker Short, Richland, WA, granddaughters, Erika Knutson Breen John, Lantana, FL, Kelly Baker, Kennewick, WA, and Holly Baker Ryan, Mesa, AZ. He is also survived by great grandchildren Margot Williams, Jordyn, Jenee, and Jaxxon Melland and Christopher Ryan, nieces Sandra Stromstad Brown, Rita Knutson George and nephew Dan Stromstad and god-children Karin Nickola, Sandi Sheeley, Cy and Craig Baker.

Palmer was blessed with a multitude of friends. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Good News Media Ministry, c/o Richland Lutheran Church, 901 Van Giesen, Richland , WA 99352.

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  • Lucille we will miss Palmer

    even tho our paths didn’t cross that much. Went on several car tours with the Model “T” Club and he had a very fast Car, I had trouble keeping up with his “T” in my Model “A” I know he enjoyed life so much and was a very fine Gentleman. Lucille you are Loved very much and Pray our paths will cross sometime.Our Love to You

    Martha and Don Allen

    Don Allen
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • An original! There will never be another like Palmer! He will be missed, but never forgotten.

    Love to all,

    Marie & Lance

    Marie & Lance Hartman
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US



    November 4, 2014
  • palmer has left us with good memories, lots of years of friendship that we will miss so much. he is with the best of his buddies now and they are sharing the good times together. what a to cheerish as you know. take care and may god bless you dearly. love to you all. love joy.

    joy hirsch
    November 4, 2014
    benton, city, WA, US
  • Palmer will be greatly missed by us all.

    Pam and Roy Russell
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Lucille, Paul and Roxanne.

    Solveig and I should had been with you now, I hope you understand, it wasn’t possible. We remember our visit with great gladness, the tour in the Ford T, and when palmer played Norwegian music for us. We will remember him as a very familiar gentleman –

    Harald Gunnar Varland
    November 4, 2014
    Kvernaland, Rogaland, Norway
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