Louis Arlan Knutson, 75, of Laughlin, NV passed away Friday, December 11, 2020 at Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center in Sioux Falls, SD. A private family Committal Service will take place at Dunlap Memorial Cemetery, rural Platte, SD with Pastor Gary Mulder officiating. Memorials in honor of Louis may be directed to: Dunlap Church Fund, c/o Clara Knutson, 1022 Montana Ave., Platte, SD 57369.
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Louis Arlan Knutson was born on August 1, 1945 to Theodore Howard and Deva (Houser) Knutson in Sioux Falls, SD. He graduated from Robbinsdale High School, Robbinsdale, MN in 1963 and went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree in History and Economics from the University of Minnesota. On August 28, 1965 Arlan was united in marriage to Jean Kjeldahl at Crystal Lutheran Church in Crystal, MN.
Arlan began his insurance career working for several companies at management level positions before starting his own agency, Arlan Knutson Insurance in 1998. This enabled him to be a mentor for many agents, including his daughter. He established more than just a working relationship with his employees and clients, getting to know them on a personal level. He made everyone his friend, always gave a lot of himself, and was a good influence to many.
He enjoyed vegetable gardening, with Jean canning what he grew; writing, especially about history and genealogy; grilling, and had tried about every kind of grill there was; liked fishing, completing puzzles, and traveling the states and abroad. Family trips to the Black Hills were taken every summer over the 4th of July. Sunday night dinners with family and spending holidays together were important to Arlan.
Grateful for having shared in Arlan’s life: his wife of over 55 years, Jean Knutson of Laughlin, NV; two children: Deborah (Paul) Bottomley of Fallbrook, CA and Steve Knutson of Bocas del Toro, Panama; a granddaughter, Brianna (Darren) Settle of Fallbrook, CA; a great grandson, Jackson Settle; a sister, Bea Gifford of Rapid City, SD; an aunt, Clara Knutson of Platte, SD; along with nieces and nephews.
Arlan was preceded in death by: his parents, Theodore and Deva Knutson; a brother-in-law, Ken Gifford; and an uncle, Dwight Knutson.