Michael Jon Knutson – Rochester, MN

Michael Jon Knutson, 66, of Rochester, passed away  Saturday, August 4th after a 20 year battle with Parkinson’s Disease and more recently Lewy Body Dementia.
Mike was born March 9, 1952 to Joe and Lois Knutson and grew up with his three siblings, Yvonne Koefod (Mark), Bonita Evavold (James) and Perry Knutson in Ashby, MN. He liked to say he was raised on “snus and herring juice”.  Mike graduated Ashby High School in 1970.
Mike married Betty Erickson October 26, 1974. They were a great match because he loved to joke and she loved to laugh. They shared many adventures in their 43 years together, including several cross country car and motorcycle trips. They moved to Rochester in 1976 where they raised three great kids: Karissa Krause (Jason), Rachel Knutson (Sara Price) and Erik Knutson (Courtney). He was a proud “Papa” to his grandsons, Kameron and Karter.
Mike worked a variety of jobs during his life but he found his niche at Adamson Motors where he worked as a sales manager for 24 years. Mike was known to prank unsuspecting colleagues and made sure every visiting child left the dealership with a balloon.  He was honest to a fault and he taught by example.  He valued working hard and doing your best.
Mike had a wide range of interests including classic cars, snowmobiles, motorcycles, duck and deer hunting, baseball, writing poetry, traveling, custom fabrication, reading non-fiction,  studying maps, photography, videography, and eating large quantities of food. He collected tools and gadgets and he loved to share them with those in need. He was a titan of fashion in his Columbia vests and Tilley hat.
Mike was one of the kindest people you could meet. Whether you were a stranger or a friend, he would (literally) give you the shirt off his back. He lived his life by the Golden Rule: “treat others as you would like to be treated.”
Mike will be remembered fondly by all who knew and loved him. We will miss his humor, his stories, and his goofy sayings like “Finer than a frog’s hair spilt three ways”, “Happier than a gopher in soft dirt” and “It’s daylight in the swamp”. We will miss his advice and knowledge. He would be the first to tell you he “knows a lot about a little and a little about a lot.”
An outdoor celebration of life service followed by a reception will be Friday, August 10th at 2 p.m. at First Born Farm (2650 First Born Road NE) in Rochester, MN.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.