LeRoy Knudsen

March 13, 1939-Feb. 24, 2014

TYLER – Services for LeRoy Knudsen, 74, of Tyler are at 10:30 a.m. Friday at First English Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7 p.m., all at First English Lutheran Church. Visitation continues one hour prior to service at the church. Burial will be at Danebod Cemetery.

Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft Johansen Chapel in Tyler.

He died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.

LeRoy Edwin Knudsen was born March 13, 1939, to Clarence and Evelyn (Dahl) Knudsen in Arlington, S.D. When he was 5 years old, he moved to the Dahl family farm north of Lake Benton. LeRoy was baptized on Jan. 7, 1941, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arlington, S.D., and later confirmed at Diamond Lake Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. He attended Lake Benton Public School and graduated in 1957. Following his education he worked at the Standard Lumber Company in Lake Benton. LeRoy was united in marriage to Deanna (Goos) Knudsen on Feb. 24, 1962, at First English Lutheran Church in Tyler. Their union was blessed with three children, Marci, Kelly, and Amy, and 52 years of marriage together. The couple owned and operated the Standard Oil Station in Tyler from July 1963 until LeRoy’s retirement in 2001. His customers meant the world to him and he was always there to help everyone. LeRoy was a true example of “Pay It Forward.” Many times over his career he found himself embracing people with goodwill and kindness that were in need of his help and services. In 2002, LeRoy was blessed with a “new life” after receiving a heart transplant. With all the battles he fought, he always remained positive and upbeat – which was contagious. LeRoy was admitted to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Wednesday, Feb. 19. He died there following health complications on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at the age of 74 years.

LeRoy was a long time member of First English Lutheran Church. He was also active with the Tyler Lions Club, Tyler Volunteer Fire Department, Lincoln County HRA Board, Tyler Hospital Board, Tyler Community Club, and Meals on Wheels. He enjoyed playing cards, shaking dice, telling jokes, woodworking, tinkering in the garage, yard work, gardening, winemaking, and especially time spent with his children and grandchildren.

LeRoy will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Deanna of Tyler; three children, Marci Meyers and her children – Joe, Natalie, and Elise of Sioux Falls, S.D., Kelly (and Robin) Knudsen and their children – Kristin and Brett of Tyler, Amy (and Matthew) Johnson and their children Ava and Addison of Harrisburg, S.D.; a sister, Jean (and Ron) Plueger of LaCrosse, Wis.; a brother, David (and Deb) Knudsen of Sioux Falls, S.D.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and three nieces; Julie Plueger, Rhonda Powell, and Vicki Sutherland.

Blessed be his memory.