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John W. Knode

Aug 15, 2009

ESTHERVILLE – Funeral services for John W. Knode, 81, of Spencer, formerly of Estherville, will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the First Christian Church in Estherville with pastors Doug Burton and Dan Mayes officiating. Military graveside rites by VFW Post 3388 and American Legion Post 91 of Estherville will be held at East Side Memorial Cemetery, Estherville. He died Thursday, Aug. 13, at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 17, at the Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville.

John W. Knode, the son of Otto G. and Ella (Steel) Knode, was born Aug. 24, 1927, in Iowa Falls.

He received his education in the Estherville Schools. John worked at Estherville Daily News as a typesetter.

On April 1, 1945, John was united in marriage to Katherine Davis in Jackson, Minn. Following their wedding the couple made their home in Estherville. John then served in the United States Army during World War II. John started Johnnie’s Service Station. He then worked at Tobin’s Meat Packing Plant that later became John Morrell’s. After John’s retirement the couple did janitorial duties at the United Methodist Church for five years. In their leisure time, they enjoyed traveling and made several motor coach trips with his brother and sister in-law. Katherine passed away Feb. 18, 2005.

John was a member of the First Christian Church in Estherville and later First Christian Church in Spencer. He was also a member of the VFW Post 3388 in Estherville.

Left to cherish John’s memory are his children, Kathy Anderson and her husband, Roger of Estherville; Johnnie Knode and his wife, Jolene of Estherville; Claudia Olson of Billings, Mont.; Stanley Knode and his wife, Alvina of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Laura Johnson and her husband, Brian of Everly; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Preceding John in death were his parents; wife; and seven brothers and sisters.

Online condolences may be made at www.henryolsonfuneral.com.