Orvil Oliver Knutson, 91, died in White Salmon on May 20, 2002.
He was born to Edwin Otto and Clara Olivia (Halvorson) Knutson on Oct. 17, 1910, at home on his father's family homestead in eastern Colorado near Genoa. He graduated from Bovina High School and on April 1, 1934, he married Ruth Eleanor Apsey. They recently celebrated 68 years of marriage together.
Mr. and Mrs. Knutson moved to Bingen on May 23, 1937. In 1938, he built a house and they live there to this day.
Upon moving to the area, Mr. Knutson started working in the timber industry doing a number of jobs. He also spent hours upon hours working at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Bingen. He was very dedicated to his church and was a member, elder and chairman of the committee to build the new church. He loved God and his family.
Mr. Knutson worked for the city of Bingen, doing maintenance. He graded the roads before they were paved, laid water lines, worked at the waste treatment plant, and did electrical work. He could fix everything and was always self-sufficient.
Mr. Knutson was known around town as "the bicycle man," because he had a little shop where he fixed up bikes for children and adults alike.
He was a dedicated public servant. In 1938, he joined the fire department and served as fire chief for many years.
Mr. Knutson loved playing his guitar and other instruments such as the banjo, squeeze box, harmonica and accordion. He was a member of the Washington State Old Time Fiddlers Association.
Committed to senior citizens in the local area, Mr. Knutson delivered Meals on Wheels, as well as visited nursing homes where he entertained people by playing music.
Mr. Knutson is survived by his wife Ruth; daughter Adalou McAmis, Gresham, Ore.; grandson Eric McAmis and granddaughter Kristin Olson; sisters Cora Freeman, Hugo, Colo., and Ethel Patterson, Limon, Colo.; brother Fred Knutson, Greeley, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Raymond who died in World War II, and sister Lena Schornim.
A visitation will be held on Friday, May 24, 2002, from 1 to 7 p.m. at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 2002, at Our Savior Lutheran church in Bingen, with interment at Idlewild Cemetery in Hood River, Ore. Pastors Paul Bundschuh and Paul Schmidt will officiate.
Memorials may be made to Skyline Hospital or Our Savior Lutheran Church in care of Gardner Funeral Home, PO Box 390, White Salmon, Wash., 98672, who is in charge of arrangements.
A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2002, in Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon for Robert Isham Fowler, who died May 6, 2002, at age 87.
Mr. Fowler was born March 23, 1912, in Batavia, Ill. During the Depression, he worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps. In 1943, he moved to Portland, where he was a carpenter foreman. He moved to White Salmon in 1992.
In 1936, he married Lois E. Thor; she died in 1992.
Survivors include his daughter, Deanne L. Kennedy; sons Steven T. and Roger W.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
His son David A. died in 1996, and his companion Mary Jane Thompson in 2001.