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Rick Dean KnutsonRick Dean Knutson, 67 passed away on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis after a long, hard fought battle with multiple myeloma. Rick was born on August 26, 1953 in Mason City, Iowa to Everette and Evelyn (Larson) Knutson. On July 28, 1984 he married Jill Eileen Ramage. Rick proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1972-1976. He was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. Rick graduated from University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1980 with a BS in Business Administration. Rick worked for United Parcel Service for 32 years retiring in 2009. There he worked his way up from truck washing to Director of Sales. Rick enjoyed an active life before his illness which included dinners with friends, traveling, golfing, fishing, and watching football. His favorite teams were the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Ohio State Buckeyes, and the Seattle Seahawks. However, the most defining part of his life was the service he devoted to his family and the Lord. Rick served as an Elder at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nixa, where he was an usher and a regular at Bible Study. Along with other members of his church, Rick built ramps at several houses around town for those in need. One such ramp that Rick was especially proud to build was the Eagle Scout Project for his son, Ryan. Rick is survived by his wife, Jill; one son, Ryan Knutson of Nixa; one step-daughter, Gail Ebbesmier of Omaha, NE; two grandchildren, Brennan and Giana Ebbesmier, both of Omaha, NE; two sisters, Rebecca Johnson (Glenn), and Mary Seaman, both of Omaha, NE; one brother, Dan Knutson (Kay) of Stillwater, MN; Rick’s father-in-law, Glenn Ramage of Nixa; nieces, Hannah Knutson and Schuyler Seaman; nephews, Jesse Ostdiek (Kelly), Nick Knutson, and Darian Ramage; along with aunts and cousins. A Funeral Liturgy will be held for Rick at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nixa. Friends and relatives are invited to the Funeral and a Visitation with the family which will be held the evening prior from 5:00-7:00 PM on Friday, March 12th at the church. Rev. Jarod Koenig will preside. Following the services, Cremation Rites will be accorded with burial in Omaha at a later date.
We are thinking of you during this difficult time.
Connie, Debbie, Jill, and Melissa (Cooper Girls) Mar 12 2021 12:00 AM
Jill and Ryan, Thinking of you! We will miss Uncle Rick! Love you, the Ostdiek's
Kelly Ostdiek Mar 11 2021 12:00 AM
With our thoughts and prayers,
Jay, Mary and Julian Larson Mar 10 2021 12:00 AM
Remembering you and Rick in our thoughts and our hearts. We are so sorry for your loss. Sending love and hugs.
Riggs', Jevas', Holland's and Sallie Stout Mar 10 2021 12:00 AM
So sorry for your loss Jill & family. I share my Rick story often: first time he saw me at RLC Nixa, he got up out of his chair & came over to me to introduce himself , welcome me & asked @ me. When he found out I was a RLC member but attended in Spfld, he wanted to make me feel at home in Nixa too. I witnessed this in Rick several times after this day. He was a true Christian man welcoming anyone in to Gods house. Prayers for your family as you grieve Ricks passing. Pam Anderson
Pam Anderson Mar 9 2021 12:00 AM
Our prayers and sympathies to Jill, Ryan and family. Many memories of our times spent together. Heaven is our home and Rick was a devout believer and witness to God's saving grace. He will be missed by many. Friends in Christ, Steve & Brenda
Brenda Saunders Mar 8 2021 12:00 AM
We love you & will reunite with you in heaven. Love your Aunt Sharon & Cousin Lana
Lana Obermeyer Mar 8 2021 12:00 AM
We love you. Steve Larson and Meredith Larson
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Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Terry and Patsy Melius Mar 7 2021 12:00 AM
Dear Jill, Ryan, and Family members: Kathy and I pray that God will comfort and give you His peace during this time of Rick's entry into His Father's heavenly mansion. Rick was such a devout, caring person in carrying out the Lord's work as an elder and as chair of the Elder's Outreach Committee, of which, I, Ron, was a member. He always put our community friends foremost in helping meet their needs be it be spiritual, physical, etc. His presence will be sorely missed. We love all of you, Kathy and Ron Merritt.
Kathy and ronnie Merritt Mar 7 2021 12:00 AM