Richard Arthur Knudsen, 82, of Duluth, passed away Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at St. Luke’s Hospital with family by his side. Dick was born on May 24, 1938 in Duluth to Arthur and Esther (Olson) Knudsen and grew up on Pike Lake. Dick was a 1956 graduate of Proctor High School. He met his wife Dorothy Goss at the Proctor Rainbow Roller Rink and they were married in 1959 at Twig Lutheran Church. Dick worked at and retired from Diamond Tool, and owned rental properties as well. Dick was an outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, goose and duck hunting. Although he never caught an elusive prize muskie, northern pike was his favorite to catch. One of Dick's favorite fishing memories was lake trout fishing on Canada’s Great Slave Lake. Dick enjoyed touring Pike Lake in his restored vintage wood Dunphy runabout, sharing nostalgic tales of growing up on the lake, family gatherings, neighbors, and adventures waterskiing, sailing, fishing, ice and kite skating. Dick was an artist and craftsman with great ingenuity and resourcefulness. He could always figure out a way to fix or modify something. Dick also applied his woodworking talents to create custom gun stocks. Using his natural artistic talents, he also hand cut and hand-painted hundreds of geese and sand hill crane decoys. Dick is remembered for reading as many bedtime stories as necessary for his girls to fall asleep, family camping trips, and constantly reading, learning, and sharing with anyone interested—always asking questions and conversing with people. Dick enjoyed researching Viking culture and his Nordic ancestry. His last adventure was a two-week Greenland, New Foundland/Labrador cruise in 2019, where he toured L'Anse aux Meadows, a Viking outpost. Dick was preceded in death by his parents. Dick is survived by his wife, Dorothy; two daughters, Karri (Pete) Plucinak of Chanhassen, MN and Amy (Tom) Little of Duluth; a brother, Kenneth (Judy) of Sartell, MN; grandchildren, Emily (Nick) Hennessey, Parker Plucinak, Evan Little and Lauren Little; and great-granddaughter, Matilda. Thank you to the staff on the 6th floor of St Luke’s Hospital for their wonderful care and kindness provided to Dick. A visitation will be from 1 to 3 pm Saturday, April 3, 2021 in Williams Lobermeier Boettcher Funeral Home.
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