Carlos Knakmuhs age 81 of Marshall, formerly of Walnut Grove, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2016 at Avera Morningside Heights Care Center in Marshall. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 16 at the United Methodist Church in Walnut Grove. Visitation is 5:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Walnut Grove Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the Walnut Grove Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Walnut Grove Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Carlos Leon Knakmuhs was born on January 22, 1935 to Gideon and Erma (Jackson) Knakmuhs in Holly Township, Murray County, Minnesota. He graduated from Walnut Grove High School in 1953. Carlos served in the Army following graduation and a year of work beginning in July 1955. He was honorably discharged in July 1958 with the rank of PFC E5 and earning his Expert Carbine Badge. During his tenor in the army, Carlos served in Kaiserschlatern, Germany. He married Jean Moe on April 2, 1982 at the United Methodist Church in Springfield. They had two children: son, Dustin, and daughter, Jamie. Carlos was a life-long farmer and loved his work. He raised purebred Suffolk sheep for many years and fed cattle, as well. Carlos was called upon by many neighbors to assist with a difficult lambing or advice on livestock. He enjoyed horses, both riding and driving them. Dozens of foals were born and raised on the Knakmuhs farm during their marriage. Carlos also enjoyed fishing, gardening, and hunting. He played solitaire on his computer with a passion and although he liked cats, he would never admit it. His favorite companion was Buddy, his little house dog. Carlos was very creative and usually had a solution when someone needed something fashioned from raw materials. He was most proud of his children.
Carlos is survived by his wife, Jean of Marshall; children: Dustin of Walnut Grove and Jamie (Joe) Zimmerman of Marshall; siblings: Evelyn Hanish of Jeffers and Iola Hanson of Slayton; sister-in-law Verona Knakmuhs of Walnut Grove; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Harley and Robert, and brothers-in-law Bill Hanish and Myrl Hanson.