Mervil Knudsen age 93 of Tyler, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015 at Traditions in Owatonna. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 30 at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church. Burial is in the church cemetery. Online condolences may be placed at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Tyler Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Mervil Knudsen was born July 25, 1921 in Lake Benton, Minnesota to Peter and Dagmar (Mitchell) Knudsen. He was baptized and confirmed at Diamond Lake Lutheran Church, and attended country school near Lake Benton. Mervil served his country in the US Army. On November 11, 1945, Mervil married Lorraine Blaine in Ruthton. They lived in Lake Benton, and then in Vancouver, Washington for a short time before returning to the Tyler area. Mervil was a wonderful carpenter; he was very skilled and worked on many projects throughout southwest Minnesota. His work was his life. He spent a lot of time hunting with his lifelong friends, and fishing on Lake Benton. Mervil was an avid Minnesota Vikings and Twins fan.
Mervil is survived by his wife Lorraine; son David (Carol) Knudsen; grandchildren: Keri Knudsen, Sheila (Knudsen) Sims, Michael Knudsen, Brian Seid, Jessica (Seid) Woodruff, Melissa (Seid) Parkinson, Brandi (Sharp) Vieths, Renae Sharp; great-grandchildren: Abby & Austin Sims, Clara & Kyle Woodruff, Gabrielle, Sophia, & Makenna Parkinson, Olivia, Tucker, & Finnigan Vieths, Devan Swerman, Maryn & Makenzie Seid; and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, daughters Mary Lou Seid & Cindy Sharp, two brothers, and three sisters.