Carlos Knakmuhs

Carlos Knakmuhs

Carlos Knakmuhs 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  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.

9 thoughts on “Carlos Knakmuhs”

  1. Diane Nachreiner Vogt

    Jean and family so sorry to hear the passing of Carlos. Glad I got to meet him. Thoughts and prayers.

  2. Carlos was a great guy! I hadn’t talked to him in quite a while but he always had a smile on his face. May he rest in peace.
    Dan Peterson

  3. Jean my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. May you find peace and comfort through the support of friends, family, and God’s everlasting promise. Cherish the wonderful memories you have of a very dear man. Hugs.

  4. Jean, Dustin and Jamie,
    I am so very sorry. You are in my heart and in my prayers. Carlos was a wonderful person. I’ll always picture him with that bright warm smile on his face. And the water bottle fights…….even though he cheated and got the garden hose!!!! Love to you!!!
    Donna Rosin

  5. Kristina Carlson

    Jean & family-
    Sending my deepest sympathies on the loss of Carlos. He was certainly a gem and joy to be around.
    Kristina Carlson

  6. Dear Jean, Jamie, Dustin and family,
    David Weatherford once wrote: ‘The value of a life is best measured by the moments spent giving one’s self…Sharing Wisdom, Inspiring Hope, Wiping Tears, and Touching Hearts!’
    I never had the chance to meet Carlos, but from everything that I know and heard about him, those words seem to speak of the life the he lived. May you take comfort in knowing that he touched so many lives, and feel blessed that you had him as your guide and companion for these many years. A life well lived…and well loved. My deepest sympathy in hearing of your loss.

  7. Dennis and Sharon Rossing

    Sharon and I were so sorry to learn of Carlos’ passing. We have many fond memories of him. In particular, back on a cold winter night in 1952, our class was driving back from the Sanborn rollerskating rink, and my old Chevy boke down on Highway 14 near Springfield. Fortunately, Carlos was coming along behind us and got us safely home. Also, at our last class reunion in Marshall a few years ago, we had a great conversation and we caught up on many of the intervening years since graduation. Living in San Antonio, we do drive back twice a year to see family and friends. This year we had hoped to visit Carlos while in Marshall, unfortunately, we arrived on Monday, June 13th. Our heartfelt condolences to you all.

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