Farming Rural 07

Winton R. Knutson

August 23, 1928 ~ December 29, 2020 (age 92)


Winton Rolland Knutson, 92, of East Grand Forks, formerly of Oslo, MN, a lifelong farmer, passed away with family at his side on Tuesday, December 29, 2020.

Winton was born on August 23, 1928, in Argyle, MN; the son of Orrie and Ruby (Efterfield) Knutson. He attended country school in Oak Park Township, and 7th and 8th grades in Argyle. He graduated from the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston, the class of 1946.

He married Theresa St. Germain on June 26, 1951, in St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Argyle. Winton and Theresa made their home in Oak Park Township north of Oslo where Winton farmed for 66 years. They raised six children.

In 2011, he and Theresa moved to Grand Forks, ND. After living there for 8 ½ years, they made a new home at the Good Samaritan Heritage Grove, in East Grand Forks.

Winton was very active in his community and Church. He served on the Oak Park Twp. Board, the Oslo Coop Elevators Board, and the American Crystal Sugar Growers Board. He was secretary treasurer for Marshall-Polk Rural Water for 40 years and on the State Board of Rural Water for 20 years. He was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus and served on the Church council at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Oslo.

Winton is survived by his wife of 69 years, Theresa; children, Neil (Michele) Knutson of Oslo, Orin Knutson of Oslo, and Dawn (Dean) LaBine of Argyle; eight grandchildren, Nicholas (Melissa) Knutson of Lansboro, TX, Lynn Knutson, Douglas (Amber) Knutson of Oslo, Derek (Erin) Knutson of Argyle, Jenna Knutson of Harvey, ND, Larissa (Cody) Zeman of Manvel, ND, Ashley (Justin) Moe of Argyle, and Blake (Britta) LaBine; ten great-grandkids, Hadley, Kase and Stella Knutson, Charleigh and Granger Knutson, Charlee and Emersyn VanCamp, Walker, and Willa Zeman, and Mahren and Everett Moe and sister, Colleen Bergeron of Argyle, MN.

He was preceded in death by his sons, Mark, Lynn, and James; his parents, Orrie and Ruby; sisters, Barbara Knutson and Janice Anderson; and brother, Sheridan Knutson.

He will be missed by many.


In lieu of flowers, the family ask that your donate to a charity of your choosing in memory of Winton.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: (Open to the public with limited seating) Saturday, January 2, 2021, at 10:30 AM, in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Oslo, MN. Facemasks will be required; social-distancing enforced.
VISITATION: One hour prior to Mass.
INTERMENT: Riverside Cemetery, Oslo, MN.

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January 2, 2021

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
St. Joseph Catholic Church
515 Main St
Oslo, MN 56744

Mass of Christian Burial
January 2, 2021

10:30 AM
St. Joseph Catholic Church
515 Main St
Oslo, MN 56744


Riverside Cemetery
Oslo, MN 56710

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