ROCKFORD – Col. Darwin H. Knutsen, 82, of Sterling, died Thursday, April 4, 2013, at Rockford Memorial Hospital. He and his brother, Daryl “Dutch,” founded Knutsen Cabinets in 1951.
Darwin was born Feb. 21, 1931, in Charlotte, Iowa, the son of Henry and Winifred (Johnson) Knutsen. He enlisted in the Army on May 12, 1948, and did combat time during the Korean War as an enlisted personnel E7. He returned home, and accepted commission state active duty at least 15 times. Darwin assisted Illinois State Police and the Army with the Martin Luther King assassination in 1968, and with the DeKalb College riots. He also took part in the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. Darwin also served in Germany during the Berlin Wall Crisis. Darwin was a member of Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sterling.
Survivors include one sister-in-law, Shirley Knutsen of Rock Falls; three nieces, Debbie (Tom) Tiesman of Rock Falls, Dawn (J.B.) Dillon of Longmont, Colo., and Dana (James) Bond of Commerce City, Colo.; two nephews, Keith (Holly) Knutsen and Kraig (Darcie) Knutsen, both of Sterling; 15 great-nieces and great-nephews; and one great-great-nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Daryl.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sterling, with the Rev. Patrick Pinion officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.
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