David Knutson

David Knutson

  • Funeral Date: 4/25/16
  • Funeral Time: 3:30 PM
  • Date of Birth: 5/27/55
  • Date of Death: 4/21/16
  • Funeral Location: Boe Memorial Chapel - St. Olaf College

David Allen Knutson was born on May 27, 1955 in Minneapolis to Alger and Beatrice (Peterson) Knutson. David grew up in Albert Lea and was a 1973 graduate from Albert Lea High School. He continued his education at Arizona State University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business. On October 29, 1983, David was united in marriage to Paula Stadheim and together they raised three children. David and Paula have been living in Northfield since 2013, prior to which they spent many years living in Minneapolis. For the last seven years he worked at St. Olaf College as a Senior Gift Officer, and previously worked at the University of Minnesota as a part of their development staff.

David had many interests and was very knowledgeable in various things, many of which involved nature. He enjoyed golfing, pheasant hunting and was a very meticulous landscaper.  David had a knack for making connections with most anyone he came across. He was a lifelong learner, reading books on an array of subjects.

On Thursday morning, April 21, 2016, surrounded by his family, David passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester at the age of 60 years old.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Paula; children: Laura Knutson of Minneapolis, Molly Knutson of Duluth, and J.P. Knutson of Northfield; sister Linda (Nate) Wayne of Minneapolis; nieces: Kristin (Jim) Nelson and their son Griffin, and Kera Wayne; other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his parents Alger and Beatrice (Peterson) Knutson and brother John in infancy.

Funeral service will be on Monday, April 25, 2016, at 3:30 P.M. at Boe Memorial Chapel on St. Olaf Campus in Northfield. Visitation will be on Sunday, April 24, 2016, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at the Bierman Funeral Home in Northfield, and will continue for a half hour prior to the service at the chapel on Monday. Memorials preferred to American Heart Association or memorial of donor’s choice.

Arrangements are with the Bierman Funeral Home of Northfield.


  1. Jack and Sue Swanson Family

    We grieve with you in this loss of this wonderful man. Our lives have been enriched by knowing Dave. His devotion to St. Olaf and his family has been admired by us for years. Thank you for sharing him with us.

    • Andrea & Jerry Nelson

      Dear Paula, Linda and your families,

      We moved across the street on Southview Lane across from Al and Bea in 1972 after you were gone, Linda, and watched David graduate from high school and go on to college. We heard much about both of you as Bea and Al became very dear friends for many years. Even after moving to Wisconsin we tried to visit Bea in Minneapolis often. We are so very sorry to read of David’s death. We know that he will be sadly missed and we will pray for you all that you will find solace, comfort and courage. We also know that David got a wonderful greeting of homecoming from Al and Bea when he arrived. God bless you all.

  2. Paul Nicholas & Karen Heine

    We were so sad to hear about Dave and spent a lot of time last night reliving our tremendous memories of him and the rest of you when you were in the neighborhood. Whether it was watching him set off fireworks on the 4th of July, serving as the consummate host and making sure you always had a “beverage”, or talking proudly about how great Laura, Molly or JP were doing on the golf course – he was always happy and a positive influence on everyone around him. It was obvious he adored you Paula, and we know how much he treasured each day he got to spend with each one of you. Our love, prayers and condolences.

  3. Judy Cleveland

    Oh Paula, I am so sorry to hear about Dave. My heart goes out to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you and your family go through this difficult time. May God give you strength as you walk through the days ahead.

  4. David worked with many us in the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota before he began his work at St. Olaf. Please accept sincerest condolences from all of our faculty and staff. We are thinking and praying for the Knutson family and remembering David fondly.

  5. Marti Wick

    Paula and family, You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. I also sorry to hear about Dave. Marti Wick

  6. Joy (Domes) Tavis

    Dear Paula & family,
    Sending prayers of peace & reasurance to you – I understand the loss & heartache that you are enduring.
    God will give you the strength to keep pressing on & He’ll be with you always to guide & direct you. Lean on the support of family & friends for help & comfort. Trust, that God knows the plans for you even when you don’t understand. Know that God loved your husband, loves you & your family/friends & that you’ll be together in heaven someday again with David. Hugs to you, friend – In His peace, Joy (Domes) Tavis. *if you need a shoulder – I’m here for you. 218-259-2096 or 218-326-0289.

  7. Kevin Gilbertson

    I was stunned when I heard of David’s untimely death on Thursday. It had been some time since I last spoke with David but I have thought of him many times when I was on the golf course. Dave was always a kind, giving person who was gracious and thankful for everything he had been blessed with. He talked of his family often during the times we did play golf together. I will miss David a lot. Paula your family will be kept in prayer asking for strength and love to be provided to your family.

  8. Stan Steuter

    Dear Paula, Laura, Molly and JP,
    I was shocked and saddened to hear of David’s passing. He wasn’t just a customer at my golf shop but over the years seemed more like a friend. Unlike most of my customers he was obsessive not over his clubs but rather those of his kids. From the time they were very small and all the way through college he always wanted them to have the best equipment for their games. He always did his research on the newest shafts, heads,grips etc. before showing up. Our conversations were about our families and our hobbies since we had shared interests. I will certainly miss him and I hope you take solace in knowing how very much he loved and valued his family!.