Don Knudsen, 85, of Billings, who built custom homes, managed investment properties and worked many years for Consolidated Freightways, died March 20, 2013, of stroke-related complications.
He was born in Hager City, Wis., on Nov. 22, 1927, one of seven children of John and Angie Knudsen. He married Donna Poncelet on April 17, 1949.
Mr. Knudsen served as a military policeman in the Army Air Corps during World War II and was honorably discharged on June 1, 1947. His older brother, Russell, gave his life for his country on Aug. 8, 1944, in France.
Mr. Knudsen brought his family to Billings in 1963, where he retired in 1987 from Consolidated Freightways after 47 years. Leading up to retirement, he built speculative and custom homes and managed and maintained personal investment properties.
He spent winters in Kona, Hawaii, and had earned a pilot’s license. He was an avid racquetball competitor for many years, medaling in several national Senior Olympics tournaments.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Dean; a daughter, Anita; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Doris; and a brother, Roger.
Services were held March 26 at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Inurnment was in the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery in Laurel. A reception followed at St. Thomas Catholic Church.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the St. Thomas The Apostle Church, 2055 Woody Drive, Billings, MT 59102.