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Leland E. Knutson

Leland E. Knutson

August 2, 2019

Leland E. Knutson, 69, of Colfax, passed away August 2, 2019, at his home, with his wife and family by his side while under the care of MCHS Hospice.

He was born January 18, 1950, in Colfax, WI, the son of Elmer and Elnora (Frasl) Knutson.  Leland graduated from Colfax High School with the class of 1968.  He attended Chippewa Valley Technical College receiving diplomas in wood techniques and drafting.  Leland enlisted in the U.S. Airforce, serving his country stateside until his honorable discharge.

On March 21, 1987, Leland married Bonnie J. Ottum in Mondovi, WI.  They had one child, Sara.  Leland was a lifetime member of Colfax Lutheran Church.

For the majority of his life, Leland was a self-employed carpenter.  Later he worked at UW Stout in maintenance prior to becoming disabled.  Leland and Bonnie had a hobby farm near Colfax until 2014, when they moved to Cedar Falls.

In his spare time, Leland liked fishing, hunting, old cars, trains, Harley Davidson Motorcycles, airplanes, and spending time with his buddies.  He was on the pit crew for Rod Johnson at Red Cedar Speedway. Above all, he loved spending time with his grandson, Orion.

Leland is survived by his wife of 32 years, Bonnie; daughter, Sara (Ike) Carlson of Colfax; grandson, Orion Carlson of Colfax; sister, Marylee Knutson of Colfax; nephew, Keith (Julie) Knutson of Colfax; niece, Tena Knutson of Eau Claire; sister-in-law, Marge Schlegel of Mondovi; and numerous other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, James Knutson; and brother-in-law, Louis Schlegel.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 10, 2019, at Colfax Lutheran Church with Pastor Les Walck officiating.  Visitation will be one hour prior to services at church.  A luncheon will be held immediately following the service.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center in Altoona is serving the family. 


10-11 a.m. Saturday, August 10, 2019, at Colfax Lutheran Church in Colfax, WI.


11 a.m. Saturday, August 10, 2019, at Colfax Lutheran Church in Colfax, WI.

Florist Information

Brent Douglas Floral - (715) 831-0997 - All flowers should be delivered to church by 9 a.m. August 10.


  • Candy and Duane Bonnie and Sara - We were so sad to hear of Lee's passing last week. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time of sorrow.

    August 5 at 10:05am

  • Jean Burling Alf My condolences to all of the Knutson family on the passing of Leland. I remember many get togethers my family and the Knutson family had and also at Champney Park. God Bless you all.
    Jean (Burling) and Tim Alf of Lebanon Illinois.

    August 3 at 9:02pm

  • David and Wendy Lausted Bonnie and family
    Sorry for yourLoss of a wonderful Man Leland we sure will miss Him so much . He is in a beautiful place with all of our loved ones . With all of our love David And Wendy Lausted

    August 3 at 9:43am

  • Maryann Ludwigson Dear Bonnie, I am so sorry to hear of your husbands passing away. Know that I am thinking of you and family. Hugs . Maryann and Russ

    August 3 at 6:35AM

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