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Duaine Knopp 03/25/2018

Duaine Knopp 03/25/2018

Duaine Arlen Knopp, 85, of Deer Park, WI peacefully passed away surrounded by his wife, son and daughter on March 25th, 2018 at Westfields Hospital in New Richmond, WI. Duaine was born December 2, 1932 in Renville County, MN to Joseph and Flora (Arends) Knopp. He graduated from Fergus Falls High School in 1951 where he was on the wrestling team and lettered in football. After serving his country as a cook in the U.S. Army, he was honorably discharged in 1955 with the rank of Sergeant 1st Class. Duaine met his wife, Marlys, in his early twenties while working with food concessions selling hot dogs, ice cream, and cotton candy. They married in 1958 at Trefoldighed Lutheran Church in Battle Lake, MN. After the wedding, they moved to California where Duaine obtained his degree as an Electronic Technician from Electronic Technical Institute in Inglewood, CA. Soon, they moved back to the midwest, settling in South Minneapolis, MN. He then worked as a hearing aid repair technician and eventually owned a business in that field. While living in Richfield, MN, they became parents to Jon and Cindee. They moved to Deer Park, WI in 1969 where he continued his hearing aid repair business until transitioning into full time farming and dairying. As a replacement for dairying, he and his wife worked at UFE in River Falls for several years. Over the years, Duaine was very active at church as Sunday School Superintendent and a Deacon at Bethany Lutheran Church during the mid-1970s. In his later years, he enjoyed gardening, several trips to Branson with his wife and friends, as well as involvement in Friendship Builders and various Bible studies at United Covenant Church in Clear Lake, WI. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Flora Knopp. He is survived by his wife, Marlys (Jensen) Knopp; children, Jon (Mary) Knopp and Cindee (Charlie) McBride; grandchildren, David (fiancé Emily) Knopp and Daniel (Colette) Knopp. Duaine is also survived by his siblings, Delores Confair and Daryl (Bonnie) Knopp, along with several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. A Funeral Service was held on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 2 pm at the United Covenant Church 348 5th Street NW Clear Lake, WI.  Visitation was also Saturday from 1-2 pm at the church.  Interment will be Monday, April 2, 2018 in the Northern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, WI with military honors.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.


  • Sandy Terrell Posted March 28, 2018 1:02 pm

    Heartfelt sympathy to all of Duaine’s dear family. When I think of UFE, Dwayne and Marlys always come to my mind. Honest, dedicated, smart, hard workers. I never saw one without the other. ? Wishing all of you peace at this difficult time. Sending my love and hugs.❤ Sandy Terrell

  • Marlys Knopp Posted March 28, 2018 3:28 pm

    Thank you so very much, Sandy!

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