Robert Knudsen Sr.

April 16, 2019

Robert J. Knudsen Sr., 95, of Bourbonnais, passed away Saturday (April 13, 2019) at the Illinois Veterans Home at Manteno.

He was born June 9, 1923, in Pontiac, the son of Harry and Minnie Pearl Street Knudsen.

Robert was a graduate of Pontiac High School.

He married Dorothy Mae Grove on Nov. 13, 1948, in Odell. She preceded him in death Jan. 4, 2007.

Robert was a union carpenter until 1963. Then he worked for Sears and Wolohan Lumber. He worked as a substitute instructor at the Kankakee Area Career Center in the building trades department. Robert also worked as a home inspector.

He raised quarter horses for many years.

From 1988 to 1989, he was the first commander of the VFW Post 9961 in Bourbonnais.

Robert enjoyed roller skating and golfing and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. He enjoyed woodworking and he built his own home in Bourbonnais, where he lived for 65 years.

He was a longtime school board member and a member of the Civil Defense.

Robert served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He served as an MP at the Great Lakes Naval Base. After his deployment, he served as a gunner’s mate first class on the U.S.S. Crescent City.

Robert was selected to participate in the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. He also was honored as a World War II veteran at a Chicago Blackhawks game.

He was an active member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Bradley, where he served as a Sunday school teacher, and he was a member of the Methodist Men’s group.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Nancy (Charles) Matesi, of New Lenox, and their son, Chas (Cara) Matesi, and their daughters, Olivia and Ella; daughter and son-in-law, Jan (Paul) Graham, of Minooka, and their children, Hayley (George) Slefo and Ray Graham; daughter and son-in-law, Sandra (Mark) Gravlin, of Bourbonnais, and their daughter, Amanda (Scott) Carnes, and their children, Molly, Milo, Maisey, Maren and Mercy; son, Ryan (Jenny) Gravlin, and their children, Monica and Ellis; and daughter, Lindsay (Jesse) Arseneau, and their children, Mia, Poppy and Dorothy; daughter and son-in-law, Connie (Carl) Reum, of Gibson City, and their daughter, Heather (Paul) Meister; and daughter, Ashley (Jamison) Stalter, and their children, June and Jentry; son and daughter-in-law, Bob Jr. (Paula) Knudsen, of Millsap, Texas, and their daughter, Chelsea Knudsen; son and daughter-in-law, Bill (Margareth) Knudsen, of Palatine; and one sister, Jane Tinker, of Gainesville, Ga.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; six siblings, Everett, John, Richard, Helen, Marge and Donald; and one granddaughter, Heather Meister.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 18, until the 11:30 a.m. funeral service at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais, with the Rev. Dalene Kuebler officiating. Interment will follow in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.

Memorials may be made to the Illinois Veterans Home at Manteno.

Please sign his online guestbook at clancygernon.com.