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Caleb Knutson

April 7, 1924 September 2, 2019
Caleb Knutson
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Caleb Knutson, age 95, of Radcliffe, IA, passed away on Monday, September 2, 2019 at Northridge Village in Ames, IA.
Loren Caleb Knutson was born April 7, 1924, the second son of B.C. and Lettie (Thompson) Knutson on the family farm in Radcliffe, Iowa.
He was baptized on May 29, 1924 and later confirmed at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Radcliffe, Iowa. Caleb served on the planning committee for the new church.
He attended Radcliffe Public School and graduated in 1941.
Following graduation, Caleb began farming with his father. Along with his father, he raised, processed and marketed hybrid seed corn and oats from 1939-1949. These were the great hybrids which were a great improvement over open pollinated corn. B.C. and Caleb were great innovators while they were raising pigs and cattle. They were the first in the area to employ mulch tillage practices by using a sidewinder and a chisel. They won a SCS award for contouring and terracing work in 1955. When B.C. and Caleb were named as Master Pork Producers in 1966, B.C. was the “Oldest Master Pork Producer” ever named in Iowa. The partnership continued until 1968 when B.C. retired.
On May 24, 1947, Caleb Knutson and Lois Erickson were joined in marriage in Bethesda Lutheran Church, Ames, Iowa. For the first six years of marriage they resided in Radcliffe, Iowa while in farming partnership with Caleb’s parents. In the fall of 1952, they exchanged houses with Caleb’s parents and moved out to the country where they resided for 50 years.
Caleb was an inventor about 10 years before his time. He built a corn detasseling machine in 1943, commercial fertilizing spreader in 1944, but the basic design is still used in today’s machine and an auger in 1945 to enable the farmers to load wagons pulled behind the combine. Also, in 1965 he discovered the method of applying anhydrous ammonia in the liquid form at very low pressure and cold temp. It is used now called the “cold flow” method of application.
Caleb retired from actively farming after 57 years. During his farming years, he milked cows (1947-1956), raised cattle and farrowed to finish pigs from early high school to 1993. He was still very involved in the crop-share operation with his youngest son, Ben and his wife Carin. In the spring and the fall, you could find Caleb in the tractor tilling the ground and picking up rocks with his four-wheeler and his hydraulic rock picker. His last day working on the farm was in May of this year. He loved to be on the farm.
In 1969 Caleb started selling real estate in and around the Radcliffe area. When people saw him, they reminded him that he was their realtor when they bought their home in Radcliffe. He held membership in the National and State Association of Realtors, Farm and Land Institute and Hardin County Board of Realtors in 1976. He sold real estate for 30 years before retiring. Caleb was also very involved on the Soil Conservation Board of Hardin County.
Caleb took every opportunity to be involved in his community and helping others. He was an active member of Kiwanis International for many years. He was a co–author of the Radcliffe Community Folks and Facts book that was published in honor of Radcliffe’s Centennial celebration in June 1980. He could always be found with a camera in his hand taking pictures of the many activities going on in Radcliffe.
Caleb died peacefully on September 2, 2019 at Northridge Village in Ames, Iowa.
Those left to cherish his memory are their four children, Robert Knutson (Nancy) Cottage Grove, WI Joel Knutson (Jennifer) Nisswa, MN, Lila Parlin, Medical Lake, WA and Ben (Carin) Knutson, Radcliffe, IA. His grandchildren, Emilie Knutson, Hawk Luera, Alyssa Knutson, Katie Pichelman (Keith), Mark Knutson (Hanna), Aaron Parlin, Adrienne Parlin-Schneider (Brent) and one great-granddaughter, Charlotte Parlin. His sister Rhoda Oscarson, sister-in-law, Margaret Knutson, brother- in-law, Dick Erickson (Mavis), brother-in-law Howard Reisetter and sister-in-law, Karen Erickson and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lettie (Thompson) Knutson, B.C. Knutson, Gertie Knutson, his wife Lois, and his brother Glennys Knutson.


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Visitation

Friday

6

Sep

6:00 PM 9/6/2019 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 9/6/2019 8:00:00 PM
Our Savior's Lutheran Church

601 Isabella
Radcliffe, IA 50230

Our Savior's Lutheran Church
601 Isabella Radcliffe 50230 IA
United States

Funeral Service

Saturday

7

Sep

10:30 AM 9/7/2019 10:30:00 AM
Our Savior's Lutheran Church

601 Isabella
Radcliffe, IA 50230

Our Savior's Lutheran Church
601 Isabella Radcliffe 50230 IA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Radcliffe Cemetery Final Resting Place

Radcliffe, IA

Radcliffe IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Radcliffe American Legion Post #317

27242 E Ave
Radcliffe, IA 50230

Our Savior's Lutheran Church

601 Isabella
Radcliffe, IA 50230
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