Carroll Eugene Knutson

Carroll Eugene Knutson, 86, of Cortez, passed away Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014.

Carroll was born June 6, 1927, in Estherville, Iowa, and shared the same birthdate as his mother, Minnie Knutson and his granddaughter, Jennifer Fox.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II and then attended and graduated from the University of Iowa. Carroll then taught Health and Science at the Junior High School in Bethalto, Ill.

Carroll is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, of 63 years; his son Jim Knutson and his wife, Debbie, of Littleton, Colo., and his daughter Jean Tipton and her husband, Scott, of Cortez; by his brother Ron Knutson and his wife, Pat, of Milford, Iowa; and his sisters, Alice Erickson, of Mora, Minn., and Marvel Harris, of Storm Lake Iowa. He is also survived by his granddaughter Jennifer Fox and her husband, Blake, of Franklin, Tenn., his grandson Matthew Knutson and his wife Elizabeth, of Athens, Ga., and his granddaughters Meredith Liesl Ross and her husband Chris, currently stationed in Abilene, Tex., and Elizabeth Weber and her husband, Jace, or Cortez, Colo.

A memorial service was held Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at Montezuma Valley Presbyterian Church, in Cortez, with interment preceding at the Cortez Cemetery.

Contributions in Carroll’s memory may be made to the Kiwanis Club of Mesa Verde, PO Box 753, Cortez, Colo. 81321. Please include “Scholarship Fund” on memo line. Services were under the direction of Ertel Funeral Home. To send condolences, log on to and click on the obituary section.