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January 17, 1924 – Monday, April 11, 2016

Service Information
Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church-Pelican Lake
Friday, April 15, 2016
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
Thursday, April 14, 2016
4 – 8 PM; 7 PM Prayer Service

Carl George Gutknecht Jr.

age 92, of Buffalo, passed away on Monday, April 11, 2016 at the Buffalo Hospital.

He was born on January 17, 1924 in Frankfort Township, Wright County, Minnesota, the son of Carl H. Sr. and Eleanor Fredricke Wilhelmina (Pautzke) Gutknecht.

He was baptized on March 9, 1924 at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church-Pelican Lake,by Pastor W.C. Schrader. He was also instruced in The Lutheran catechism and confirmed in his Christian faith on August 15, 1937 at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church-Pelican Lake by Pastor W.C. Nickels.

Carl graduated from Buffalo High School in 1942 and participated in choir and sports.

Carl Gutknecht met Roberta Haase at a dance in Minneapolis, and continued old time dancing from there on. The two were married on May 16, 1953 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bertha, Minnesota (a double wedding ceremony with his sister-in-law, Alice Haase and Sverre Waagen) by The Reverend A.J. Kretzchmar. God blessed their marriage with six children.

He was a faithful member of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church-Pelican Lake. Through the years, Carl held several church offices, was a church elder, president of the church counsel, and sang in the choir.

He was a proud U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Korean Conflict between 1946 and 1947.

Carl was a farmer and a Mallard Seed Corn Dealer. Besides farming, Carl enjoyed playing the harmonica, making wine, sitting in his orchard, going to the family lake cabin, time spent with his grandchildren, and attending family events. He had a great sense of humor.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Roberta Gutknecht; great-grandson, Isaiah; parents; infant brother; brothers, Elmer, Richard, Walter, Arthur, Elroy; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Gutknecht, Doris Gutknecht, Darleen Gutknecht; and brother-in-law, Johannes Fure.

He is survived by his children, Laura (Jon) Cella of Copperas Cove, TX, Karla McPherson of Buffalo, Claudia (Micah) Ernst of Eugene, MO, Teresa (Douglas) Umphrey of Twin Valley, MN, Daniel K. Gutknecht of Buffalo, Barbara (Ron Schliesman) Clifton of Montrose; 22 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Lillian (Edwin) Duff of Sun City, AZ; sisters-in-law, Florence Gutknecht of Buffalo, Beatrice Fure of Shakopee, Alice (Sverre) Waagen of Clearwater; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Funeral services for Carl Gutknecht will be held on Friday, April 15 at 11:00 A.M. at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church-Pelican Lake. Pastor Stephen A. Smith will officiate and interment will follow at the church cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, April 14 from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the church. A prayer service will be held at 7:00 P.M.

Further visitation will be held on Friday, April 15 at the church one hour prior to services.

Casket bearers will be Uriah Ernst, Joshua Ernst, Amanda Campbell, Miranda Dittmer, Undria Davis, Rachel McPherson, Rebecca Cella, Tommy McPherson, and Diana Steele.

Honorary casket bearers will be all other grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church – Pelican Lake or West Lutheran School in Plymouth.

Serving the family is the Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. 763-682-1363.

2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Rev. James Lillo

    I have many fond memories of both Carl and all the Gutknechts while serving
    Immanuel from 1972-1977. For your comfort remember that “BLESSED ARE THE DEAD, WHO DIE IN THE LORD.”

  2. Laura Gutknecht Cella

    John 10:10b, (Jesus said) “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” (some versions say “have it abundantly.”)
    At my father’s funeral this month, some people said he had a full life. What made it full? Was it his 92 years of age? Was it the number of his great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren? Was it the debt-free farm and equipment he owned? I think it had more to do with his well-worn Bible and hymnal left on his chair. He knew that Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection were accomplished to remove the stain of his sin. Jesus was the center of his life and his purpose for living. He was ready to be with Jesus. Living life to the full starts with Jesus; everything else will seem empty.
    Lord, fill me with the dedication and devotion that keep you at the center of my life. Amen


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