The Big Sandy Mountaineer -

Clifford (Cliff) N. Knutson


February 6, 2019

Clifford (Cliff) N. Knutson passed away on January 19, 2019 in Yuma, AZ of a heart attack at the age of 72. He was born on January 17, 1947 to Malfred and Anna Knutson of Big Sandy, MT where he lived until being drafted into the US Army.

Cliff served in the Vietnam War for one year and relocated to Helena upon his discharge. He attended the Helena Vo-tech and earned a degree in carpentry. He married Catherine Strizich on August 22, 1970. He spent 18 years with Yuhas Millwork and 15 years with the Helena School District #1 until his retirement at age 55. Cliff enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, spending time with his grand kids, and wintering in Yuma, AZ.

Cliff is survived by his wife of 48 years, Cathy; his daughters, Sarah (Mike) Magee of Helena and Holly (Donny) Holmlund of Helena; his sister, Dora Mahood of Great Falls, MT as well as his four-legged friend Sophy.

Surviving grandchildren are Alyssa and Ryan Magee; Madyson, Joseph and Isabelle Holmlund

He is preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Dorothy Geier and Delores Courtnage.

A Graveside Service with Military Honors is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 8, 2019 at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery, Ft. Harrison. A Reception will follow the burial at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church; 3580 N. Benton Ave in Helena. The family suggests memorials in Cliff's name go to the Lewis & Clark Humane Society, 2112 Custer Ave., Helena, MT 59602. Please visit to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Clifford.


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