ROBERT O. KNUTSON, 78, died January 27, 2000, at his home at 1000 23rd Avenue S.W., Austin, Minnesota. At a young age the family moved to Spring Valley, Minnesota, where he attended the lower grades in school before moving to Grand Meadow, Minnesota. The family then moved to Austin, Minnesota, where he attended high school, graduating in 1939.
He then began working for the city of Austin in the waste water treatment plant until joining the Army Air Force in 1942. He served in aircraft maintenance in northeast India early in World War II, and later was stationed at Tinian in the Pacific Theater.
After the war he resumed working for the city of Austin until his retirement in 1980.
He was an early builder of radio control model airplanes, and a member of the Experimental Association.
Bob was a gas engine collector, particularly model airplanes, inboard and outboard boat motors, and many other interesting mechanical devices.
He is survived by a brother, Don S. Knutson of Nevada, and a nephew, Steve Knutson of New York.
Submitted by friend and neighbor Donald Richardson, 2511 4th Dr. S.W. Austin, Minnesota 55912-2869.