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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Lyle H. Knudsen
February 20, 1941 - May 5, 2022

Residence: Bainville, Montana

Lyle Knudsen, 81, of Bainville, MT, passed away on Thursday, May 5, 2022 at the Billings Clinic in Billings, MT.

Lyle Hartvig Knudsen was born on February 20, 1941 to Hartvig and Hazel Knudsen. His father passed away when Lyle was just 5 years old. He was raised on the family farm just north of Bainville along with his siblings Gerald, Wayne, Naoma, Beulah, and Orabelle. Faith and family helped them through those tough times.

Lyle attended Bainville School and graduated in 1959. After high school he worked as a farm hand and in 1961 his sister Beulah introduced him to a coworker named Mary Madson. They were a perfect match and in 1962 they were married in Ronan, Montana. They farmed north of Lanark and started a family. In that same year Lyle joined the Montana National Guard. He was honorably discharged in 1968 with the rank of E-5. He proved to be a good role model as his three boys all joined the National Guard when they got older. In 1970 Lyle moved his family to Ronan, Montana where he worked as a Shop Foreman for a Chrysler dealership.

Eastern Montana called them back to Bainville in the mid 70’s where Lyle started Knudsen Repair Center where the Welcome Stop is presently located. Lyle decided to get into the oil business in the 80’s and started Knudsen Contract Pumping. Along with his sons, Lyle worked many years in the oilfield and also worked as a school bus mechanic and bus driver for the Bainville School. Lyle was mechanically minded and because of that talent many people would call or stop by the house asking questions about their vehicle issues for years after the repair shop had closed.

Lyle was a hardworking man his entire life. He found joy in the simple things each day. He enjoyed deer hunting, toe tapping gospel music, and following the activities and growth of his grandchildren.

Lyle was an active member of Bainville Faith Fellowship Church. He along with other members helped to purchase, move, and setup the church in its current location. Lyle loved to travel with Mary whether it was on an Alaskan cruise, to see his sister Beulah in California, or on the back roads of Montana. He would take Mary almost daily to the Welcome Stop for coffee and a visit with friends followed by a drive in the side by side to check on the town. He was a good and true partner.

Lyle was preceded in death by his parents, Hartvig and Hazel; siblings, Gerald, Wayne, Naoma, and Orabelle, and daughter-in-law, Jayne.

Lyle is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Mary; sister, Beulah; daughter, Sherry Welty; sons, Lane, Mike (Melissa), and Brent; grandkids, Whitney and Tyler Welty, Joel (Kristen)and Seth (Mari) Knudsen, Christian and Torgun Knudsen; and great-grandkids, Jayne Knudsen and Lilah Welty as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

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Adel LaCounte (Florence, Montana)
May 7, 2022
Lyle was a good neighbor. My condolences to the family
Rhonda Parks (Froid, MT)
May 8, 2022
Our condolences to Lyle's family and friends. Lyle, was a dear friend to my dad. I will always be thankful for the time they spent together. We are thinking of you all.
Pat Wilson (Silver City, NM)
May 8, 2022
I was saddened to hear of Lyle’s passing. He was a good man, who together with Mary raised a wonderful family. My heartfelt sympathy.

Gennet Martin (Mesa, AZ)
May 10, 2022
My condolences to Mary and the entire family. Lyle will be missed by all who knew him. I’ll always remember his smile and friendly greeting each time we met. May he Rest In Peace.
Rhonda Kitch (Lansing, NY)
May 10, 2022
Lyle was always a kind and gentle person. He was a pillar of the Bainville community. My prayers are with Mary and his family as you gather to celebrate Lyle's life.
Darcy DeTienne (Rapid City, South Dakota)
May 10, 2022
I am truly saddened to hear of Lyle's passing. He was such an amazing person. He always had a huge smile and a big hug for me whenever we met. My heart goes out to the family.
Gene and Tabetha Parpart (Grenora, ND)
May 10, 2022
Our condolences go out to Lyle's family. Lane, we're very sorry to hear the news of your dad's passing. Prayers for you all.
Larry and Pamela Damm (Billings , Montana )
May 10, 2022
So sorry to hear of Lyle's passing. Praying for Mary and the entire Knudsen family.
Ray Unterseher (Watford City, North Dakota)
May 10, 2022
I am so sad to learn of Lyle’s passing away! I have never forgotten Lyle! I did a lot of service repair and maintenance work on the triplex pumps at the locations that he operated. We always had such an enjoyable time visiting and he was always eager to tell me what Jesus meant to him! Lyle was a man who practiced what he preached! The joy of the Lord shown about him and there was no guessing that he lived a personal experience with Jesus! He use to tell me that there are a lot of religious people around but if you do not have Jesus living in your heart, you don’t have a personal relationship with Him! That speaks volumes to me! I will never forget Lyle! His life just begun when he passed from this life! Thank You Lyle for your ministry and example to use all!
Ray Unterseher
Cole Brookman (Bainville , Montana )
May 11, 2022
Lyle has always been a pillar of our community. I always enjoyed visiting with him at the Welcome stop or out in the park at a church picnic. He was a great man. Sorry for your loss. Prayers
Tom & Thale Ludwick (Cyrus, Mn)
May 11, 2022
We are so sorry to hear about Lyle. Our hugs & prayers to Mary & all family!
Ruthie Horob (Fargo, ND)
May 11, 2022
My heart sank when I read of Lyle's passing. He was a great neighbor and friend. I never saw him without a smile. Such a kind, sincere man. My prayers are going forth for Mary and family for comfort and peace. Praise God for the gift of memories.
Cindy Armstrong Burgess & Bill Burgess (Salem, Oregon)
May 12, 2022
We were taken aback when Claudia told us of Lyle’s death. Our sincere sympathy to Mary and the whole Knudsen family. May good memories of a dear man comfort you.
Bonnie Pacovsky-Tuttle (Columbia Falls, Montana)
May 13, 2022
Mary & Family,
Lyle will certainly be missed by your whole community and anyone he has touched.
I only got to know you Mary & Lyle when Mike & I had the Tumbleweed Square in Bainville.
Like others have said, his smile and wonderful personality sure could make my day.
DelRoy and Cindy Ketterling (Wishek, ND)
May 14, 2022
We are very sorry to hear of Lyle' s passing. It was interesting to read the obituary and his talent of mechanical repair. It is never easy to lose a parent, grandparent, but keep the good memories of him in your hearts. We will think of your family on Sunday and hope the family will have fun memories of Lyle to share.
Georgia Wilson (Loudon, TN)
May 15, 2022
I will be attending the funeral on line.
Will see those left behind and the reunion in Bainville in July.
Dick Fisher (FORT BENTON, MT)
May 31, 2022
My condolences to Lyle's friends and family.
(I am a Grandson of Chris & Ida Knudsen of McCabe Mt.)
Georgia Wilson (Loudon, TN)
Aug 15, 2022
I will be attending the funeral on line.
Will see those left behind and the reunion in Bainville in July.
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