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Douglas D Knudsen

Douglas D Knudsen

Douglas (Doug) Knudsen, age 71 of Durand died Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at home after a courageous battle with cancer with his family by his side.

Doug was born on April 5, 1950 in Carroll, Iowa. He was the son of Warren and Betty Knudsen. Doug and his family moved to Willard, Wisconsin in 1958 and he graduated from Greenwood High School in 1969. Doug married Diane Broberg on July 7, 1973 at Rock Creek Lutheran Church. After marriage Doug and Diane lived in Iowa for two years before returning to the Durand area to raise their family.

Doug is survived by his wife of 48 years, Diane and his children, Trent Knudsen, Kendra (Nick) Weber, Ana-Luisa (Andre) Ceolin; seven grandchildren, Haylee and Kelsey Knudsen, Addysen, Rylee, and Cooper Weber, Rafaela and Antonio Ceolin; sisters Rosalie Wiand and Wanda (George) Eitland; brothers Larry (Donna) Knudsen, Craig (Deb) Knudsen, Curtis (Sandy) Knudsen, Paul (Tami) Knudsen; Sisters-in-law: Brenda (James) Bauer, Linda Kerkhoff, Becky (Pete) Richardson, Colleen (Randy) Weiss, Caryl (Randy) Keys; Brother-in-law: David Broberg (Jim Sass); Father-in-law: Stanley Broberg; many nieces, nephews cousins, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, mother-in-law, Doris Broberg, brothers-in-law Mark Kerkhoff and David Lien.

Doug loved to fix and tinker with things and was fortunate to be able to make a life-long career of it. He worked at the Durand Co-op for 21 years and Black’s Valley Ag for 15 years before retiring in 2012.

Funeral services will be 11:00AM Monday, December 20, 2021 at Faith Lutheran Church in Durand. Rev. Bethany Walker will officiate. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, December 19 at Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to the services at the church on Monday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Holly Sankey

    Diane, I am very sorry to hear about your husband's passing, thoughts and prayers for you and family

  2. Amanda Glaus

    Diane and family,
    I am so very sorry to hear of Doug's passing. May God's love help you through this most difficult time and give you peace. Thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the coming days.

  3. Mark Hayden

    Thoughts and prayers with you and your entire family Diane.

    Mark & Tiffany

  4. Monica Heitman

    My deepest sympathy Diane and family! Hugs ~

  5. Roger and Jane Knudsen

    We are so sorry for your loss! Doug and I had a lot of adventures through the years. I didn't get to attend your wedding because I had National Guard, and now I won't be able to make the funeral because of my Dad passing away. We will be there in spirit. Love, Roger and Jane

  6. Tom and Barb Kurtz

    Dianne, Heard from Steve this morning about Doug's passing. Want you to know you are definitely in our thought and prayers.

  7. Julie Webb

    Your in my thoughts and prayers. Keep your head up it will get better.

  8. Tamara Warner

    Paul and Tami,
    So sorry for your loss.

  9. Nick and Sue Sperger

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Prayers

  10. Diane Pergolski

    Doug was a grade and high school
    classmate of mine. He was a good friend and we shared fun times. I am so sorry to hear of his passing.

  11. Mary Briski

    To Diane and family and the whole Knudsen family.....we are so saddened to hear this news. Please know that we are thinking of all of you and sending hugs. Doug was a great guy!!! He will be missed.
    Tom and Mary Briski


    Diane and Family,
    We were saddened to hear of Doug's passing. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Sincerely, Dave and Kris Polzer

  13. Elizabeth Bauer

    Am sorry for your loss Diane, condolences to you and your family.

  14. Rex and Linda Hoover

    Rex and I are both thinking of you Diane and family. He will be missed by all. Deepest Sympathy. Rex and Linda

  15. Pat Petrie / Kurth

    My sympathy goes out to your family!7

  16. Kurt and Sue Richardson

    So sorry to hear of the Lassing of Doug. Thoughts and prayers are being sent to your family!????????????????????

  17. Rick and Carol Richardson

    Our sympathy to all.

  18. Janine Bertelson Seiffert

    Diane, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  19. Maralyn Anderson

    My sympathy to the family - you are all in my prayers.

  20. Donna Karshbaum

    God Bless the Family, Doug was a Amazing Person, Hang on to the Memories, Our Rope Pulling was a Great and Awesome, Great Times and Memories, Love You All ????❤️????

  21. John and Judy Parr

    Sorry for your loss

  22. LuAnn Hayden

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

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