Ralph Forrest Knudson
Feb. 14, 1938-May 26, 2007
Damascus resident Ralph Forrest Knudson, 69, died Saturday, May 26, in Issaquah, Wash.
A celebration of life will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Pleasant Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church, 11125 S.E. 172nd Ave., Happy Valley.
Committal services with honors will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 4, at Willamette National Cemetery. Those who wish may view from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, June 1, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave.
Ralph was born Feb. 14, 1938, in West Hollywood, Calif., to Joseph and Lillian Caldwell Knudson. The family later moved to Eagle Rock, Calif., then to Glendale, Calif., where he graduated from Hoover High School.
Ralph enlisted in the Navy on Aug. 10, 1955. While in the Navy, Ralph married Charlotte Summers on Feb. 18, 1956, in Glendale. Ralph was honorably discharged Aug. 9, 1961.
After his discharge, Ralph graduated from Glendale College with an Associates Degree in business. While in college, Ralph was the Men’s Club president and student body president.
Following his graduation, Ralph worked for Ingledue Travel Publications in Hollywood as general manager.
Charlotte preceded Ralph in death April 13, 1964. Ralph married Patricia Benjamin in March 1965 in Glendale.
Ralph remained with Ingledue Travel Publications until 1970, when he created his own business, Official Directory of Data Processing, in Hollywood. In 1978, they moved to Damascus. In 1988, Ralph worked for Well Source Corp. in Clackamas, beginning as general manager and was working as vice president of sales.
Ralph loved to travel around the world, including China, the Mediterranean and on family trips to Scandinavia and Hawaii. Ralph was very active in the church, was a member of the Republican Party and the founder of his local neighborhood home owners association.
Ralph is survived by his wife of Damascus; daughters, Julia Hogate of Milton Freewater, April Jordan of Issaquah, Wash., Camille Santo of Everett, Wash., Heather Knapp of Gladstone; sons, Douglas Knudson of Las Vegas, Michael Knudson of Tillamook; and eight grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be made to Pleasant Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church Building Fund or the Worthy Student Fund, c/o the church.
Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
And from the Oregonian:
Ralph Forrest Knudson
A service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 2, 2007, in Pleasant Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church in Boring for Ralph Forrest Knudson, who died May 26 at age 69.
Mr. Knudson was born Feb. 14, 1938, in West Hollywood, Calif. He served in the Navy and graduated from Glendale College. He published the Official Directory for Data Processing in California and transferred it to Boring in 1978. Later, he was a sales vice president of Well Source, where he worked for the past 19 years. He was a member of the church. In 1956, he married Charlotte Summers; she died in 1964. He married Patricia Benjamin in 1965.
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Julia Hogate, April Jordan, Camille Santo and Heather Knapp; sons, Douglas and Michael; and eight grandchildren.
Remembrances to the building fund of the church. Arrangements by Gresham Memorial.