In Memory of Cheryl L. Knudsen

Cheryl L.  Knudsen
Cheryl L. Knudsen
Born: July 1, 1947
Died: July 24, 2020
Age: 73
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Cheryl L. Knudsen
July 1, 1947 - July 24, 2020
From: Ida Grove, IA

Cheryl L. Knudsen, age 73, of Ida Grove, Iowa passed away on Friday, July 24, 2020, at the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Reverend Richard A. Salcido will officiate. Committal will follow in the Morgan Township Cemetery of Schleswig, Iowa. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, July 27, 2020, at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, masks are encouraged and social distancing rules apply.  The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  Condolences may be sent online at

Cheryl L. Knudsen, the daughter of Lloyd and Lorraine (Schultz) Wessel, was born on July 1, 1947, in Denison, Iowa. She grew up in the rural Crawford and Ida County areas. She attended and graduated from Ida Grove High School with the class of 1965.

On September 5, 1965, Cheryl was united in marriage to Marelle Knudsen in the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. The couple made their home on the family’s century farm located 10 miles southwest of Ida Grove and they were blessed with two children Michelle and Marc.

Taking an active role on the farm, Cheryl was always involved with all the daily activities and operations of the farm. You may remember Cheryl’s warm smile at the local Pamida store where she worked for 30 years before retiring.

Blessed with a green thumb, Cheryl enjoyed being outside tending to her flowers and landscaping. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who took great pride in her family especially her grandchildren. Cheryl loved shopping, going to country music concerts with Marelle, cooking, baking, and treasured spending time with her large family. 

Cheryl was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa and taught Sunday school.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband Marelle Knudsen of Ida Grove, Iowa; children Michelle (Tom) Clifford of Ann Arbor, MI and Marc (Ann) Knudsen of Ida Grove, IA; five grandchildren: Madison (fiancé Jason Chase) Clifford of Lenexa, KS, Michael Clifford of Ann Arbor, MI, Miranda (fiancé Tyler Roberts) Knudsen of Lake View, IA, Martin (Rhondee) Knudsen of Schleswig, IA,  Matthew Knudsen of Ida Grove, IA; great-grandchildren Kipp and Granger Knudsen of Schleswig, IA; brothers Gene (Myra) Wessel, Gailen (Pam) Wessel and LaWayne (Barb) Wessel all of Ida Grove, IA; brother-in-law Burdelle (Darnelle) Knudsen of Ida Grove, IA; numerous extended family and friends.

Cheryl was preceded in death by her parents Lloyd and Lorraine Wessel; parents in-law Marven and Helen Knudsen; and step father in-law LeRoy Schagt.



10:30 a.m., Tuesday
July 28, 2020
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Rev. Richad A. Salcido &
Rev. Neil Wehmas


Michael Clifford
Jason Chase
Matt Knudsen
Martin Knudsen
Tyler Roberts
Chris Knudsen
Cordell Knudsen

Honorary Pallbearers
Miranda Knudsen
Kipp Knudsen
Maddie Clifford
Granger Knudsen 
Rhondee Knudsen


5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Monday, July 28, 2020
Christensen-Van Houten
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Here I Am Lord
Amazing Grace
I Know That My Redeemer Lives


Morgan Township Cemetery
Schleswig, Iowa


Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 9:30 AM
“My deepest sympathies to you and your family.”
- Marshall R Bumann
Monday, August 3, 2020 at 8:51 AM
“Iam so sorry for your loss! I so enjoyed seeing her throughout the at different places she worked. She always kept me updated on how Michelle we’re doing....Go Hawks! Michelle, Mark and you’re all in my thoughts and prayers!”
- Janet Glassel Schmidt
Monday, August 3, 2020 at 8:51 AM
“Dear Marelle and Family, We are sorry for your loss of Cheryl. Our thoughts and prayers with you all. Mike and Mary”
- Mike & Mary Monroe
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 9:14 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Worked with Cheryl at Pamida for several years. She was a sweet sweet lady. Thoughts
and prayers are with all of you. ”
- Kristi Drury
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 9:50 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family in this hard time. We know words can’t take away the hurt you’re feeling, but we want you to know how much we care. Sending you love and strength in this time of loss.”
- Chase Family
Monday, July 27, 2020 at 9:05 AM
“Mark Ann family
So shocked and sad in the loss of you mom grandma Cheryl and us five sales girls go back a long way we detasseled corn together why back when. We always had so much fun Your mom will be greatly missed by many families and friends
May the lord wrap his arms around you all and give you piece 🙏🏻🙏🏻”
- Corky Blackmore
Monday, July 27, 2020 at 9:05 AM
“I an sorry to hear of Cheryl's passing. She was a very nice person. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
God's Blessings.”
- Jerry Boger
Monday, July 27, 2020 at 9:05 AM
“Condolences on your lost Marelle and family. May Cheryl rest in Peace and may the Lord be with y'all.”
- Charles N Virginia Witte
Monday, July 27, 2020 at 9:05 AM
“Sending our thoughts and prayers as you celebrate your many wonderful memories ~ May you all know you are so loved!”
- The Gunderson Family
Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 12:36 PM
“You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Cheryl was such a special lady and will be missed. Treasure your memories. Pat Mildenstein - Rector”
- Pat D Mildenstein-Rector
Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 12:36 PM
“Our heart breaks for your family. Our sincere sympathy to you all. Cheryl was a gem and loved by all. She will be greatly missed by so many. Love to you from our family.”
- Karen & Bob Fletcher
Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 12:36 PM
“We are so very saddened by the passing of this incredible lady. We absolutely love the Knudsen family and all they stand for, and all of them are in our thoughts and prayers. Cheryl was an angel on Earth, and now she has her wings and no doubt is smiling down on her beautiful family. Until we see you again our friend....”
- Brad & Kristina Miller
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