In Memory of Burdelle Knudsen

Burdelle Knudsen
Burdelle Knudsen
Born: February 6, 1948
Died: December 1, 2022
Age: 74
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Burdelle Knudsen
February 6, 1948 - December 1, 2022
From: Ida Grove, IA

Burdelle Knudsen, age 74, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, December 1, 2022, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center of Omaha, Nebraska.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 8, 2022, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Rev. Richard A. Salcido will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa.   

The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Homes of Ida Grove, Iowa, are in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

    Burdelle Edward Knudsen was born on February 6, 1948, to Marven and Helen (Jensen) Knudsen in Battle Creek, Iowa.  He was baptized and confirmed in his faith at Trinity Lutheran Church of rural Ida Grove, Iowa. He attended Trinity until transferring to St. Paul Lutheran of Ida Grove in 1967.  Burdelle received his education in Ida Grove Public School system, where he graduated in 1966. 

  On March 12, 1967, Burdelle married his high school sweetheart, Darnelle Christiansen, in the St. Paul Lutheran Church. The couple was blessed with two sons, Cordell and Chris. The family lived, worked and breathed farming.  Being the fourth generation to work the home farm was a privilege to Burdelle, who was born a farmer and died a farmer.  He so loved feeding his cattle and raising grain using only green equipment.  His children, and later his grandchildren, were taught the art of farming from a seat on the fender of Burdelle’s tractor.

   Besides his passion for farming Burdelle was very involved in his community. He drove a school bus for Ida Grove Public School for nine years, has served as the Hayes Township Clerk since 1985, acted as an Ida County Soil Commissioner, and was a member of the Ida County Cattleman’s Association. Burdelle was a co-leader of the Grant Good Guys 4-H club and a 4-H county committee member.  He worked as a Farmer’s Mutual Hail Insurance Adjuster for 23 years and became an agent in 1995. Burdelle was also a writer and authored several articles for The Green Magazine because of his love for green equipment, also he joined the John Deere Two-Cylinder Club.

   Burdelle’s greatest love was his family, especially his grandchildren.  He was a kind and gentle soul with an abundance of patience.

   He is survived by his wife Darnelle Knudsen of Ida Grove, IA; his sons Cordell (Barb) Knudsen of Ida Grove, IA, and Chris Knudsen of Ida Grove, IA; five grandchildren: Kyle (Sam) Knudsen of Battle Creek, IA, Katie (Trey) Riessen of Battle Creek, IA, Kollin Knudsen of Ida Grove, IA; Hayley Knudsen (fiancé Ethan Uhl) of Cushing, IA, and Dallas Knudsen of Ida Grove, IA; two great-grandchildren Trenton Riessen and Dell Knudsen; brother Marelle Knudsen of Ida Grove, IA; brother-in-law Steve (Sue) Christiansen of Nixa, MO; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

   He was preceded in death by his parents Marven and Helen (Jensen) Knudsen; infant sister Maretta Knudsen; sister-in-law Cheryl Knudsen; parents-in-law Morrelle and Darlene Christiansen; step-father LeRoy Schagt, and brother-in-law Todd Christiansen.


10:30 a.m., Thursday,
December 8, 2022
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Rev. Richard A. Salcido


Kyle Knudsen
Kollin Knudsen
Dallas Knudsen
Katie Riessen
Hayley Knudsen
Samantha Knudsen
Trey Riessen
Ethan Uhl
Marc Knudsen

Honorary Pallbearers
Trenton Riessen
Dell Knudsen
Donavon Davenport 
Rodney Lindberg 
Ron Streck
Gene Diersen
Brad Miller
Bernie Krager
Merle Lansink


4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


"Lift High the Cross"
"On Eagle's Wings"
"How Great Thou Art"
"Amazing Grace"

Recorded Selection
"Daddy's Hands" by Holly Dunn


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 5:45 PM
“May all your family take love in their knowledge that Burdelle is in heaven. All of you are in my hearts.”
- Darla Krueger
Friday, December 9, 2022 at 4:57 PM
“Our deepest sympathy for the loss of Burdelle to Darnelle, Cordelle, Chris and families. ”
- Rod Schneider
Friday, December 9, 2022 at 4:57 PM
“My sympathy to the family of my longtime friend Burdelle ”
- Doug Gronau
Friday, December 9, 2022 at 4:57 PM
“ Lori and I are keeping all of you in our prayers.”
- Dennis & Lori Uhl
Friday, December 9, 2022 at 4:57 PM
“Sorry to hear of this prayers to you and your family. I always enjoyed when I was kid you would come over to play cards with the card club group. Very fond memories.”
- Janice Tietsort Calhoon
Friday, December 9, 2022 at 4:57 PM
“I am sorry to learn of Burdelle’s passing. I pray for peace for Darnelle and his entire family. ”
- Mary K (Brenden) Elsensohn
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 2:19 PM
“Prayers for the family, Burdelle was a great man. ”
- Travis Meeves
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 2:19 PM
“Sending our sympathy to the family.”
- Jim and Faylenne Slechta
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 2:19 PM
“I was very sad to hear of Burdelles passing. The entire Knudsen family was always a pleasure to do business with, and getting to know them. Burdelle was such a jolly guy, I’ll never forget him. My condolences to the entire family. I’m sincerely sorry for your loss.”
- Dave Hultgren
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at 12:11 PM
“Darrelle and family, my deepest sympathy to all of you. He was a very kind and thoughtful man. May he rest in peace. And may God comfort all of you. Jane”
- Jane OTool
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at 12:11 PM
“Our prayers for all. May he enjoy eternal life.”
- Robert and Marie Baker
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at 12:11 PM
“Deepest sympathy to Darnelle and all the families. Keep your memories close and enjoy them often!”
- Angela Goodman
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at 12:11 PM
“My deepest sympathies to Darnell, Cordell, Chris and families during this difficult time. ”
- Marshall Bumann
Monday, December 5, 2022 at 3:10 PM
“What a gentle, soft spoken man. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Pat Mildenstein-Rector”
- Patricia Mildenstein
Monday, December 5, 2022 at 3:10 PM
“My deepest sympathies to Darnell and family. Many prayers to all.”
- Donald Bond
Monday, December 5, 2022 at 3:10 PM
“One of the best neighbors, kindest souls and gracious person I have ever know. My condolences to Darnell, Cordell, Chris and families. Please know that Burdell will always hold a special place in my heart and I hold such great memories of he and my Dad together. ”
- Jodi Ehlers-Bunde
Monday, December 5, 2022 at 3:10 PM
“Sympathy and prayers to the family. Always a smile and a kind word. ”
- Colleen Hare
Monday, December 5, 2022 at 9:17 AM
“Our Thoughts and Prayers are with the Family of Burdell during this Difficult time. We were neighbors to Burdells parents.🙏🙏”
- Marge (Quandt) Miller
Monday, December 5, 2022 at 9:17 AM
“What a great guy. Prayers for the family. ”
- Larry and Dianne Hare
Monday, December 5, 2022 at 9:17 AM
“Our sympathies to the family for the sudden loss of Burrell. Prayers to all!”
- Bonnie Gilliland
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