Harlan George Knauf

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  • Name: Harlan George Knauf
  • Location of Birth: Alexandria, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: March 7, 1923
  • Date of Death: November 15, 2014 (91 years old)
  • Parents: George Knauf and Meta (Grube) Knauf
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  • College: Brown Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota
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  • Branch: Navy
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  • Military Highlights:
    Harlan was a pilot in the Navy during World War II.

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    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    After the war, Harlan worked for Northwest Airlines as a Mechanic, Flight Engineer and retired as a Pilot. His last plane was the 747 and his favorite flight of destination was Hawaii.

    Harlan had a strong faith and was an elder at Redemption Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Minnesota.

    Harlan is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dolores; a son, Keith (Ida); daughters, Joyanne (Rudy) Hamilton and Kimberly (Jeffrey) Voigt; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

    He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Meta Knauf of Pengilly, Minnesota.

    Harlan died in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan and is buried in Dawn Valley Memorial Park at Bloomington, Minnesota. No photo of grave marker is available at this time.

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