Ray Knosalla

Raymond Knosalla

Raymond “Sonny” Knosalla, Jr., 78, of Motley, passed away February 13, 2016, at his home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Staples, with Father Joe Korf officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23 at Brenny Funeral Chapel, Staples and one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the spring at Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Staples.

Arrangements are entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel, Staples.

Sonny was born September 18, 1937 in Moran Township, Todd County, to Raymond and Mabel (Mikish) Knosalla. His family moved to Staples when he was ten. Sonny attended school at Sacred Heart and Lincoln Model. He worked at Southside Garage and the railroad for a short time before moving to California to work. 

Sonny married Wanda Rardin of Motley, in California on August 31, 1957.The couple owned a carpet store and he was also the captain of the Norco Mounted Police. They eventually returned to Minnesota in 1981 and built their home in Motley. 

He enjoyed working with wood, building both a boat and a camper, square dancing, clogging, fishing, camping, hunting and telling jokes.

In the winter he was a snowbird, living in Bullhead City and Apache Junction, AZ.

Sonny is survived by one son, Mark Knosalla of Motley; two daughters, Linda (Matt) Beebe of Motley and Lori (Marc) Gabiger of Boise, ID; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Louise Wentworth of Fergus Falls and  one brother, Gary (Sandy) Knosalla of Staples.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

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