Norman Knickrehm

Norman Knickrehm


Dates

May 28, 1936 - April 7, 2022

Obituary

Norman Knickrehm, 85, of Mitchell, SD, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 7, 2022, at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Thursday, April 14, at First Lutheran Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-7:00 PM at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a 6:30 prayer service.

Norman Ernst Knickrehm was born May 28, 1936, in Mitchell, SD to Otto and Alma (Gerlach) Knickrehm. He grew up on a farm west of Mitchell and received his grade school education from Beulah Township 27-Rural Mitchell. He graduated from Mitchell High School in 1956. Following High School, he remained at home farming with his father. He served in the Army from 1958-1961 which included tours overseas to Germany. Upon returning home from the service, he returned to farming with his father.

While out with friends, Norman met the love of his life, closest friend, wife, and later caregiver, Sondra. Following their one-year courtship, Norman was united in marriage to Sondra Kisley on August 7, 1965, in Lake Andes, SD.

He was employed at Hardware Supply as a route delivery driver from 1966-1969. In 1969, he started working for the Mitchell Post Office as a city mail carrier where he received numerous awards and recognitions throughout his career until his retirement in 1998. In April 2021, Norman received his Gold Card commemorating fifty years of loyal membership in the National Association of Letter Carriers. After starting a family, Norman worked at the gas station in the evenings following his long days carrying mail. He continued to improve his skills by completing courses in securities and investments and home wiring from Mitchell Area Vo Tech.

Norman enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. His hobbies consisted of fishing, hunting, and woodworking. Following retirement, Norman enjoyed meeting his friends for coffee every afternoon along with many hours spent putting puzzles together. He was constantly tinkering with odds and ends of all sorts to modify and improve things to make them better.

Those honored for having shared in Norman’s life are his wife, Sondra; children, Carmen (Robert) Selting of Sturgis, SD, Brent (Julie) Knickrehm and Kristi (Chad) Vondra both of Sioux Falls, SD; grandchildren, Tyler & Cathrine Selting, John & Andrew Knickrehm, Sidney, Hilary, Samuel & Ian Vondra; and great-grandson Leo. He is also survived by his brother, Kenneth Knickrehm of Douglass, KS; sisters, Wilma Buffington of Artesian, SD and Irene Hamaan of Ortonville, MN; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Harold and Marvin; sisters, Edna Knickrehm, Violet Knickrehm, and Eileen Woods; and infant twin siblings, Ruth and Rueben.

 


Visitation(s)

Date
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Time
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location
6:30 PM Prayer Service

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301

Service

Date
Thursday, April 14, 2022
Time
10:30 AM
Location
First Lutheran Church
411 N Duff St
Mitchell, SD 57301

Cemetery

Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD


Posted by Bonnie Lange on April 13, 2022
Rob, Carmen and family. My deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. God's Blessings on you as you remember him at the service tomorrow and coming weeks.
Posted by Tony and Andrea Ferguson and Children on April 12, 2022
May Norman Rest In Peace and his family find comfort in the love they share among them and the memories they have to cherish of their dearly departed husband and father. God bless you all!
Posted by Mary E. (Baxter) Schiefen on April 11, 2022
Sondra and family. I am sorry to see that your husband and dad passed away. We will not be able to attend the funeral. Love Mary
Posted by Kathy Campbell of Andover, Kansas on April 10, 2022
Ken: losing your brother must be very,very sad. May the guidance that Norm gave you, and the fun you two shared, surface through your grieving at this time. My continued sympathy.
Posted by Greg Selting on April 10, 2022
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Remember all the good times.
Posted by Ellen Selting on April 10, 2022
My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Keep the memories close.
Posted by Steve & Sheryl McClure on April 10, 2022
Sondra and family so sorry for your loss. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless.
Posted by Cary Bauman on April 9, 2022
The world has lost a kind soul. Blessings to family and friends. Loss of a dear friend. Bauman family sends it's condolences.
Posted by Donna Kunz on April 9, 2022
Sorry for your loss. RIP
Posted by Charolette Peterson on April 9, 2022
Sondra you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.So sorry for your loss.
Posted by Todd Miller on April 9, 2022
I'm very sorry to hear of Norman's passing. So many memories back on 14th street. My condelences to all of you.
Posted by Duane & Pearl Duba on April 9, 2022
sorry for your loss
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