George Knode, 84, of LeRoy

George Elmer Knode, of LeRoy, died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 on his 84th birthday, at the Wildwood Grove Care Facility where he had resided since June of 2012.

He was born Jan. 16, 1930 in Oakdale Township, Howard County, Iowa the fourth son of Alva and Freda (Prentis) Knode. George farmed with his family and completed the eighth grade, later earning his GED through LeRoy-Ostrander High School. He participated in Boy Scouts and Golden Glove Boxing.

On Oct. 8, 1950, George married Marian (June) Erie and raised four children while operating a dairy farm with his brother Glen in rural LeRoy. He was a 4-H leader, a passionate NFO member and faithful blood donor. He took great pride in his children and grandchildren. After June’s death, George married Shirley Spencer Nagele on Sept. 10, 2004, living on East Henry Street in LeRoy until his move to Wildwood.

George is survived by his wife, Shirley of LeRoy; sister, Marie (Royjohn) Duffey of Mesa, Ariz.; children, Keiko (wife of David) Knode of Bellevue, Wash., John (Connie) Knode of Riceville, Iowa, Sharon (Al) Bergan Hodgdon of LeRoy and Steve (Glenda) Knode of Spring Valley, Minn.; step-children, Dennis (Deborah) Rice, Michael (Pam) Nagele of LeRoy and Michelle (Gary) Nagele of Spring Valley; eight grandchildren; step grandchildren; and many great and step great-grandchildren.

George was preceded in death by his wife, June; son, David; son-in-law, Stan Bergan; an infant grandson; and brothers, Alfred, Glen and Paul.

Funeral services for George Knode were held Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at LeRoy Lutheran Church in LeRoy, Minn. with Pastor Herman Bakker officiating. Burial took place in LeRoy Lutheran Cemetery. Hindt Funeral Home of LeRoy was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left online at



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