Denny Knudsen

January 20, 1953April 6, 2019

Denny Knudsen, 66, of Des Moines, Iowa, passed at home on Saturday, April 6, 2019.

Denny was born to E. H. (Al) and Jean Knudsen, January 20, 1953, in Clinton, Iowa. He graduated from Valley High School in 1971. He married Karen Jennings (Korpela) in 1975 and they lived together in Des Moines for 26 years.

He leaves as his legacy four children: Jenniffer (Robbie) DePatten (Des Moines), Carrie (Braden) Willis (Des Moines), Dustin Knudsen (Des Moines), and Dylan (April) Knudsen (Urbandale), 4 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter: Andrew Hastings (Des Moines), Patricia DePatten (Des Moines), RJ DePatten (Des Moines), Harley Knudsen (Urbandale), and Kencia Smith (Des Moines). He leaves to cherish his memory his mother, Jean Knudsen and three siblings: Jan (Robert) Swanson (Ankeny), Kathy (Dennis) Johnson (Ellston), John (Sabine) Knudsen (Des Moines) and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by E.H. (Al) Knudsen, Father.

His children remember him as a loving and supportive father and grandfather. Denny had a big heart who cared so much for everyone. He shared his love and faith in the Lord with his family. He loved singing and playing his guitar at Zion Lutheran Church. He was full of strength, compassion and was charitable to many. He was patriotic. His siblings remember him as a kind, thoughtful and loving man.

Denny was a carpenter and superintendent for 32 years. He retired in 2016 and enjoyed working as a quality controller and a courier. He loved the relationships he built with people while working. Denny was passionate about his faith, family and country. He enjoyed singing and playing guitar, spending time with family, listening to music, and talking politics.

A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Thursday, April 11, 2019 at McLarens Resthaven Funeral Home & Cemetery. Mr. David Burrier will officiate the ceremony. Memorials may be made to the family in lieu of flowers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be directed to the family. For full obituary and online condolences, please visit for the Knudsen family.


  • Dylan Knudsen
  • Dustin Knudsen
  • Braden Willis
  • Andrew Hastings
  • Robert DePatten
  • RJ DePatten
  • John Knudsen


  • Celebration of Life Service Thursday, April 11, 2019

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Timothy Korpela

April 10, 2019

Denny was a great brother-in-law and friend, he will be sorely missed. Denny had a kind heart and always made time for others. Denny has been a part of my life for the past 47 years.

Denny used to give me rides back in the day, I remember he took my friends and me all the way to Ledges State park to camp in the back woods when I was around 14 and he came back to pick us up a couple days later in his Toyota Corolla with a big smile on his face.

When I bought my first home in Kansas City, Denny came down to help me remodel the kitchen and set cabinets and counters - he was a life saver that weekend. I remember riding back to Des Moines with him listening to Credence Clearwater Revival all the way.

Denny hired me to help him one summer with his remodeling business when he was partnered with Hal. He came back from lunch on day and handed me a brand new wood American four foot level - which I cherish and use to this day.

Our hearts are broken for the Knudsen family, we will miss Denny very much.

Timothy and Nancy Korpela

Jack Hon

April 8, 2019

I had the privilege to be in Boy Scouts with Dennis. We always had great times on our outings
Rest In Peace brother