LTC (Retired) Walter Henry Knudsen Jr., 85, was born April 20, 1932, in Sidney, N.Y., to Walter and Esther (Bennett) Knudsen Sr. He spent his childhood in Jamestown, N.Y., graduated from Jamestown High School and attended prep school to earn his appointment to the US Military Academy at West Point. After graduating West Point in 1956 as an infantry officer, he joined the Special Forces, serving in Korea, Vietnam and many other posts around the world.
While stationed at Fort Bragg, he met Paula Blaisdell, Army nurse, who soon became his wife. They married on Sept. 2, 1961, with Walt continuing to serve his country until his retirement in 1976. Walt and Paula retired to Seal Harbor with their three children, Pamela, Jennifer and Curtis. Following his military career, he continued to work, retiring from Greenrock Corp. and the Jackson Laboratory.
Walt was always an inspiration to his family and his community, actively showing his commitment through leadership in the American Legion, the Masons, Seal Harbor Old Timers, Seal Harbor Cemetery Association and St. Mary and St. Jude’s Episcopal Church vestry, Northeast Harbor.
He will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Paula Knudsen, his children Pamela Bell and husband, Paul DuPerry, of Hudson, Jennifer Tully and husband, Dennis, of St. Paul, Minn., and Curtis Knudsen Sr. and partner Darcie Carson of Gouldsboro; his grandchildren, Kelsey Schmersal and husband, Jeremy, Jordan Bell, Brynn Knudsen and partner Aaron Robidoux and Curtis Knudsen Jr.; great-grandchildren, Blake Bell, Renesmae and Jase Walter Knudsen. He was predeceased by his parents and his son, Walter H. Knudsen III.
Friends are invited to call 3-4 p.m., Sunday, March 4, 2018, with a funeral service to follow at St. Mary and St. Jude’s Episcopal Church, Northeast Harbor with a reception to immediately follow the service. Spring interment will be at Seal Harbor Cemetery.
Contributions in Walter’s memory may be made to the Seal Harbor Cemetery Association, c/o Steve Pinkham, P.O. Box 74, Seal Harbor, ME 04675.
Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert.
Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.