Shirley Knuth

Funeral Services for 89-year old Shirley Knuth will be Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 1:00 PM at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD, with Dr. Russ Seger officiating.

A vigil will be held on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 7:00 PM at Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron, NE, with Fr. Todd Philipsen officiating.

A memorial has been established for the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church or Prairie Pines Lodge. Donations can be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.

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Shirley Ann Knuth was born at home on the farm near Butterfield, MN, on July 24, 1931 to Henry and Hazel Wolff. She passed away March 6, 2021, at Crestview Care Center in Chadron.

Shirley attended school in Fairmont, MN and graduated from Albert Lea, MN in 1949. She was employed in various administrative positions throughout the years. She was also a 1st Lt and instructor with the Civil Air Patrol in history, aerial flight navigation and observation. She enjoyed watching her students succeed.

Shirley married Fred Knuth in 1984 and enjoyed 36 wonderful years together. After retiring, they enjoyed traveling in their fifth wheel to many places. Their favorite was in Texas along the ocean.

Shirley enjoyed reading and traveling, and she was a life long Democrat.

Shirley was proceeded in death by her parents, Henry and Hazel (Law) Wolff, her first husband William Pardee, her son Harold Dean Nelson, and her mother-in-law Minnie Knuth. She is survived by her loving husband Fred Knuth, her sister Patricia (Jerry Willits), her children Celia Fahl, Patti Lane (Greg Moore), Mary Jo Nelson, Julie Nelson, Liz (Keith Paskey), and Jenny (Bruce Vanderford). She also has many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements.