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James D. Knust

April 16, 1944 ~ September 3, 2020 (age 76)


James D. Knust, 76 of Rapid City, died Sept. 3, 2020 at Munson Medical Center with his daughter by his side.  He was born April 16, 1944 in Romeo, MI the son of Edward and Ellen (Mathie) Knust.

   As a young boy James moved with his family to Torch River. He graduated from Rapid City High School in 1962, and was proud to play basketball as a Rapid City Bobcat.  After graduation he enlisted in the United States Air Force in Little Rock, Arkansas in the telecommunications department and went overseas during the war sending codes and messages.

   After he returned home, he met Heather Templin and on September 12, 1970 they were married.  He held several jobs working as a Residential Builder, working at Alden Lumber, and then as a postal carrier for twenty-five years.  James retired from the post office and was caretaker of his rental cottages on Torch Lake.

   James spent his free time fishing and hunting with family.  He played on a pool league with his friends and ran an animal rescue group with Heather.  They enjoyed many vacations including Hawaii and Alaska; hunting trips out west and yearly visits to Orange Beach to catch fish.  Most recently James could be found enjoying a drink at Kritters with his friends. 

   Surviving are his daughters Amy (Randy) Russell, Holly (Rich) Charbonneau, grandsons Logan Knust, Scott Russell, granddaughters Calista and Olivia Charbonneau, brother Eddie (Shirley) Knust, and sister Janice (Russ) Clark.  He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Heather Templin.

   Funeral services will be held Friday, September 11th, at 1p.m. at the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes with Pastor Gary Bekkering officiating.  Interment with military honors will follow in Milton Township Cemetery, Milton Township. The family will receive friends Thursday, September 10th from 6 to 8 pm also at the funeral home. 

   Memorial contributions can be given to Help From My Friends, 3820 Ritt Road, Bellaire, MI 49615.

   Arrangements have been handled by the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.  Please sign his online guestbook


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September 10, 2020

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Bellaire Chapel
106 South Bridge Street
Bellaire, MI 49615

Funeral Service
September 11, 2020

1:00 PM
Bellaire Chapel
106 South Bridge Street
Bellaire, MI 49615

September 11, 2020

2:30 PM
Milton Township Cemetery

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