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Kenneth C. Knutsen Sr., teacher
Feb. 22, 1942 -- Feb. 12, 2006

Kenneth C. Knutsen Sr., a teacher, died Sunday in his Amherst home after a long illness. He was 63.

The Buffalo native was a graduate of Burgard Vocational High School and Southern California College in Costa Mesa, Calif., where he earned a bachelor's degree in math and history.

Mr. Knutsen taught in the Cheektowaga Central junior and senior high schools. After his retirement in 1994, he continued teaching math at Covenant Academy in the Town of Tonawanda.

He enjoyed canoeing, hiking and camping. He helped organize the ski club, wilderness experience and weight-lifting club at Cheektowaga Central. He also coached basketball, baseball and football.

Mr. Knutsen was a trustee at Evangel Assembly of God Church in Amherst.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, the former Ingrid Kamentz; two daughters, Kendra J. Shaver of North Tonawanda and Kristen A. Boardman of Ann Arbor, Mich.; a son, Kenneth Jr. of Colorado Springs, Colo.; four sisters, Sonya Martin of Gloucester, Va., Nancy Waltz of Hampton, Va., Elizabeth Nease of Eden and Alice Iverson of Hurricane, Utah; two brothers, James of Bethlehem, Pa., and Raymond of Buffalo; and a grandson.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Evangel Assembly of God, 1800 Maple Road, Amherst. Burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendleton.

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