Skip Knudsen died Nov. 25, 2020, in Seattle after a brief battle with COVID-19.

Skip was born in Seattle Feb. 27, 1947, and grew up in Kodiak, Alaska. In 1964, his family moved to Bainbridge Island, Washington, where he completed high school.

After attending Olympic College in Bremerton, Skip entered the U.S. Navy, volunteered for submarine service and served two years of active duty aboard the USS Tang.

In 1973, Skip joined the U.S. Air Force and served as a loadmaster with the 97th Airlift Squadron. He found pride in a service that took him all over the world and to two theaters of war.After 28 years and 7700 hours of flying, he retired in 2002 with a rank MSgt.

In retirement, Skip was very active in various volunteer programs with his church, the Westgate Chapel in Lynnwood, Washington. He also worked with Habitat for Humanity International and agricultural programs in Uganda.

A remarkable part of Skip's character was the vigor of his correspondence with the many friends from all chapters of his life. In so doing, he touched and influenced the lives of many people.

Kodiak was the place Skip loved most. The island and its people were the center of his world. He returned often to visit friends, fish and feel the bliss of belonging.

Skip Knudsen is survived by a sister JoAnn Hower, brother-in-law Charles Hower, and a wide extended family of nieces and nephews and cousins.

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