Delores J. “Dodie” Knutzen, age 79 of Cridersville and formerly of Dayton, Ohio, died at 7:40 p.m., Wednesday, December 23, 2009 in Wapakoneta Manor Nursing Home. She was born October 12, 1930 in Dayton, Ohio. She is the daughter of Elwood and Thelma Grice Smith. Both parents are deceased. On December 25, 1954 she married Earl L. Knutzen, Sr., who died December 1, 2004.
Survivors include 2 sons – Earl L. (Becky) Knutzen, Jr. of St. Mary’s; Kelly (Colette) Knutzen of Wapakoneta; 5 grandchildren; 3 brothers – Elwood Smith, Jr. of Dayton; Bill Smith of Greenville, Oh; Jerry Smith of Dayton; 3 sisters – Tony (Mike) Hall of Dayton; Freda “Pete” (Gene) Flory of Dayton; Pat (Paul) Hasenauer, Jr. of Dallas, Texas.
Mrs. Knutzen was a homemaker.
Graveside services will begin at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 29, 2009 in Fairmount Cemetery, near Uniopolis, for Mr. & Mrs. Knutzen. The Rev. Mark Vernik will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Uniopolis Fire Department.