Jick Knuttila, 71, of Park Rapids died Dec. 26, 2022 surrounded by his children and siblings.

Jick was born on March 7, 1951 to Marvin and Mary (Hocke) Knuttila in Park Rapids, MN. He was welcomed home by siblings Jed and Shari (Strane) Knuttila. The family eventually settled in Perham where Jick attended high school and was an avid athlete. He attended Hamline University, then returned to Park Rapids where he met Elizabeth (Beth) Baker.

Jick and Beth married in 1978 and had 3 children, Brian, Aaron and Lauren. Jick was extremely proud of his children and could always be found on the sidelines, in the stands or on the pitch cheering them on. He also shared his love of the outdoors with them through numerous camping and fishing trips, hikes and nature photography. During those early years, Jick owned the Knuttila photography studio where he took family, wedding, and graduation photos.

Few people can talk about Jick without mentioning his joy of riding a bike. When the Heartland Trail was free of snow, it was safe to ride, totaling 1,000 miles or more a year.

Jick is survived by his 3 children, Brian (Ann), Aaron (Megan) and Lauren (Kenyon Tsao), six grandchildren; Ethan, Declan, Soren, Ingrid, Quinten & Camdyn. Before him in death were his parents, uncles Roland and Jerome Knuttila, Tom Hocke and aunt Janet Schroeder. And, of course, her dogs, Tanya, Tiffany, Katie and Hobbes.

A celebration of life was held on January 1 in the subway.

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