Obituary of Richard C. Knudsen
Johnstown – Richard C. Knudsen, 74, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at home with his loving wife at his side.
Born in Rome, New York, on March 23, 1949, the son of the late Richard and Betty Jo Knudsen. A lifelong resident of the area, Richard graduated from Fonda Fultonville Central School, Class of 1970.
Richard retired after 42 years from CSX, after what was supposed to be a summer job that turned into a lifetime career. Throughout his whole life Richard loved to keep busy, work outside, do landscaping at home, his local church, anywhere he could, which in turn, Richard went on to work for Green Thumb Lawn Care after his retirement so he could continue to do what he loved. Periodically throughout Richard’s life, many would see him driving the school bus for Fonda Fultonville. Richard loved to bowl and play golf. Most of all, Richard was a loving husband, father, grandfather, who would never miss a game and friend who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
On October 2, 1986, Richard married his loving wife, Betty (Thomas) Knudsen. Both Richard and Betty were members of the First Baptist Church, Johnstown.
Survivors include his loving wife, Betty; children, Richard H. Knudsen, Richard Spicci, Sr. (Helen); Rayann Uebrick (Rob), J.R. Spicci (Keely Christensen), Tonya Spicci (Sean) and Crystal Oathout (Wayne); grandchildren, Brent, Daulton, Ashton, Richie Jr., Andy, Peyton, Jeremy, Abby, Lyndsay, Bradley, Avery, Blake, Blair, Allison, Mya and Layna; brother, Joe Knudsen; fur children, Molly, Alice, Paula and Digger.
A funeral service for Richard will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2023, at 12noon at the First Baptist Church, 325 S. Comrie Ave, Johnstown, 12095. Calling hours will be held prior at the church starting at 10am. Richard’s favorite color was blue; the family is asking to please wear your favorite blue to honor Richard.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.
Richard’s care has been entrusted to Betz, Rossi, Bellinger & Stewart Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave, Amsterdam.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Richard Knudsen, please visit Tribute Store