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Laurence "Larry" Emil Knuutila

July 9, 1939 — June 17, 2020

Larry Knuutila
1939 -2020

Laurence "Larry" Emil Knuutila, 80, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at Belair Health Care, Gastonia. He was born in Ithaca, New York on July 9, 1939 and was the son of the late Emil Henry and Vivian Vergason Knuutila. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Knuutila.

Larry was a member of Cramerton Free Will Baptist Church, was a Past Master of the Carolina Masonic Lodge # 681, Slaterville Springs, New York. He was an avid golfer, former member of Catatonk Golf Club, Candor, New York and enjoyed bowling and hunting.

Larry is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joyce Rathbun Knuutila; two sons, CW4 James Laurence Knuutila and wife Pamela of Gastonia, Steven Dean Knuutila and wife Elizabeth of Ithaca, New York; one sister, Carol Ciaschi of Ithaca, New York; two brothers, Harold Knuutila and wife Judy of Groton, New York, David Knuutila of Lockport, New York; four grandchildren, Alissa Davis (Craig), Kayla Knuutila, Samatha Knuutila and 2LT Timothy Knuutila;
one great grandchild, Carter Wilcox.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., Tuesday, June 23rd at Withers & Whisenant Funeral Home with a Celebration of Life Service to follow at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Josh Baer officiating.

Burial will be at a later date in Maple Grove Cemetery, Candor, New York.

Online condolences may be made at:;

Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Road, Gastonia, NC (704) 864-5144 is serving the Knuutila family.
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