Carl Christian Knudsen Jr.
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Carl Christian Knudsen Jr. "Sonny", born September 5, 1924 in Westmoreland, NY, went to his eternal home with Jesus on February 11, 2020 at the age of 95.
Carl was a World War II veteran serving his country in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1947.
In 1956 he married Helena Mastracco and they raised their family in Rome, New York.
He was passionate about his 31 years as a Fire Fighter with the Griffiss Air Force Base Fire Department in Rome. Carl received the Air Force Civilian Award for Valor Medal (AFCAVM) and received numerous other commendations during his career. Carl rose to the rank of Captain and was President of the local F-111 International Association of Fire Fighters.
He enjoyed playing baseball, fast-pitch softball, volleyball, his bowling league and golfing.
He is survived by his daughter-in-law Kim Knudsen; daughters, Candace Kramer, Brandi (Pat) DiNardo, and Deborah (Stephen) Zollos; brother Claude (Sally) Knudsen; sister Eileen Dorsino; grandchildren Kevin Knudsen, Crystal Knudsen, Todd DeMartine, April (Jason) Mount, Britany (Dustin) Hindmarch, Shanlyn (Justin) Price, Stepheno Zollos, Phillip Zollos, Emerson Zollos, Sophia (Caleb) Mattingly, and Andreas Zollos; great-grandchildren Emily and Wade Mount, and Antoinette and Addison Price.
He was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Ida Mae Knudsen; his wife of 47 years Helena Knudsen; his son Carl C. Knudsen III; his sister Edith (Harold) Cook; and his brother-in-law Richard Dorsino.
Carl will be greatly missed and he will live on in all of our hearts and memories.