June 19, 2024

Helen McKnight


Helen McKnight was born on 12-7-1928 and passed away on 4-12-2023.

Helen was the daughter of Chris N. Christensen and Wanita Doris “Ridout” Christensen. Helen was born at home in Madison County. She attended grade school in Madison County, started High School in Dexter Iowa and finished in Truro.

She married Dale Clifford on March 8, 1947, in Leon and the couple became the parents of five children.

Helen was a housewife, owner, and manager of the Chestnut Cafe in New Virginia. She was a wonderful grandma, great grandma, and great great grandma.

She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers Chris Jr., Carroll, Wilbur, Clair, and Ivan. Twin Daughters Karen Kae and Sharon Rae.

Helen is survived by two daughters, Carolyn McCain, (John McCain deceased), of Arizona and Linda Rasmussen (Jerry Rasmussen deceased) of Arizona. A son, Gene McKnight and his wife, Kathy McKnight, of Osceola; four grandchildren, Michelle Gillaspy, Ryan McKnight, Tanya Turner and Dale Rasmussen; Four great-grandchildren, Steven Gillaspy, Samantha Gillaspy, Austin Turner and Lexi Dodd, Five great-great grandchildren. Sister-in laws Beth Christensen, Alice Christensen, Betty Downard and Numerous nieces and nephews.

Family will greet friends from 1:00 until 1:30 on Saturday, May 6, 2023 prior to memorial services at 1:30 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola. Interment of her cremains will be in the Liberty Cemetery in Liberty, Iowa.

A live stream of the service will be available at www.kalefuneralhome.com on Helen’s tribute wall beginning at 1:30 pm, Saturday.

Memorials may be directed to her family for a fitting tribute to be decided later.

Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.kalefuneralhome.com