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Bruce Allen Knowles, 61, of Park Rapids and Minneapolis passed away unexpectedly Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Bruce was born Nov. 26, 1952 in Minneapolis to James and Patricia Knowles. He graduated from Edina High School. He then attended and graduated from Suburban Hennepin County Area College on Nov. 30, 1976 and Riverland Community College Dec. 27, 2002. He also attended St. Cloud State University.

He restored classic cars and was a machinist.

He was forever on a quest for knowledge. Whatever his interests, he would learn to the fullest. An avid explorer of nature, he enjoyed mountain climbing, hiking, camping, backpacking, picking wild berries, photography, playing guitar and writing music.

Bruce loved spending time with family and friends. He is forever in our memory.

He is survived by his father, James "Jim" Knowles of Minneapolis; brothers, Brad and Scott (Betty) Knowles of Minneapolis; sister, Sandy Knowles; daughters, Kristin Knowles of Nevis, Kara Knowles of Park Rapids; son, Brian Knowles of Park Rapids; stepsons, Rodney Boos of Park Rapids and Thomas Boos of Duluth; mother of the children, Rene Boos of Park Rapids; many grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Knowles.

Memorial service: 1 p.m., Friday, Aug. 22 at Cease Funeral Home in Park Rapids.

Visitation: one hour prior to the service.