Carol Viola Petersen Knutsen Long


Carol Viola Petersen Knutsen Long, Ft. Worth, Texas (formally of Oregon) was promoted to glory on Nov. 28, 2020. She was born Nov. 29, 1929 in Kenosha, Wis., the second of three children of Roy L. and Irene (Boettcher) Petersen. She graduated valedictorian from Central High School in West Allis, Wis., at age 16 in 1946. She later attended St. Olaf College, Northern Illinois University and graduated Sill Scholar from Rockford College in 1968.

She worked at Metcalfe Hamilton Kansas City Bridge Company in Reykjavik, Iceland and at Allis Chalmers Manufacturing Company from 1950 to 1953.  She then worked for 38 years (1955-1993) at Wood Brothers Manufacturing Company (Woods Equipment Company) as Assistant to the President, Keith S. Wood, and then as Controller. In addition, she gave speeches for IBM and the American Production and Inventory Control Society. Carol embarked on a second career from 1994 to 2008 as facilitator for Elijah House Prayer Ministry and Counseling Schools. 

Carol married Arvid J. Knutsen in 1948 and lived in Norway and Iceland for two years before returning to the United States. He died in 1959. She then married Robert D. Long in 1961, and they were married 51 years until his death. 

She was a longtime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Oregon. She taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, and briefly served as choir director. Carol also served on the church council and was a member of Dorcas Circle and other prayer groups. She served on the staff of Freedom House Counseling Ministry, Berwyn, Ill. She also completed Theophostic Ministry basic training, certification from John G. Lake Divine Healing Institute, a health minister certificate from Hallelujah Acres, and attended Vision Life. She loved the Lord, her family, coworkers and friends with her whole heart.  he prayed with and for many.

She is survived by her children: Vicki Davis (Ft. Worth, Texas); Steve (Ann) Long (Morrison, Illinois); Jonette (Gary) Wood (Henderson, Nevada); Pamela (Kevin) Basham (Santa Clarita, California); and Andrew Long (Colorado Springs Colorado). She is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Christopher Janssen, Jim Davis, Holly Harvey, David Long, Peggy Tiedemann, Darik Knutsen, Jaryd Knutsen, Raedun de Alba, Caitlin Basham, Kieran Basham, and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Anita, brother Bruce, husband Robert, and her son, Arvid Knutsen, Jr.

No services will be held at this time due to Covid restrictions. A celebration of life will take place later. Internment at Riverview Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Samaritan’s Purse or a charity of your choice. Arrangements through Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home.