Knut Arne Raade was born in Oslo, Norway on March 7, 1942 to Arne and Ingrid Raade. He died at age 69 at his home in Bozeman on July 28, 2011 of cancer.
In Norway, he studied math and science and came to Montana State in 1962 to complete his mechanical engineering degree. He graduated in 1966.
He met Kay Kempton of Billings at MSU and they were married at Peace Lutheran Church in Billings on June, 1964. They have two sons, Kristian Arne, born in Bozeman and Karl Erik, born in Portland, OR.
Knut was employed by Hyster Lift Trucks as a design engineer in Portland, Oregon in 1966. He and his family moved with Hyster from Portland to Crawfordsville, IN, to Brunswick, GA, and finally to Greenville, NC. He was with the company for 43 years. During that time, the company changed its name to NACCO Materials Handling Group, building both Hyster and Yale lift trucks.
He and Kay always dreamed of retiring in Bozeman and spent many vacations in Montana. They built a house on the foothills of the Bridgers and moved in 2009. Knut enjoyed cross-country skiing and hiking the trails of the Bridger Mountains. He especially liked to spend time at the Kartevold Ranch near Glendive with Uncle Obert. He flew from NC to MT to attend branding. Knut was happiest spending time with his grandchildren. He was a member of Museum of the Rockies, Sons of Norway and AOPA.
Knut is survived by his wife, Kay of Bozeman; two sons, Kris(Sharon) of Kings Bay, GA and Karl (Lisa) of San Rafael, CA; five granddaughters; a sister, Marit Olsen of Sweden; and father-in-law, Ed Kempton of Glendive. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ola and Erik of Norway; and mother-in-law, Kora Kempton.
Graveside Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, August 5 at the Terry Cemetery in Terry, Montana.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Montana State University School of Engineering for student scholarships, c/o MSU Foundation, P.O. Box 172750, Bozeman, MT 59717-2750.