Dr. John Knott, 71, of Ely, dies

Dr. John William Knott, 71 of Ely, MN passed away peacefully on Monday November 30, 2015 at the Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital surrounded by his loving wife Betty and daughter Holly. John leaves an irreplaceable void in the lives of his family as well as the surrounding community.
John grew up in Glencoe, MN where he graduated from high school. John attended the University of Minnesota, Medical School,and completed his internship at St. Mary’s in Duluth MN. He began his career as a family physician at The Forest Lake Doctors Clinic. In 1993, John’s dream of living “Up-North” became a reality where he was able to practice medicine for 23 years. One of his many accomplishments during his career was delivering over 1,000 babies. His wisdom and knowledge was an asset to the Ely Medical Community.
John was a humble man with much to be proud of. He always believed that actions spoke louder than words which was a motto he lived by. John had a passion for life, he was an adventurous traveler with his family. He enjoyed books, bicycling, canoeing, fishing, cross country/down hill skiing, cooking and was famous for his grilled ribs.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Esther and William Knott.
Survivors include his loving wife Betty Jean, 6 children and their spouses: Michael-Anthony Knott of San Diego, CA; Joshua (Tammy) Knott of Massachusetts; Sarah Knott of Minneapolis, MN; Kristopher (Rose) Esteb of Woodbury, MN; Eric (Jenny) Knott of Andover, MN; Holly (Eric) Sherman of Ely, MN. 12 grandkids: Brittany, Samantha, Zach, Zannah, Emma, Chandler, Mario, Allie, Marisa, Cody, Briana and Brooklyn (Miss B!) his sister Joanie Gudmunson (Jim) of Ham Lake, Mn his mother in law and father in law Darrel (Beverly) Matz of Wadena, MN, three sister in laws and brother in laws: Renee (Merv) Kelley of Fargo, ND; Lynette (Ken) Dittberner of Hinckley, MN; Nancy (Steve) Kimber of Wadena, MN, several nieces and nephews and his first cousin Mary Ann Bauman of Winsted, MN.
A gathering of family and friends was held on Friday, December 4, 2015 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Kerntz Funeral Home with funeral services being held on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Ely. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.