In loving memory of

Gregg A Knotts
July 25, 1956 - April 20, 2022

Gregg Allen Knotts, 65 of Rochester died Wednesday evening at his home following a courageous 11-month battle with Acute Myelocytic Leukemia. Gregg was born July 25, 1956, in Austin, MN to Galen and Helen (Wallace) Knotts. He grew up in Austin, MN and graduated from Austin high school in 1974. Gregg then attended Bemidji State University where he received his Bachelor's Degree. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Peggy Ahlman on September 6, 1980, in Morristown, MN. After college, he began working at IBM for thirty-one years. Last summer Gregg retired from Mayo Clinic, where he had worked for the past ten years.

Gregg loved the outdoors, including hunting, fishing, and visiting the North Shore and the Bemidji area. He also enjoyed watching the Minnesota Twins, and Minnesota Vikings. Gregg was most happy while spending time with family and friends.

Gregg is survived by his wife Peggy, sons Ryan (Sarah) Knotts, Brandon (Kristin Schouweiler) Knotts, and Josh (Xavier Waters) Knotts, two grandchildren Maxwell, and Savannah. He is also survived by his siblings Sandra (Mike) Callahan of Commerce, MI, Galen (Linda) Knotts of Bemidji, MN, and Gary (Peggy) Knotts of Fargo, ND, and mother in-law Margaret Ahlman of Morristown, MN, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and father in-law Norman Ahlman, and one nephew, River Ahlman.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Abeykoon, Dr. Godby, and the wonderful hematology nurses and staff who helped care for him during his frequent visits.

Funeral service will be held on Monday April 25, 2022, at 11:00 A.M at Trinity Lutheran Church 222 6th Avenue SW, Rochester, MN. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Oakwood East Cemetery. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Knotts Family. To share a special memory or condolence, please visit


kyle wrote on Apr 25, 2022:

"My deepest condolences to the family. Greg was a coworker of mine for 5 years, I enjoyed our time together, he always had a smile and funny word to give. I'll miss him dearly. Kyle R. Hosek Central Processing teamate "

Richard Fetterly wrote on Apr 24, 2022:

"Our sincere condolences to all of Greg's family. We are sending our best wishes during this difficult time. How lucky I was to have grown up in a neighborhood with so many nice people and families like yours. When someone passes away, I always feel their spirit and values live on thru their family and friends. Sincerely, Richard and Pauline Fetterly "

David Braun wrote on Apr 23, 2022:

"I worked with Gregg for many years at IBM. It was a pleasure coming in every day to see him. Every day was full of a lot of laughs and good times. I also got to go turkey hunting with a Gregg a few times near Pine Island. He loved the out doors and had so many funny stories of all of his adventures. Gregg will be deeply missed. My prayers to all of Gregg's family at this very sad time."

Ariel González wrote on Apr 22, 2022:

"My Dear Friend Gregg , was an excellent human being , we were friends for many years , we worked , hunted and fish toghether , now I live in Colombia , but had the fortune to see him couple years ago , and talked to him couple of weeks ago .. was pretty hard to listen to him , sharing his thoughts and worrys? He loved Peggy and his kids to much , he felt sad , about leaving them soon , he knew the plane was about to leave ? wherever you are my Friend , I will Remember you forever ??"

Willard Olson and family wrote on Apr 22, 2022:

"It is with a heavy heart I write this for my friend Gregg. Greg and I met working at IBM and worked alot of overtime as I remember but working all those hours it was always easy with Gregg working with me. Great sense of humor and his love of hunting was what we had in common. We spent many days in treestands hunting deer and telling stories of what we had seen and what we shot and in my case what I missed. Though we changed jobs and our families grew we didn't see each other as much but we always called each other periodically to see how we each were doing. We never lost that and to that I say thank you my friend Gregg....from my family to the Knotts family Peggy and the boys he will be missed and a friend I won't forget. Condolences and take care."

Patty Neis wrote on Apr 22, 2022:

"I had the pleasure of working with Gregg at Mayo. He always had a story to tell about his travels to the North shore, bow hunting or fishing or how the Vikings played on Sunday. In the work area you was never safe from his quick wit and joking around. He was so proud of his boys I could tell by the way he talked about them. Go rest high on that mountain my friend. My sincere condolences Patty Neis"