William Kenneth “Bill” Knudson

October 14, 1955 - May 5, 2023

10/14/1955 - 05/05/2023

William Kenneth “Bill” Knudson, born on October 14, 1955, bid farewell to this world on May 5, 2023, at the age of 67. A son of the late Kenneth Ned and Lois Virginia Knudson, he was a Norfolk, VA native, both in birth and in death.

Bill, as he was known to his friends and loved ones, was a man of many talents. With a knack for carpentry, siding, caulking, and all things handyman-related, he could fix just about anything that came his way. His skilled craftsmanship was admired by all who witnessed it. If there was a problem, Bill would find a solution – and he would do it with style.

But Bill’s talents didn’t stop at the end of a hammer. In his younger years, he followed in his father’s footsteps and became a drummer. From playing with Blind Tuna to jamming with various local bands, Bill knew how to keep the rhythm alive. And as time went on, he discovered a newfound passion for golf. The greens became his sanctuary, and he found solace in the swing of the club.

Tragically, on the fateful afternoon of Saturday, April 16, 2023, as Bill neared the end of his round on the 18th hole of Ocean View Golf Course, fate dealt a cruel blow. Suffering a heart attack, he was swiftly taken to Sentara Heart Hospital, but alas, it was a battle he could not win. Bill’s spirit departed from this world on May 5, 2023, leaving behind memories of his infectious laughter and unwavering determination.  Before this medical event, Bill shot a 76 and had three birdies.  One his best days/score playing golf for him, became one of the worst days for us, his friends.

To honor and celebrate the life of our dear friend, a gathering will be held at 10am, Saturday, October 21, 2023 in the restaurant of Ocean View Golf Course, 9610 Norfolk Avenue, Norfolk, VA. We will reminisce about the good times shared, the laughs had, and the lessons learned from Bill’s larger-than-life personality. He will forever remain in our hearts as someone who embraced life with open arms and a jubilant spirit.

Bill had once remarked that he wanted to play golf for the rest of his life. And although his time on the course was cut short, there is no doubt that he gave it his all until the very end. As we say our goodbyes to this remarkable man, let us remember his zest for life and his unwavering dedication to the things he loved. Farewell, Bill, and may your final rounds be played on the golden fairways of eternity.

Please visit Altmeyerfh.com and select his obituary to share memories and offer condolences.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Altmeyer Funeral Home, Southside Chapel, 5033 Rouse Drive, Virginia Beach, VA.

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Robin Landry
27 days ago

Billy was my classmate and friend throughout grammar school at Larrymore Elementary through junior high school at what was then called Azalea Gardens Junior HS on Azalea Gardens Road. He and I lived in my childhood neighborhood, Saratoga, and we saw each other almost every single day. He was one of the smartest and wittiest people I ever knew. I never forgot him as a result. I am sorry to see that he has left us but am pleased to know that he left doing what he loved and lived the same way. Until we meet again, Billy, Godspeed to your next green.

STEPHANIE M. JACKSON
4 months ago

TO A GREAT GUY. YOU ARE MISSED AS I RODE AROUND THE GOLF COURSE WITH YOUR PLAYING BUDDIES. NEVER FORGET THE GREAT TIMES WE HAD AT OCEAN VIEW. UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN REMEMBER I LOVE YOU AND YOU ARE MISSED GREATLY. PLAY GOLF UP IN HEAVEN AS YOU FLY AROUND WATCHING OVER US. LOVE AND HUGS. YOUR FRIEND FOREVER. STEPHANIE M. JACKSON. TOAST TO YOU BILL WITH A BLOODY MARY AT OCEAN VIEW. FLY HIGH YOU ARE NOW A BEAUTIFUL ANGEL.

Ted Drake
4 months ago

Bill..BK..carpenter..drummer. Man of many talents. Glad I got to know you. You left behind beautiful works of things that you built. Happy trails.

Richard Morris
4 months ago

Bill was a special person. He was very creative in his wood working. Yes he could figure out how to make or repair anything. May he rest in piece. He surely will be missed by many.