Robert Joseph Knapik
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Submitted by Edgar on December 15, 2013 - 12:25am
Robert Joseph Knapik, 89, of Marble Falls, formerly of Lott, died on Dec. 7, 2013, at his residence. He was born on Aug. 7, 1924, near the Falls of the Brazos in Falls County to Lillian Knapik and John Knapik. Knapik served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years during World War II, 1942-1946, participating in the Pacific with the 22nd Marine Regiment and the Sixth Marine Division in landings in the Marshall Islands, Eniwetok, Parry, Engebi, and on Guam. He was a graduate of Lott High School and held bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Southwest Texas State Teachers College in San Marcos. He taught science in Schulenburg High School, 1951-1966, and in Uvalde High School, 1966-1968. He did further study in botany at the University of Texas in Austin and at Texas Tech in Lubbock. Later he was employed as a counselor and as an administrator in the Uvalde school district until his retirement in 1989. He met Jane Alexander in San Marcos, and they married in Uvalde in 1952. After living in Uvalde for 32 years, they moved to Marble Falls in 1998, where they celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on Aug. 23, 2013. They frequently were honored with visits from their former students. He is survived by his wife, resident of Marble Falls; two brothers, Frank Friudenberg of Marlin and Fred Friudenberg of Lake Jackson; three sisters, Perna Reaves of Rosenberg, Mary Lee Dunson of Jacksonville and Wanda Martinez of Marble Falls; and nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Baptist church in Lott, located on U.S. Highway 77, 26 miles southeast of Waco. Donations can be made to El Progreso Memorial Library Archives, 301 Main Street, Uvalde, Texas 78801. CLEMENTS-WILCOX FUNERAL HOME OF MARBLE FALLS
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