Robert Joseph Knapik, 89, of Marble Falls, formerly of Lott, died Dec. 7, 2013, at home. He was born near the Falls of the Brazos in Falls County, Texas, to John and Lillian Knapik on Aug. 7, 1924.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years (1942-46) during World War II, participating in the Pacific with the 22nd Marine Regiment and the Sixth Marine Division in landings in the Marshall Islands on Eniwetok, Parry and Engebi, and on Guam.
Knapik 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 at Schulenburg High School, 1951-1966, and Uvalde High School, 1966-1968. He did further study in botany at the University of Texas at Austin and Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Later, he was employed as a counselor and 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 in 1988 to Marble Falls, where they celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary Aug. 23, 2013. They frequently were honored with visits from their former students.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Knapik of Marble Falls; brothers, Frank Friudenberg of Marlin and Fred Friudenberg of Lake Jackson; sisters, Perna Reaves of Rosenberg, Mary Lee Dunson of Jacksonville and Wanda Martinez of Marble Falls; and nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is 11 a.m. Dec. 28 at the Baptist church in Lott, located on U.S. 77 about 26 miles southeast of Waco.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Friends of the Marble Falls Library, 101 Main St., Marble Falls, TX 78654.
Arrangements by Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home, 1805 U.S. 281 North in Marble Falls, (830) 693-4373. Condolences may be made to www.clementswilcoxfuneralhome.com.