Joseph Knupple Jr.
Joseph Bryant Knupple Jr., 90, of Abilene, originally from Lumberton and Silsbee, gained his wings on July 8, 2019 and entered into the arms of Jesus after a long, well-lived life. We rejoice knowing he is finally rejoined with his sweetheart of 50 years, Mary Kathleen.
Born on July 18, 1928 in Beaumont, Texas to Joseph Bryant Knupple Sr. In 1947, he enlisted in the Air Force, and retired 20 years later as a Master Sargent. He was extremely proud and honored to earn his Lone Star Farmer Award from the Silsbee High School FFA, where he served as President his Senior Year. To our knowledge, Joe is the last member of the Silsbee (TX) High School Class of 1947. While in school, he was active in band, football and track where he loved to run. But his favorite subject was FFA which he took much pride in, often sharing stories with his family.
In addition to his wife and parents, Joe was predeceased by his great-granddaughter Elizabeth Paige Long, his brothers David and Robert Knupple, his sister-in-law’s Linda Knupple and Jill Newstead, his brother-in-law’s Charles Waddell and Stan Todd.
During the Korean War, he was assigned a post in England where he met and married Mary (Newstead). They moved to multiple areas of the world during their 50 years of marriage, settling in Abilene in 1967. Being of charitable heart, Joe found much pleasure in volunteering, giving of his time to Boy Scouts, the Lions Club, his church, and the local hospital where he volunteered for 15 years.
Joe loved God, singing when he was younger, animals, children, baseball- for years the Atlanta Braves but switched to the Texas Rangers, gardening, John Phillip Sousa music and the third verse of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. He was very proud of his Knupple heritage and the family cemetery where many in his family now rest.
Joe is survived by a devoted family who are grateful for the wisdom, experience, humor and strong values he modeled as leader and father. Survivors include his daughters and their husbands, Janey (Steve) Marcee of Center Point, Texas, Suzie (Clark) Urban of Ft Worth, Texas and Cathy (Dave) Karabag of Orlando, Florida. He also leaves to cherish his memory his grandchildren, Christy Long, Brandy (Tim) Ollhoff, Alex Urban, Lisa (Gus) Sanchez, and Shane Mills, six great grandchildren Marcus, Cheyenne, Aaron, Michelle, Brandon, Caitlin, and Breanna; Great-great grandchildren Rylie, Parker and Anthony. He will also be fondly remembered by his brother Bill Knupple, sisterin-law’s Kay (Dominic) Procopio, Elisabeth (David) Wright, Jennifer Waddell, Anne Todd, Bertha Gallagher and Margaret Knupple, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family will welcome friends at his visitation in North’s Memorial Chapel. 242 Orange St. on Thursday evening, July 11, 2019 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 9:00 A.M. in Grace Lutheran Church, 1202 S. Pioneer, Abilene with a full military honors burial to follow at Elmwood Memorial Park, under the direction of North’s Funeral Home, 242 Orange St.
In lieu of flowers, Joe requested memorials to be made to Grace Lutheran Church, American Cancer Society, or in his name, please adopt and give a dog a new home.