Calvin O. Knauth of Eureka went to be with his Lord and Savior Wednesday, June 14, 2017. He was born Oct. 6, 1930, in Jarrell.
During his life he lived in Jarrell, Florence, San Marcos, Dripping Springs and Eureka. His last 38 years were spent in Eureka.
Calvin graduated high school from Florence ISD in 1947 and then served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant in the Korean War. He returned to attend Navarro Junior College in Corsicana in 1954, where he played baseball and met the love of his life, Patricia Ann Formby. Calvin and Patty were married on Aug. 26, 1955 at First Baptist Church, Corsicana by Dr. William Shamburger and they moved to San Marcos to continue their education.
Calvin holds Bachelor's of Science and Master of Arts degrees from Southwest Texas State University as well as his administrator's certificate from The University of Texas in Austin. As an educator, he taught school in Kyle and Buda for two years, and then served as Hayes County Assistant School Superintendent for four years. He served as superintendent of schools for Dripping Springs ISD for 16 years. Calvin ended his career in education by teaching his final six years at Kerens ISD. He retired in 1986.
In 1979, Calvin and Patty left Dripping Springs and started cattle ranching in Eureka. Calvin was later joined in the cattle business and formed K & K Cattle Company with Kurt and Michelle Knauth. The joy of his life was having his children build homes on the ranch and raise his three grandchildren so near him.
Calvin served as a deacon in First Baptist Church, San Marcos; First Baptist Church, Dripping Springs and First Baptist Church, Corsicana. He was a faithful, dedicated servant of God and of his family. Calvin was a lifetime member of the Texas State Teachers Association, and he served as president of the Hays County Teachers Association. He was a member of Navarro County Retired Teachers Association.
Calvin was known to have a great sense of humor and he had a love of wildlife and the outdoors. He was an avid sportsman and fisherman, and he enjoyed bird-watching, barbecuing, reading, and listening to gospel and classical music. He enjoyed playing both "42" and dominos.
Calvin was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar Fritz and Nora Mae (Glass) Knauth; grandchild Colton Lee Knauth, sister Ruth Montgomery; and brothers Winifred "Wimpy" Knauth, Edmund Knauth and Frederick "Fred" Knauth.
Calvin is survived by his wife of 61 years, Patty Formby Knauth of Eureka; daughter Amy Knauth Cook and husband Michael Cook of Eureka; son, Kurt Knauth, and wife Michelle Knauth of Eureka; granddaughter Callie Cook; grandsons Cooper Cook and Connor Knauth; sisters Hazel Brooking and Ida Merideth; brothers Lee Roy Knauth (Marie), Robert Knauth (Gwin), Kenneth Knauth (Deanie) and numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Pallbearers will be Cooper Cook, Connor Knauth, Chuck Burns, Lance Cook, Truett Lewis and Bill Roberts.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Ashcraft, Don Tekell, Monte Trimble, Oak Cove Domino Group and the "42" Supper Club
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 16, 2017 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 17, 2017 in First Baptist Church in Corsicana followed by the burial at Eureka Cemetery. Officiating will be Dr. Danny Reeves, Rev. B.F. Risinger and Rev. Don Duvall.
Memorials can be made to Special Ministries at First Baptist Church, 510 W. Collin, Corsicana, TX 75110 or to Eureka, Mildred, Navarro and Richland Chambers Crime Watch, 8405 S. Hwy. 287, Corsicana, TX 75109.
An online guest book is available at www.griffin-Roughton.com
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
Published on June 15, 2017