Rudolph John Knocke (R.J.) was born March 23, 1926 in Hermleigh, Texas to Erna and Rudolph Knocke.
He lived his childhood in Colorado City until 17 years of age. He was active in all sports and was very popular among all of his peers. When he was 17, he moved with his family to Beeville, Texas.
In 1944, he enlisted in the Navy and served during World War II in Germany and England. He later served in the Marines Reserve.
He married Doris Hunter in October 1946 in Colorado City, Texas. She preceded him in death Dec. 18, 1999.
R.J. went to work for Shell Pipeline in 1950 in Forsan. He later moved to Big Spring and worked in Kermit, Cortez, Colo. and on offshore drilling rigs making inspections.
He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church for many years and later worshiped at Alive In Christ Lutheran Church. He spent his last years at Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home. He loved everyone and especially the gospel music concerts.
R.J. loved the Lord and his family, especially his grandsons, better known as "Konkey" to them. He was blessed with two great-grandsons, Davis and Connor, during his last years.
He is survived by one son, Richard and wife Jeanie of Big Spring; grandson, Craig and wife Sunny and their children Davis and Conner Knocke, all of Dallas; and one brother, Larry and wife Billye of Coppell, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one son, Barry; and one sister.
Memorials may be sent to Alive In Christ Lutheran Church at 2805 Lynn Street, Big Spring, TX 79720 or Home Hospice, 111 E. 7th Street, Big Spring, Texas 79720.
The family wants to thank Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home and employees and Home Hospice, who gave their Dad such wonderful care, love and compassion in his last days.
Private family services will be held at a later date in Mitchell County. Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Pay your respects online at www.myersandsmith.com