Ronnie F. “Ron” Knott of New Braunfels, TX, beloved husband, father, grand-and great grandfather, brother and friend passed away in San Marcos, TX, on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at the age of 74, surrounded by family. He was born in Childress, TX on April 26, 1942, the son of Fordy and Mollie (Lee) Knott.
His parents and a sister, Wanda Elizabeth McBee preceded him in death.
He is survived by his devoted wife of almost 35 years, Joyce Ann “Jan” (Berry) Knott; sister, Florene Ritz (Jim) of Frisco, TX; two brothers, Leeroy Knott (Mary) of Naples, SC and Ernie Dwight Knott (Hazel) of Wagaman, LA; five daughters, Ronetta Sawatzki of Richland Hills, TX, Ruth Molina (George) of San Marcos, TX, Stacy Post (Darrell) of San Antonio, TX, Jana Tuerff (Brian) of Austin,, TX, and Derwalea King (Richard) of Cedar Creek, TX. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Ron graduated from Quannah High School and attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.
He actively served in both the local and district Lions Club. A 26 year member of the Local Lions Club, his involvement included his service to TLC Century Club, TLERC Knights of the Blind, Chairman of four local Lions committees, Historian, Lion Tamer, VP, Board Member and President of the San Marcos Lions Club. District involvement included serving as Chair and Co-chair of Region IV, Mid Winter Conference, District Convention, District Extension, MD2 Membership. Vice District Governor, Governor, State Governors Rep. to the Executive Board, Texas Lions Planned Giving and Endowment Committee, VP TLERC Board, Texas Lions Camp Long Range Planning Committee, and Presenter/Member Texas Lions Regional Leadership Institute.
Ron served as Director and President of the Board of the San Marcos Area Food Bank and volunteered his time to Meals-on-Wheels. He was a member of the Men’s Fellowship First Methodist Church, San Marcos Healthy Communities Committee, San Marcos Summer Fest Committee, Pecos Chamber of Commerce, where he won the award for Outstanding Director for Leadership and Community Service, and a two year member of the West of the Pecos Board of Directors. Other awards earned included Melvin Jones Fellow, District Governor, International President, Two Extension Awards for two clubs, Senior Grand Master Membership Key, Jack Weich Fellow and the Harry Reasonover Award.
He traveled on mission trips to deliver eyeglasses on behalf of the Lions Club, and received Lion of the Month five times during his career.
Ron will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.
A Celebration of Ron’s Life will be held at Pennington Funeral Home, 2:00 P.M., Saturday, February 25, 2017.
Memorial contributions may be made to Texas Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center Foundation, http://tlercmidlandtexas.org/
Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche, San Marcos, TX 78666, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com
Stan and Elisa GarrettFebruary 17th, 2017 on 6:58 pm
To Jan and all of Ron’s family we are saddened to hear of Ron’s passing. He was a wonderful man who was always willing to help anyone. One could never find a man who was so giving. We have missed him since moving from San Marcos to Lubbock. He was always there when I needed someone to talk to or help with anything. Our world has lost a wonderful man but we know he is with the Lord now and will continue to help in another way all who needs his assistance.
Patsy GreinerFebruary 18th, 2017 on 4:00 pm
Ron was a kind and gentle man. I enjoyed working with him at Hays County and on Emmaus projects. May God’s comfort give you peace.
Joshua Cartwright and FamilyFebruary 22nd, 2017 on 4:24 am
We are thinking of you Jan and wishing you moments of comfort and peace. The kids and me enjoyed meeting Ron at Santa’s Landing, and I pray you hold the memories near and dear during this time. God Bless.
Maggie YoungFebruary 24th, 2017 on 11:58 pm
Ron was a big guy with a big heart. We’re going to miss him. Our condolences go out to you Jan and the Girls.
Julie VeidtFebruary 25th, 2017 on 3:26 am
I have just learned of Ron’s passing! Jan, I am so sorry! I am so happy that he has found peace now and you need worry no more…he is with God. My heart is with you and I will continue prayers for you and your beautiful family! I certainly recall Ron’s years at CTMC and loved working with him, as I do indeed love and appreciate working with you!
Love and prayers to you!
James K. BakerFebruary 26th, 2017 on 1:23 pm
I am sorry for your loss, but as Christians we know that his death to us is but a sleeping and now he shall reap the rewards of life of humble sacrifice and service, following the example of our savior. He has run the good race, and the world is a better place because of him. Thank you, Ron!