Darrell Knabe

Darrell Albert Knabe, 62, of Bryan, stepped peacefully into heaven on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at home with his loving family. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, December 27, 2012 at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home. The Celebration of Life Service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, December 28 at the funeral home. Private interment will follow at Steep Hollow Cemetery.
Darrell was born in Hereford, TX to Adolph and Beatrice Knabe on June 22, 1950. At the age of 14, he left home to attend Maryknoll Junior Seminary, Chesterfield, Missouri to seek service for the Lord, graduating in 1968. Pursuing his love of education, he went on to earn a Bachelors of Science in Agriculture from West Texas State University, 1971. He continued his education obtaining the Masters of Science and Ph.D. in Animal Science from Texas A&M University. In 1976, the Bicentennial Year, he and Karen were married in Bryan, TX. He spent the next two years in Abilene, TX employed at ACCO Feeds as a swine nutritionist. In 1978, he returned to Texas A&M as an assistant professor of Animal Science, attaining full professor in 1991. Over a thirty-four year career, he contributed to the education of thousands of Aggies and the advancement of his field. He received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Association of Former Students and twice received the Outstanding Professor Award from Texas A&M University Collegiate Chapter of FFA.
He was a loving father, husband, and faithful Christian. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Karen, and his children and their spouses: Angie and William Fleming, Stephen and Kari, Kevin and Marvin, and Jeff and Julie, and grandchildren Jacob, Cadence & Trinity Fleming, Landon & Greyson Knabe, and Logan Fleming who is due February 14th; also, by his brothers and their families: Dwaine and Ellie, Weldon and Mary Kay, Adolph and Linda, and Raymond and Sherry.
Darrell spoke most clearly through his actions. His life was a testament to his love for his wife, family, hard work, and Christian values. He had a rich sense of humor and loved working with students, children, gardening and the outdoors. He enjoyed life and could play as hard as a child. He faithfully served at Steep Hollow and Hillcrest Baptist Churches.
Darrell is preceded in death by his father and mother, Adolph and Beatrice, of Hereford, TX.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Brazos Valley (special thanks to Sandra and Sam), Texas A&M University Animal Science Department or Hillcrest Baptist Church, Bryan, TX. Condolences may be left in Darrell’s online guestbook at www.CallawayJones.com.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to all the friends, family, co-workers, and former students who have helped throughout Dad’s illness.
Could there be a better day to wake up in Jesus’ arms than Christmas.


  1. Dr. Knabe was a wonderful person, a great colleague, and a dear friend. It had been a privilege for me to work with him on swine nutrition research at TAMU over the past 21 years. Our students and I, as well as our families, will greatly miss him. Let’s all take comfort that Dr. Knabe is now at eternal peace with God.

    Guoyao Wu

  2. My condolences to the Knabe Family. Dr. Knabe was a great professor and helped me out greatly when it came to understanding the material he taught. He had a great laugh and wonderful sense of humor. I have a lot of respect for him and he will be missed. I’m honored to have had him as my professor.


    James H. Barker ’08

  3. Karen and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May our Lord comfort you in the days to come. God Bless you all. Patsy and Gilbert

  4. We share in your sense of loss and at the same time have confidence that Darrel’s Faith has carried him home to a loving Savior. Cheryl was the technician in T.D. Tanksley’s lab when Darrel began his Master’s thesis and I had begun my own MS work about a year before his arrival. For a time we shared living quarters at the Swine Center while I was collected samples around the clock. Darrel continued the cannulation work that Tanksley had begun with my thesis and over time made extraordinary contributions to the field of amino acid nutrition. Our careers followed similar paths- mine at the University of Illinois and Darrel’s at TAMU. We often chatted at scientific meetings. The world is a better place because Darrell Knabe sojourned here…. his stay was just to short and we miss him.

    Bob and Cheryl Easter

  5. I was a student of Dr. Knabe’s at Texas A&M. I had him for livestock feeding and nutrition. Dr. Knabe was a wonderful man who could light up a room with his humor and rather unique laugh. I remember on nights before a big exam, he would stay with a few of us students on review night explaining concepts and feed formulations, even if it meant staying with us until 9:00 P.M. or later. I learned a lot from Dr. Knabe–not just in regard to animal science, but in regard to life in general. He was truly a man that served to remind everyone that a smile and a good attitude can brighten even the most difficult days. He will be truly missed!

    D. Murski ’12


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