Gary Wayne Klaus of Inez, formerly of Knippa, passed away peacefully at his residence surrounded by his family. He was born July 20, 1958, in Uvalde to Joyce Ann (Gohmert) and Erwin Klaus. Gary, a lifelong resident of Knippa, was baptized and confirmed in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
He graduated in 1976 from Knippa High School and played on the last 8-man football team in Knippa. He also played as an All Star in the last 8-man football game held in the state of Texas.
Gary was an avid hunter and fisherman, hunting in West Texas, New Mexico and Knippa with his many lifelong friends and lately, his grandchildren. He was patient in teaching others the art of cleaning game and never hesitated to take his grandchildren fishing when asked.
Gary also enjoyed supporting many 4-H and FFA exhibitors at the Uvalde Country Jr. Livestock Show after competing as an exhibitor himself in his youth. His dedication to the Livestock Show resulted in various Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion hogs showed by his children.
He is survived by his two children, daughter Kaeli Brown and husband, Rusty, of Inez; son, Kolby Klaus and wife, Marli, of San Antonio; and brother, Alan Klaus and wife, Nancy, of Knippa. The brightest lights of his life were his seven surviving grandchildren, Sutton Brown, Mason Brown, Whitton Brown and Annabeth Brown, all of Inez, and Lennon Klaus, Harrison Klaus and Eleanor Klaus, all of San Antonio. Gary’s greatest joy in life was being ‘Pedro’ to his grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00am Thursday July 21, 2022, at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Knippa. Visitation will precede the service in the church annex and interment will follow at the Knippa Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Kenneth Meyer, Carl Muecke, Jr., Victor John Neimeyer, Ted Sanderlin, Lee Schawe and Wayne Verstuyft. Honorary pallbearers are Bill Bishop, Scott Brauchle, George Driskill, Bobby Kramer and Billy Word. The family is thankful for the many years of friendship each provided to their father and brother.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the hospice of one’s choice, in honor of the care and compassion Gary received at the end of his life.