William “Bill” Elliot Knebusch

William "Bill" Elliot Knebusch
William “Bill” Elliot Knebusch

William Elliot Knebusch of Amarillo, Texas, passed away on January 11, 2024. William (Bill) was born to Donald and Jean Knebusch at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Born into a military family, Bill lived in many different places, traveled the world, and for a time resided in Ankara, Turkey. At the age of nineteen, Bill enlisted in the United States Army and became a Chief Warrant Officer, serving as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. When Bill’s tour in Vietnam ended, he then served in the South Carolina National Guard and attended the College of Charleston. He transferred from Charleston to Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Geology. Bill trained further in his field through graduate work at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Bill’s career in the oil and gas industry spanned over forty years, and included both domestic and international locations. After retirement, Bill became a dedicated member of The Volley for Veterans Honor Guard, until his health did not permit him to continue.

Bill was a faithful man, who loved the Lord, his family, church, and country. His strength, courage, and bravery were apparent to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed. Bill is survived by his loving wife, Jan, of almost fifty years, as well as his children: Misty (King) Hodson, Levi (Shannon) Knebusch, and Leila (Greg) Farber; thirteen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Two of the grandchildren, Madison Knebusch and Titan Farber, preceded him in death.

A memorial will be held at Westview Christian Church in Amarillo on January 26, 2024, at 2:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Coffee Memorial Blood Center.


19 Replies to “William “Bill” Elliot Knebusch”

  1. Eloy & Irma Heras Volley members
    What a great guy . Spent time driving out of town to do vet funerals, so we got to know Bill, he was so humble kind, and considerate. We talked about science and his life. We will never forget him. See you later Bill. Eloy A, Heras CPO USN (ret)

  2. May you rest in peace Bill. In those 46 years plus that I have known you, my favorite times are those we spent in the Big Bend Region as geology students. We hacked at rocks and argued over the origin of many of them. Later on we had time as geologist with Diamond Shamrock. Bill, that was quite a ride. My respects and prayers also go to Jan, Misty, Levi, Leila and the rest of Bill’s family.

  3. Condolences to the family of Bill!! He was a wonderful man of God. We enjoyed our conversations with him at Church. To Jan his wife we love and care about you!! Prayers from r comfort and Peace.

    1. We are so sorry for the loss of Bill. He was a great friend and dedicated Volley. We have wonderful memories of the times we spent with him.
      I wish we could be there for the family on Friday but we are in California. Our love and prayers to Jan and the rest of his family.

      1. When I joined the Volleys for Veterans Honor Guard I remember Bill taking me a d helped me become a volley for veterans honor guard. I was truly blessed to have got to know him and I enjoyed talking to him. Bill Knebush rest easy sir we will continue to stand guard/watch. You will never be forgotten. Sgt Norman US Army ( retired & wife Patty Cordova and the Cordova family.

  4. We are so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was such a kind & caring person who will certainly be missed.

  5. We are so sad to hear of precious Bill’s passing!! Please know we will be praying for Jan, Levi, Misty and Leila in the coming days and weeks.

  6. God speed you in your journey, Bill. You brightened the lives of all who came in contact with you. Sending my prayers to all of your family and friends.

  7. I worked with Bill at Diamond Shamrock. He was always a gentleman. He was so good with computer and loved working for Diamond Shamrock. He will be missed.

  8. I’m so sorry to leard of the passing of Mr. Knebusch. Please know you are in the thoughts and prayers of Janelle and I.

  9. I have such great memories of Bill! He took me under his wing as I was finishing my Geology degree. Helped me with maps and well logs, just everything, I learned so much from him. Prayers for peace and healing to his family.

  10. Bill was a good friend to Jim O’Connell. They spend a lot of time together talking about geology and other things. Jim said Bill was a very patriotic and nice person. He said he also was a very computer savvy person. He will be missed.

    1. I worked with Bill at Diamond Shamrock. He was a gentleman. He was always helping people especially the computer. Bill will be missed.

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