Memorial services will be held at Pearson Auditorium at the New Mexico Military Institute at 3:00 PM Thursday, September 26, for Lt. Gen. R. T. Knowles ret who passed away on September 18, 2013. Dr. Douglas Mills of the First United Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will follow at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. A viewing will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, September 25, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel, 900 South Main Street, Roswell, New Mexico.
Dick Knowles was born in 1916 in Chicago, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Kay Knowles. He is survived by his daughters, Diane Buchwald, Katherine Buck, Rebecca Crosby and her sweetheart, Gregg Brown, his son, Richard J. Knowles and his wife, Sandra Clinton, and his stepsons, Stanley Warfield Crosby III and Steven Wood Chaney and his wife Laurie. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Dick left the University of Illinois to join the army in 1942. His military career spanned more than three decades. He retired in 1974 as a Lieutenant General, having served in three wars.
After his retirement, Dick moved to Roswell, New Mexico, opened an antique store, and ultimately served for 16 years as State Representative for District 57.
Dicks life spanned nearly a century of remarkable experiences, ranging from remembering the first time he saw an automobile, seeing Frank Capones funeral parade in Chicago in 1924, training as a young officer candidate in the ROTC on horses, captaining the fencing team for the University of Illinois that contended for a national championship, and witnessing an atomic bomb test in Nevada. He went to silent movies for a nickel and had an email account. He was known for his open mind, quick wit, and outgoing personality.
While his military and civilian accomplishments are too numerous to mention in detail, he was
awarded the Silver Star for Valor during the Korean Conflict and Congressional Medal of Honor Society Distinguished Citizen Award in 1994. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to The NMMI Foundation, Inc., 101 W. College Blvd., Roswell, NM 88201.
I was assigned to I Corps ROKUS Group serving as The General Staff Technician CWO for LTG Glenn D. Walker and subsequently for LTG Richard T. Knowles. He was one of the greatest soldiers I served with during my 30 year career A fun loving gentleman who loved those crook cigars.
Jim StittNorth Ogden, UT
Seldom does one get the chance to view by video and read about the exploits and accomplishments of a true American hero. I wish I couldve met Gen. Knowles. He was one of a kind a man who stood above the crowd, but didnt see himself as such.
Thank you Gen. Knowles, and than you a thousand times over. We cant adequately repay you for your service to our country. RIP.
Tom BurkeMobile, AL
Dear Judge Knowles and family,
We are thinking of you in your time of loss. Although we never met Gen. Knowles he must have been a great man to be the father of such a wonderful person as is Judge Knowles. Catherine Zarkos, Susan BurgessFarrell and DAnn Rasmussen
Susan BurgessFarrellAlbuquerque, NM
Dear Judge Knowles,
Please accept my condolences for the passing of your father. He sounds like he had a remarkable life. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Michele MorosinAlbuquerque, NM
I had the honor and privilege of serving as Gen Knowles first AidedeCamp when he was the Asst Div Cmdr of the 11th Air Assault Div at Fort Benning, which became the 1st Cavalry Division Airmobile. I went to Vietnam with him in 19651966, and can tell the world that this was a man of courage, integrity, and compassionand a great mentor for me. He will be greatly missed, and I am truly saddened not to have seen him again before he passed away. My sincere condolences to all his family.
Pete BostwickCorrales, NM
My condolences to the Generals family .He was a great man and the best legislator we have ever had. He exercised power for the greatest good for everyone. Morgan Nelson
Morgan NelsonRoswell, NM
General Knowles was a truly great man who I am honored to call my friend. I got to know Dick in the State Legislature. He was the republican Leader in the House and I in the Senate. We worked closely together. He was a man of strong principle who always kept his word. He was a great leader and our State and everyone who worked with him are better off for his involvement and leadership.
Senate Majority Leader 19841988
Bill ValentineAlbuquerque, NM
Dear Family, I was privileged to work in the N.M. State Legislature during General Knowles term and enjoyed the experience. I had known him and Betty when I lived in Roswell in the 1980s and worked in his son Richards law firm. With much respect for all the family, I send condolences. Dianne
Dianne DumasSanta Fe, NM
Our condolences to the family and friends of the general. What an incredible life he led We should all do well to accomplish half of what hes done. Im sure the family is extremely proud of that.
Mike and Joyce ClintonPhoenix, AZ
I have many fond memories of the year I served with Lt. General Knowles. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family and all those who called him friend.
CW4 Thomas J AdamsAlbuquerque, NM
I am so proud to have met him. What an interesting life he had. My thoughts are with Judge Knowles and Judge Clinton, Rebecca and the rest of the family.
MARY ANN WITHROWALBUQUERQUE, NM
The General and all the Family are in our prayers.
Jeff and Catherine McCarthyIndian Harbour Beach, FL
My blessings and good wishes to the family. What a father who was so kind and gifted. A patriot he was and his accolades will be many.
Jena AmaralRoswell, NM