Thomas Klauss

May 25, 1943February 8, 2019

Thomas Klauss, age 75, of Midland passed away Friday, February 8, 2019 in Midland.

He was born May 25, 1943 in Rochester, New York to Ralph and June (Busch) Klauss. He graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s degree in Geology in 1965 and continued onto Idaho State where he received his Master’s degree in Geology in 1969. He worked as a Petroleum Geologist for a number of companies including Cities Service Company, Vice President of Exploration at Tom Brown, Inc., CMS Drilling and Henry Petroleum, where he was a pioneer in the Permian Basin Wolfcamp Play. He later worked as a geological consultant for himself, Berry Petroleum and Linn Energy. He was registered as a professional geologist in three states and was a longtime member of the West Texas Geological Society, SIPES, AAPG, and GSA.

Tom had an avid interest in cars and motorcycles. He was involved with the Corvette and motorcycle clubs in Midland, and was one of the founding members of the West Texas Cruisers Car Club. He truly loved spending time with his son working on cars and drag racing. He also enjoyed spending afternoons at his shop/home barbecuing and hanging out with his close friends.

He is survived by his son, Adam Klauss, his wife Laura and their three children- David, Isaac, and Richard-all of Midland, TX; sister, Patty Smith and her husband, Jay, of Bloomfield, NY; their children, Jeffrey Smith of Canandaigua, NY and Sandra Heacock of East Bloomfield, NY; sister-in-law, Linda and her husband Terry Panych of Rochester, NY; cousins, Jimmy Busch and his wife Sarah of Savoy, Texas; Kathy Busch-Brown of Webster, NY and Genie Furber-Ellsworth of Ontario, NY. Tom is also survived by his fiancé, Renee Evans of Webster, NY and her daughter Stacie and husband Michael Honeygham of Philadelphia, PA.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and June Klauss and his wife of 46 years, Laura Taft Klauss.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel.

The family has designated the American Cancer Society for memorial contributions.

Online condolences may be made at


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Ashley Hedges Garza

February 12, 2019

Most of my early childhood memories come from “Tom and Laura’s.” When we moved here from Denver they became our family. My fondest memories are of diveway BBQ’s, a really cool hammock, the coolest garage ever and I mean really; you couldn’t go to anyone else’s house and balance a sword on your head! My condolences to Adam (you were a little like my bratty little brother with a cool race car bed) and your beautiful wife and children. Your parents gave me memories I’ll never forget. Love to you all!

Andy Bell

February 12, 2019

I remember it like yesterday -- Tom actually 'running' across Texas Ave., pinning me up against the Vaughn Bldg, and "demanding" half my time as my first consulting gig a short 23 years ago. We sure found a lot of gas together down there in Terrell Co. for ol' TBI, and had a lot of fun in the process -- there and elsewhere.
What a phenomenal geologist -- Tom could take a quick look at a log, instantly recognize the section and correlate to other wells -- and point out anomalous intervals for real O&G opportunities.
What a great friend -- though he sure enjoyed 'giving it to me' about the semi-permanent residence of one black Saab down to the Shop; I thought the annual rent of 1.75-L bottle of Crown was fairly reasonable compensation for that 5 - or maybe it was 8 - year stint!
What a proud father/grandfather of you and your family, Adam.
RIP, Tommy. You ran one helluva race and you've earned it, Old Friend.

John Skees

February 11, 2019

I will miss you Tom. God bless you and your loved ones.

Bruce Brady

February 11, 2019

Tom - A great friend - Outstanding Geologist -Devoted husband and father
Was a pleasure to have known him for the past 32 years. I will miss his company
and the good times we had in both work and play. May he rest in peace.

Thomas Reitz

February 11, 2019

My condolences to Adam and family, Patty, Renee and the rest of his family.
Tom and I were friends for more than 60 years and enjoyed hunting and fishing together when we were younger and even though we didn't see each other very often as we got older, it was like old times whenever we got together.
Tom stopped to see me on his way home from Webster last Fall and we had dinner, a couple of beers and reminisced about the 'good old days'. I am so glad we were able to spend that last time together. I will miss my good friend !

Tom Reitz
Bemus Point, NY

Karen DeWitte-Gibson

February 11, 2019

To Tom's family,
So sorry to hear of Tom's death. I have fond memories of our school days at Webster Central School. Most of all I remember his kindness and warm countenance. He will be missed.
May you be held by the peace of the Lord at this difficult time.
Karen DeWitte Gibson
Class of '61

Ferrell Powell

February 10, 2019

Adam, my heart breaks for your sweet wife and your beautiful children.
I knew your Dear Mom better than your Dad, but always loved being around your Dad with his hearty laugh and kind ways!
Adam you are in my Prayers and thoughts as you get through this difficult time!
Much Love,
Ferrell Powell

Andrew Peters

February 10, 2019

I will always remember hanging out at Tom’s in the driveway grilling burgers and talking about life challenges and accomplishments. He was a genuine guy that was understanding and someone you could always share your thoughts and feelings with. He will be missed. My condolences to Adam, Laura and their children.

Sarah Young

February 8, 2019

Tom was always a kind man, a loving father, and I’m glad I got to know him. He had a wonderful laugh and a great heart. My condolences to his son and grandkids.