Russ
Russ Knerr
  • 57 years old
  • Date of birth: Oct 21, 1953
  • Place of birth:
    St. Louis, Missouri, United States
  • Date of passing: Apr 15, 2011
  • Place of passing:
    Del Mar, California, United States
Let the memory of Russ be with us forever

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Russ Knerr born on October 21, 1953 and passed away on April 15, 2011. We will remember him forever. A Celebration of Russ Knerr’s life was held on May 14th, 2011 at the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church at 1:00 p.m.  Family and friends gathered to pay tribute  and honor the memories of a man who meant so much to all of us. The family kindly requests that should you choose to donate in Russ's honor,  direct donations to: 

San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine
4311 Third Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
Donations to be made in honor of Russ Knerr

A Gift in Memory of Russ Knerr to:
The UCSD Foundation
Attn: Pam Werner, Director of Development
Moores UCSD Cancer Center
200 W. Arbor Drive, #8982
San Diego, CA 92103
Gifts to be "Designated for melanoma research"

Russ was a humble, honest and kind soul, caring father, loving spouse, worthy son and a giving friend. Russ imparted a special wisdom and a special brand of humor to all who listened. His view of life was always unique, inquisitive and positive. In our lives, few special people pass before us - one of those was Russ - who brought joy to to others and gave his all to his family and those of us who were lucky enough to be his friend.  

George Russell Knerr, III, age 57, of Del Mar, CA, passed away on April 15, 2011 after a 17-year battle with malignant melanoma.  Russ was surrounded by his loving family. He was born October 21, 1953 in St. Louis, MO, son of G. Russell Knerr, Jr. of Naples, FL, and Marilyn Martin Knerr, of Mechanicsburg, PA.  Russ attended Camp Hill High School and was a graduate of the Mercersburg Academy and Bucknell University.  He received his Masters degree from the American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, AZ.  Russ was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather, and loved by all who knew him.  He was a kind, humble, valiant and honorable man. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.  He is survived by his parents, his wife Lynn, daughter Katy, granddaughter Charlie, his sister Virginia Mayfield and her son John Mayfield of Fort Worth, TX.

Please continue to share your memories, photos and tributes to Russ to preserve and honor his memory. 

 

 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Andrea Berl on 21st October 2016

"Respect and Love is going out to you and your family. I miss your gentle nature."

This tribute was added by Mel Ingalls on 16th April 2016

"No matter how busy I am, I remember and miss Russ."

This tribute was added by Roger Knupp on 16th April 2016

"Hey Russ,  You were a great friend throughout high school and college.  We had some crazy fun times, Mercersburg, Camp Hill, and Houston. Miss your crazy fun laugh!!  Peace my friend!!"

This tribute was added by Lynn Knerr on 15th April 2016

"I come back to this website regularly to re-read all of the wonderful notes and stories about Russ and to look at the photos. What an amazing guy he was! I miss him all the time, but especially today on the five-year anniversary of his passing. I feel his presence in our home and around me, with constant reminders of him - like his beautiful daughter and the granddaughter he only got to know briefly, but happily. The deep sorrow I feel is overwhelming today, and many days, but he left us with such a grand legacy of memories to support us through the years. I truly loved that man and I always will! I think of him and smile."

This tribute was added by Marilyn Knerr on 22nd October 2015

"Not a day goes by that I don't have Russ in my thoughts and prayers.  I love him and miss him so much."

This tribute was added by Bill Starbuck on 21st October 2015

"Russ...it's a great loss to not have you in our lives dear friend...you were an absolutely unique, special person, and if I sit quietly I can still hear your laugh..not of this mortal plane but part of our hearts..."

This tribute was added by Bill Starbuck on 17th April 2015

"Wonderful memories Russ..."Hey get off that T-bird pinball game and study your Spanish!""

This tribute was added by Lynn Knerr on 17th April 2015

"To my dear Russ,
The day has come and gone to honor your life and our loss of you - four years ago yesterday. I hope you know that we honor your life every day, not just on the day of your passing. I spent yesterday in a hospital, helping Mom but thinking of you. I learned so much from you - somehow it made being in the hospital almost bearable. We spent way too much time in hospitals, didn't we? Yet, all the times there and in between were amazingly special and I hold all of our memories so close to my heart. I miss you tremendously. I wish I could just hear your voice again or see your smile. Even though it has been four long years, I keep thinking you'll walk around the corner and back into our lives. You meant so much to me and to so many people. I love you very, very much.
P.S. I'm sure you're up in heaven playing with Carol Starbuck's boxer, Frasier. You always had a special bond with humans *and* animals! :)"

This tribute was added by Laura Diede on 15th April 2015

"So hard to believe you've been gone so long. I'm reminded of you everyday by the crowd in our neighborhood. We talk about you often, and smile. You are deeply missed."

This tribute was added by Carol Starbuck on 15th April 2015

"I miss you Russ and I think of you often. Two months ago today 2/15/15 my Boxer doggie Frazier died. I have a favor to ask, would you be so kind as to watch over him in heaven for me until I meet up with you there. Miss you dear friend****"

This tribute was added by David Dugan on 15th April 2015

"Today I celebrate you, Russ, a life giving spirit full of light and love. You inspire."

This tribute was added by Bill Starbuck on 21st October 2014

"No one with a better memory, or wit...Happy Birthday Russ and thank you for being part of so many of my most valued personal experiences."

This tribute was added by Carol Starbuck on 21st October 2014

"Happy birthday RUSS. I can still remember the night at a Mexican resturant in Palo Alto you turned to me and said "The waiters name is Otto"...I looked at you kinda like " ahhh OK"... And with that wonderful wit you said "yes, Automatic". I bursted out laughing. I still do to this day when I think of that! The light stilll shines dear friend. Always."

This tribute was added by Lynn Knerr on 21st October 2014

"Dear Russ, I miss you. Today would have been your 61st birthday. It seems so unfair not to have you here with us to celebrate a life well lived. I think about you all the time. I am forever grateful for the life we had together. Love you forever, Lynn"

This tribute was added by Bill Starbuck on 15th April 2014

"Russ..you and Lynn will always be remembered during a wonderful time in life...your not gone, just waiting around the corner..."

This tribute was added by Lynn Knerr on 15th April 2014

"Dear Russ,
You have been gone from us for three years now. We miss you very much. And you have missed so much. Our lovely, kind daughter Katy just turned 24 on April 9th. And our granddaughter Charlie will be 4 on May 6th. I'm so glad you got to meet her. She told me yesterday that you are her favorite Pop-Pop and you are in the sky watching over us. :)
We struggle on without you. I cherish all of the wonderful memories I have with you and although my heart is broken, I smile when I think of you. You could always make me laugh.
Love you and miss you so much,
Lynn"

This tribute was added by Andrea Berl on 15th April 2014

"I miss and love you!"

This tribute was added by Mel Ingalls on 23rd October 2013

"I remember what Russ, Lynn and I did related to melanoma."

This tribute was added by John Moran on 21st October 2013

"Russ you are loved and missed! Hoya Hoya!
John and Gail"

This tribute was added by Bill Starbuck on 21st October 2013

"Happy birthday warrior man...Russ,a brave soul who left a wonderful legacy of strength and kindness to all who knew him....your missed"

This tribute was added by Carol Starbuck on 21st October 2013

"Happy Birthday today Russ. I know you are with us in spirit so we shall remember always. Love you, Carolina"

This tribute was added by Lynn Knerr on 21st October 2013

"My dear Russ would have been 60 today, the 21st of October. If he were still here, we would have a huge celebration (which he would have said wasn't needed but would have throughly enjoyed!). But since he isn't here, we will remember him in solemn quiet, our hearts filled with love for him, wishing he were still here with us, tears in our eyes. Miss him so much!"

This tribute was added by Bill Starbuck on 18th April 2013

"The T-Bird pub, Russ on the pin ball, Reggae playing, cold beer, and our futures before us all... a magical time"

This tribute was added by Helen Tuliback on 15th April 2013

"What smiles you still leave behind,, Miss you!"

This tribute was added by Laura Diede on 15th April 2013

"It has been two years since you flew away. (I think that's what Charlie thinks, because she always says every crow or black bird she sees is you).  The funny thing is, it's like you are still here all the time.  Being able to live here with Lynn, Katy, Charlie, Judith, Hugo and Nana has been very special.  You have left behind a beautiful family..."

This tribute was added by Lynn Knerr on 15th April 2013

"Dearest Russ, Two long years of missing you. Seems like it should get easier but it just hasn't. I miss you every day and think about you all the time. Thank you for all the time we had together and the memories we created. You would be so proud of our daughter; how she is living her life & raising Charlie. She is so much like you it makes me smile. I'll love you forever and always."

This tribute was added by Carol Starbuck on 15th April 2013

"Two years always loved, never forgotten! Thought about you last night when I was watching a movie and I saw a character who reminded me of you. He was a cool guy just like you.....Always loved, never forgotten!"

This tribute was added by Marilyn Knerr on 24th October 2012

"Dear Russ, I miss you so much and have so memories of the wonderful times we had together.  I wish were with us this Christmas to see your adorable granddaughter open her gifts.  I know somehow you will be.  Love you, Mom"

This tribute was added by Mel Ingalls on 22nd October 2012

"Russ and I had watery eyes when we talked about hospice during the melanoma group. It was a goodbye. Previously, we discussed life and increasing well-being then about an ending. I was touched . Now I am   sad and OK with missing Russ."

This tribute was added by Laura Diede on 21st October 2012

"To the Melanoma Warrior.  It's the day of your birth and you are greatly missed but we all talk about you all the time and hold your life up as a goal for all!  Love you always! Laurie"

This tribute was added by Helen Tuliback on 21st October 2012

"Your always in my thoughts.  Love seeing your family, and sharing all the memories.
You would be so proud of them, with raising Charlie, you live within that little one...xo, with love your friend, and stylist. :)"

This tribute was added by Lynn Knerr on 15th April 2012

"Dear Russ, what a long and lonely year of missing you this has been. I have always loved you and I always will. I am the luckiest person in the world to have had you for my husband and my one true love. Today we will commemorate you with memories and thoughts from family and friends. It will be sad but joyful, for we all treasure the time we had with you. I love you dearly, Lynn"

This tribute was added by Carol Starbuck on 15th April 2012

"Hi Russ, We are all thinking about you today and my wish is that you are there with us in every ray of sunshine, in every breath we take. In every star that twinkles I look for you everywhere. Until we meet again dear friend, know you are in our hearts forever.  AKA Las Madres de la Comunida...A Knerr/Starbuck Joke!!  Right Lynn :-)"

This tribute was added by Lynn Knerr on 19th December 2011

"Dear sweet Russ, It is a few days past eight months since you had to leave us. We miss you so much every day, but especially as Christmas approaches. It will never be the same and yet the special traditions we created together will sustain us through the holidays. I wish you were here to see Charlie open her Christmas presents. She says hi to your picture every day. I love you, Lynn"

This tribute was added by Ryan Barry on 19th November 2011

"Love you Russ"

This tribute was added by Laura Diede on 21st October 2011

"Happy Birthday George Russell! We all miss you and we're so glad we have such good memories, Our Hero!"

This tribute was added by Carol Starbuck on 21st October 2011

"Happy Birthday Russ....."

This tribute was added by Helen Tuliback on 21st October 2011

"Smiles,
With lots of memories of MR Russ..
Miss your smiling face.  
Rest in Peace"

This tribute was added by Katy Knerr on 13th June 2011

"I miss you dad."

This tribute was added by Laura Diede on 16th May 2011

"What an amazing man...I have always truly been inspired by his ability to work through all of his illnesses. I am honored to have know him and will always be grateful that we shared his life with him and his family. It is so hard to believe he is gon"

This tribute was added by Marilyn Knerr on 11th May 2011

"A mother couldn't ask for a more wonderful son. Russ, I cherish every moment I had with you and I miss you so much."

This tribute was added by Russ Knerr, Jr. on 11th May 2011

"Russ was a very special gift from God to his mother and me.  He was not only a wonderful son, but he was also my friend.  
Russ, I love you and miss you very much and you are always in my thoughts.  You will forever be in my heart.  Love, Dad"

This tribute was added by Jane Ceron on 10th May 2011

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven
—Ecclesiates: 3:1-13"

This tribute was added by John J. Tropsa on 7th May 2011

"The tributes to Russ are heartwarming and show a vivid picture of a very special person who was loved by many.    Friends of his parents, Marilyn and John Tropsa"

This tribute was added by Nancy Jamison on 5th May 2011

"Everyone that knew Russ liked him - he was a wonderful man in every way.  Everyone that knows the whole Knerr family is inspired-  awed by the power and the beauty of your courage, dedication and love."

This tribute was added by William Goodrich on 5th May 2011

"What a gift Russ was to everyone who knew him. I feel so fortunate that he was part of my life and that of my kids."

This tribute was added by Bill Starbuck on 2nd May 2011

"Quiet, but a powerful, special soul...Russ you were the true definition of a man...rest easy my friend."

This tribute was added by Valerie Casey on 27th April 2011

"I think often of the times Russ and I would play with our dogs Jake and Jet at the softball field while Katy and Laurel were practicing with their teams.  Those memories of this kind and gentle man always bring a smile to my face."

This tribute was added by Linda Cipriani on 26th April 2011

"Thank you for creating this website.  It's such a wonderful tribute to a special man, a unique soul, someone whose life we will never forget.

Linda Cipriani"

This tribute was added by Kathleen Sulgit on 25th April 2011

"To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die (Thomas Campbell).  Russ always had a smile on his face, and a spirit of optimism that was contagious. He lived with grace and dignity, and shared his time generously. He will live in our hearts forever"

This tribute was added by Andrea Berl on 24th April 2011

"When I think of Russ, I smile.  I smile because he represents and embodied friendship, patience, courage, humor, kindness, thoughtfulness and unconditional love.  Russ thank you for being my wise teacher and friend. I miss you."

This tribute was added by Carol Starbuck on 23rd April 2011

"I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush.
In beautiful birds of circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quite room.
I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing."

This tribute was added by azmina madsen on 23rd April 2011

"Absolutely loved seeing all the wonderful photos - well done!  Russ was a great guy as is his whole family!"

This tribute was added by Amaury Gallisa on 23rd April 2011

"You kept your face turned toward the sunshine
Trapped in a body that only knew rain
And chose to see the joys in life
In spite of constant pain..."


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