Let the memory of Russ be with us forever
  • 57 years old
  • Born on October 21, 1953 in St. Louis, Missouri, United States.
  • Passed away on April 15, 2011 in Del Mar, California, United States.

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. 

 

 

Posted by David Dugan on 14th April 2018
Dear Russ, I feel your Spirit. You live because you loved and are loved --even to this very moment. How can we not love such a beautiful soul such as yours. You are a light--keep burning bright. It helps us all as we journey to join you again in peace.
Posted by Lynn Knerr on 14th April 2018
My dear Russ you have been gone 7 years. It is so hard to believe that it has been this long. We miss you every day but especially today. The memories come flooding in. Losing you in my life has been so difficult. If it weren't for your wonderful daughter and granddaughter I'm not sure I would have made it. They remind me of you every time I see them and it makes me smile. Katy said that Charlie is starting to have your sense of humor. I think it's true! You would be proud of them. I know I am. It might sound goofy but I see your life spirit carried on through them. It's how I know you are still with me. I love you and miss you so much.
Posted by Lynn Knerr on 20th October 2017
Happy 64th Birthday. I'm missing you tremendously my sweet Russ. Every day that goes by I think it will be better. You were so dear to my heart that I still can't believe you are gone, and yet the emptiness in my heart confirms it every day. It's so unfair that you're not here to see your daughter and granddaughter grow up. They keep me going! Just know that you were, and always will be, cherished and loved. P.S. Charlie wants to have a birthday party for you tonight...she loves you and cake!!
Posted by Bill Starbuck on 20th October 2017
Russ...Happy birthday big guy...the years tick by but the wonderful memories of you and Lynn; T-Bird, Mexico, and your visits to Palo Alto are crystal clear...I'm blessed to have known you both...
Posted by Laura Diede on 20th October 2017
Today you would have been 64. You're missed constantly by so many. Your daughter has grown into an amazing young woman and her boyfriend Lynel is awesome. Your granddaughter Charlie is so beautiful and tall and Judith is just a previous young woman. Loopy, well, she's taking care of Mom now, who at 93 is still a kick. You're niece and nephews are awesome; Judith and Charlie loves playing with Lulus two boys, Holden and Avett. You probably know all this because we all constantly see crows- so we know you are watching us. We miss you so much and wish you were still here. Love, Laurie
Posted by Bill Starbuck on 16th April 2017
Russ, Your missed on this mortal plane my friend, but never far from our hearts...many wonderful memories...
Posted by Lynn Knerr on 15th April 2017
We toasted Russ last night, six years after we lost him. We miss him and think about him all the time. Russ, your granddaughter Charlie asked me yesterday morning if your body is still here in the house. I told her that your spirit definitely is here. Judith remembers that you used to call out "Good night Barbie" and she would reply "Goodnight Ken". She was about six or seven, and it is a sweet memory for her even now as she is almost fifteen! We have so many reminders of you. I am honored to have been your wife and I still miss you dearly. Love, Lynn
Posted by Valerie Casey on 14th April 2017
We continue to cherish our memories of Russ and send our love to the Knerr family.
Posted by Andrea Berl on 20th October 2016
Respect and Love is going out to you and your family. I miss your gentle nature.
Posted by Mel Ingalls on 15th April 2016
No matter how busy I am, I remember and miss Russ.
Posted by Roger Knupp on 15th 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!!
Posted by Lynn Knerr on 14th 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.
Posted by Marilyn Knerr on 21st 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.
Posted by Bill Starbuck on 20th 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...
Posted by Bill Starbuck on 16th April 2015
Wonderful memories Russ..."Hey get off that T-bird pinball game and study your Spanish!"
Posted by Lynn Knerr on 16th 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! :)
Posted by Laura Diede on 14th 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.
Posted by Carol Starbuck on 14th 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****
Posted by David Dugan on 14th April 2015
Today I celebrate you, Russ, a life giving spirit full of light and love. You inspire.
Posted by Bill Starbuck on 20th 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.
Posted by Carol Starbuck on 20th 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.
Posted by Lynn Knerr on 20th 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
Posted by Bill Starbuck on 14th April 2014
Russ..you and Lynn will always be remembered during a wonderful time in life...your not gone, just waiting around the corner...
Posted by Lynn Knerr on 14th 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
Posted by Andrea Berl on 14th April 2014
I miss and love you!
Posted by Mel Ingalls on 22nd October 2013
I remember what Russ, Lynn and I did related to melanoma.
Posted by John Moran on 20th October 2013
Russ you are loved and missed! Hoya Hoya! John and Gail
Posted by Bill Starbuck on 20th 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
Posted by Carol Starbuck on 20th October 2013
Happy Birthday today Russ. I know you are with us in spirit so we shall remember always. Love you, Carolina
Posted by Lynn Knerr on 20th 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!
Posted by Bill Starbuck on 17th April 2013
The T-Bird pub, Russ on the pin ball, Reggae playing, cold beer, and our futures before us all... a magical time
Posted by Helen Tuliback on 14th April 2013
What smiles you still leave behind,, Miss you!
Posted by Laura Diede on 14th 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...
Posted by Lynn Knerr on 14th 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.
Posted by Carol Starbuck on 14th 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!
Posted by Marilyn Knerr on 23rd 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
Posted by Mel Ingalls on 21st 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.
Posted by Laura Diede on 20th 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
Posted by Helen Tuliback on 20th 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. :)
Posted by Lynn Knerr on 14th 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
Posted by Carol Starbuck on 14th 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 :-)
Posted by Lynn Knerr on 18th 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
Posted by Ryan Barry on 18th November 2011
Love you Russ
Posted by Laura Diede on 20th October 2011
Happy Birthday George Russell! We all miss you and we're so glad we have such good memories, Our Hero!
Posted by Carol Starbuck on 20th October 2011
Happy Birthday Russ.....
Posted by Helen Tuliback on 20th October 2011
Smiles, With lots of memories of MR Russ.. Miss your smiling face. Rest in Peace
Posted by Katy Knerr on 12th June 2011
I miss you dad.
Posted by Laura Diede on 15th 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
Posted by Marilyn Knerr on 10th 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.
Posted by Russ Knerr, Jr. on 10th 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

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