OBITUARY

Russell Charles Kissick

January 25, 1941June 22, 2017

Our beloved Russ Kissick of Plano, Texas passed away peacefully on June 22, 2017. Born Russell Charles Kissick to Russell and Betty (Baumann) Kissick on January 25, 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio, he attended the University of Cincinnati where he met his future wife of over 50 years Pamela (Gruber).

In addition to Pam, he is survived by son Craig Kissick of Dallas, Texas and brother Edward Kissick of Sarasota, Florida. After enjoying a successful career as a marketing executive and, as the result, traveling all over the world, he found his true passion in the form of the Interurban Railway Museum in Plano to which he was dedicated for so many years. He thoroughly enjoyed sharing the museum with children as well as adults and was committed to making it a fixture in downtown Plano. He was popular in the community and universally loved in the city he called home for some 35 years. He will be missed but not forgotten. In lieu sending any flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to any appropriate charity. An avid runner, Russ ran a good race and left a great legacy.

A Memorial Mass for Russ Kissick will be held on Friday June 30 at 10AM at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church at 6306 Kenwood Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75214. Phone number (214) 821-3360.

Arrangements under the direction of Sparkman-Crane Funeral Home, Dallas, TX.

Services

  • Memorial Mass

    Friday, June 30, 2017

Memories

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rayna miller

October 20, 2017

Uncle Butch was the older brother of my mother Carol "Jane" Russell of Cincinnati, OH who passed away on October 18, 2004 from cancer. We enjoyed the visits Uncle Butch would make periodically to visit all of us. Unfortunately we were unaware of Uncle Butch's illness and were unable to say proper good by. He will be missed my my younger sister Amanda Russell-Hronek of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, myself Rayna Russell of Cincinnati, OH and my father Rodney Russell of Columbus, IN. We love you Uncle Butch and you will be missed by us all. You were a good solid human being who always did right by everyone who knew you..I love you.

September 18, 2017

Dear Pam,
We are so sorry for you and your son's loss. Your husband was an inspiration to so many and he will truly be missed by this community.
Linda Draper and Book Haven Book Club

Tom Keener

August 19, 2017

Russ did as much to preserve Collin County history, especially transportation history, as anyone.

Tom Keener

Bill McCormack

July 8, 2017

I met Russ many years ago when the museum had not yet opened. Over the years I met him twice more before I ended up working there two Saturdays a month. It's been a great friendship, one that has made me a better person. Thanks, Russ!

Will Taylor

June 30, 2017

I was lucky enough to have known Russ through my good friend and colleague of many years, Craig. Russ was a kind and interesting man, a wonderful father and husband and passed on many of his fine qualities to his son. Pam and Craig, Brandy, Rhys and I grieve with you - but celebrate that lovely man and will continue to pray for you.

Bonnie Peter

June 29, 2017

Russ was a true friend and will be missed. Russ was dedicated to the Interurban Railway Museum and was responsible for helping to make it a destination for visitors from Plano and around the world. His cheerful and friendly manner made everyone to feel welcome - the young and the old. Russ was the heart and soul of the museum. I will miss our talks and his insights to life.

Bonnie Peter

June 29, 2017

Russ was a true friend and will be missed. Russ was dedicated to the Interurban Railway Museum and was responsible for helping to make it a destination for visitors from Plano and around the world. His cheerful and friendly manner made everyone feel welcome both the young and the old. He was truly the heart and soul of the museum. I will miss our talks and Russ' insights to life.

Debbie Calvin

June 27, 2017

Russ had a gift of making everyone he met feel like a friend. He was a gentleman in all he did. He will be missed.

Marilyn Montoro

June 27, 2017

Russ was very dedicated to his work at the museum and that was an inspiration to me.
His positive attitude, cheerfulness, and work ethic made me look forward to my hours at the museum.
I will miss him.