H.M. Patterson & Son-Canton Hill Chapel

1157 Old Canton Road Ne, Marietta, GA


Russell "Rus" David Kenkel

February 28, 1945September 23, 2019

Russell David Kenkel,74, died at home on Monday September 23, 2019 in Marietta, Georgia, following complications secondary to Lewy Body Dementia. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Tresa Crumley Kenkel. He is also survived by his 2 children and their families: Ryan Russell & Jennifer Kenkel; Kara & Toby Jorgensen, Tobin & Maddox. He is the son of the late Emil John Kenkel and Carmen Marie Kenkel of Defiance, Iowa and is preceded in death by his siblings Martin Kenkel and Bonnie Kenkel. He is survived by his siblings Phyllis Mikels, Mary Claussen, and John Kenkel; and a host of nieces and nephews. Rus was born and raised in Defiance IA. Following graduation from Creighton University in Omaha, NE, he began his 30-year career with Ford Motor Company which brought him to Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, he was a veteran of the US Army, serving in Vietnam. Following his retirement from Ford, he volunteered his time at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta. Rus enjoyed running-especially the Peachtree Road Race, cars, amateur photography and Atlanta Braves baseball. He was a devout Catholic and member of the Catholic Church of St. Ann’s for over 40 years. One of his greatest joys was spending time and sharing his love of baseball with his 2 grandsons who lovingly called him “Bo”. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, September 30, 2019 at the Catholic Church of St. Ann. Immediately following Mass, the family will receive friends at a reception in Nolan Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that you consider a donation in Rus’ name to Amy’s Place (amysplace.net) or the Lewy Body Dementia Organization (www.lbda.org).


  • Memorial Mass Monday, September 30, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Reception Monday, September 30, 2019


Russell "Rus" David Kenkel

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Pete Talmadge

October 1, 2019

I had the opportunity to have lunch with
Rus several times before he passed away.
We would go to an East Cobb restaurant
and drive around the area exploring new
construction and new subdivisions. We
talked at length about the Braves and how they might win the World Series. One day after lunch, Rus said “ That was good but what about dessert?” So off we went to Baskin & Robins to enjoy two scoops of our favorite flavor like two kids after school.

I enjoyed my time with Rus immensely and always looked forward to our next outing. I will miss him more than words can say. He was one of the finest men I ever met , and I consider myself fortunate to have known him.

Pete Talmadge

Diane Davis

September 29, 2019

Bob and I are so sorry for the loss of Rus. We feel so honored to have known this sweet man and to have been part of his extended family. Remember how he loved you all, and is smiling down on you.