Age 87, of Grand Ledge, MI, passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014. He was born July 24, 1926 in Alpena, MI to Richard and Emma Knechtel. Russell loved to do many things; he loved sports, RVing, boating but what he loved the most was spending time with his friends and family. Nothing was more important to Russell than spending time with family and having get togethers. Russell was a veteran of World War II and a graduate of MSU. He was owner and operator of Music Systems Corp. for over 35 years along with his wife and family. Russell also loved his hometown of Alpena and was a lifelong member of the Elks.
Russell is survived by his children: Vickie L. (Robert) Barnett, Kathleen (Stuart) Thorburn, Penny (Tom) Kaiser, and Daniel Knechtel. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren: Kevin Gustufson, Steven Thorburn, Jennifer Gustafson, Jay Thorburn, Danny Kaiser, Kaurynn Knechtel, Kendall Knechtel; and 2 great-grandchildren: Jordyn Hanks, and Dylan Hanks. Russell was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Alice “Jane” Knechtel in December and four older brothers, Harold, Harvey, Victor and Ralph Knechtel.
Visitation for friends and family will be from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel. The funeral service will follow at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A short celebration of his life with a light dinner will follow at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Memorial contributions in memory of Russell may be made to Hospice Advantage.