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September 11, 1982
January 22, 2014
Russell Diefenbacher passed away peacefully at home with his parents by his side on January 22, 2014 after a 3-year battle with brain cancer. Russell was born on September 11, 1982 in Ukiah, California to Kerry "Herk" and Deborah "Chris" Diefenbacher and was raised in Kelseyville, CA.
Russell fought cancer bravely - never complaining or angry, remained positive and hopeful, and grateful to live the life he had with a loving family and loyal friends.
In 1994, the Diefenbacher's relocated to Reno, NV. Russell attended Washoe County Schools and graduated from McQueen High in 2001. He graduated in 2004 with an Associate of Arts Degree from Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC), and from University of Nevada, Reno in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree. The following year he graduated from TMCC with an Associate Degree in Graphic Arts.
Russell was fortunate enough to begin his career in his chosen profession with KOLO News Channel 8 in June 2008 as an editor. He learned more at KOLO in six months than his entire academic tenure. He was an ardent film lover and critic, and a loyal sports fan particularly when it came to the 49ers, Oakland A's, Dodgers, and Nevada Wolf Pack. Russell had a unique and fun sense of humor. He touched so many lives with his gentle and kind demeanor.
Russell is survived by his Mother and Father, his sister's Nancy Willis of Reno, Tammy (Adam) Mayberry of Sparks, Heidi (Nick) Houlding of Gosport, England, brother Scott Diefenbacher of Cobb, California, nephew Anthony Meo, nieces Angela and Isabella Meo, and Reagan and Aydan Mayberry, Uncle Tom Murphy of Eureka, CA, Uncle Marty Steiner of Grants Pass, OR, and best friend Brian Rogers and his family. Russell was preceded by Grandparents Clay and Eleanor Diefenbacher of Walnut Creek, CA and James and Audrey Murphy of Kelseyville, CA, and Aunt Kathy Murphy Steiner.
A memorial service will be held at Ross Burke & Knobel Mortuary (2155 Kietzke Lane) on Saturday, February 1 at Noon. Following the service, the Diefenbacher's will host a reception to celebrate Russell's life at the Sante Fe Hotel (235 North Lake Street).
The Diefenbacher family wishes to expresses their heartfelt gratitude for the overwhelming support and love shown by so many, including the countless medical professionals who helped and supported Russell through this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to be made in the name of Russell Diefenbacher to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Gentiva Hospice Services in Sparks.
Ross, Burke & Knobel, Reno
2155 Kietzke Lane
Reno, NV 89502
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Jan. 29 to Jan. 31, 2014