Russell Karr
1946 - 2020
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Russell Karr, 74, of Evanstown, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born April 14, 1946, in Greensburg, a son of the late Nicholas and Katie (Altpeter) Karr. In addition to his parents, Russ was preceded in death by his seven brothers, Wesley, Robert, Homer, Nicholas, Clinton, George and Walter Karr; three sisters, Katherine Petrick, Anna R. Serbanjak and Romaine Beck; and infants, Frank, Naomi and Theodore Karr. He was an Army veteran and was a life member of the Herminie VFW Post 8427 and the Herminie VFD Station 15 since 1992. Faith was an important part of Russ's life, where he was an usher at St. Edward Church in Herminie. Russell was owner and operator of Karr Refuse Service and then Karr Dumpster & Flatbed Service in Irwin for the past 40 years. He was a loving husband, great father and special pappy. He enjoyed working and working and working. He loved collecting old signs, Mack Trucks, old cars, and things that he might find useful. He loved spending time with his family, especially with his granddaughter, Prue. He enjoyed spending time with his breakfast buddies at Colonial Grille and with his friends at Persichetti's. He also loved to play on his backhoe and tow-motor at his lot and always enjoyed "anger management" meetings at his garage with friends. He was very proud to be from Cat's Head. Russ is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Joni (Mikel) Karr; his son, Russell J. "Whitey" (Christy) Karr, of Evanstown; his darling granddaughter, Prudence, whom he adored; his sister, Dorothy (Philip) Comini, of Herminie; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Karr, of Evanstown; and numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Russ will be very sadly missed by his family and many, many friends all over the county. He was a friend to everyone he met. He will forever be remembered for his stories, jokes, kindness, hugs and especially his warm heart. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, PA 15637, 724-446-7251. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Edward Church. Please go directly to church. Interment with full military honors will follow in Madison Union Cemetery. Please be prepared to adhere to all the current CDC guidelines, including face masks and social distancing, in the funeral home and in church. Funeral home occupancy will be limited to 25 people at a time. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Edward Church, 120 St. Edward Lane, Herminie, PA 15637, in memory of Russ. To send online condolences, please visit www.nickelsfuneralhomeinc.com.

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Published in Greensburg Tribune Review from Nov. 19 to Nov. 20, 2020.
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November 21, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.R.I.P. Russ. He’s probably cracking them up in heaven with one of his stories!!!
Bob Beiter and family
Acquaintance
November 20, 2020
We lived in Madison on Meadow Lane more than 30 years ago. My two oldest sons, less than 10 at the time, would wait every garbage day for “Garbage Russell,” as the called him. He would often give them a ride up and down Meadow Lane on the truck, and they loved it. He was a kind and thoughtful man, and the world needs more like him.
John Markle
Acquaintance
November 20, 2020
Rest In Peace , old timer B61 Mack driver

Mark Kite Sr
Mark Kite Sr
Friend
November 20, 2020
Dear Joni, May God wrap his arms around you and your family during this difficult time...
Mary Grushecky Mc Cleary
Friend
November 20, 2020
All of the meetings in the garage with Russ, Joni, Milo and me. I will miss you Mr Russ Karr.......
Don Bowers
Friend
November 20, 2020
May God bless you and keep you safe during your time of loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Lois (Leasure) Brandstetter
Lois E Brandstetter
November 20, 2020
I worked for Russ. He was a really nice guy.Great to be around.Going to miss one great person.
Sport(David) Oblak
November 20, 2020
Russ was a total original in many ways. He will be missed by our family in many ways. We are very sorry for your great loss. I also have to say that is the best Obit I have ever read. It captured him 100%. God Bless you all.
Bob Fawcett
Friend
November 19, 2020
My high school friend. Just an amazing guy. We always shared a hug and a kind word. Love and respect.
Jan Casale
Friend
November 19, 2020
He always had a spontaneous smile along with a friendly HELLO! He will be sorely missed. I knew him in High School and had a lot of good times with him (we will miss you Chappy!)
Terry Stafford
Friend
November 19, 2020
My husband, Bill Geary knew Russ and always enjoyed running into him. Lots of laughter!
Donna Geary
Friend
November 19, 2020
Our Deepest Sympathy
Ken ,Carolyn, Ken Jr, Kevin Peoples
November 19, 2020
Ame Caline and Michel Polnareff
November 19, 2020
So sorry to hear of Russ's passing our thoughts and prayers are with your family. He will be missed by all; he was a special individual for sure.
Tom & Michelle Howard
Friend
November 19, 2020
Russell was a friend from the old days in Herminie. I can always picture that smile, and, a new joke to be told. Our breakfast gang enjoyed seeing him at our get togethers at the Colonial Grille. I will miss him greatly.
Gary W. Hoffman
Gary W. Hoffman
Friend
November 19, 2020
Russ was a great friend,always smiling and enjoying life to the fullest. He is going to missed,always remember it's not goodbye it's until we meet again. Jim and Cookie (Elizabeth) Ferens.
JIM AND ELIZABETH FERENS
Friend
November 19, 2020
Sympathies, Prayers & Hugs to Joni and Family. Russ was a gift, a smile and a friend. He will always be a warm memory Love Mark & Anne
Anne Persichetti
November 19, 2020
A great guy & friend always had a smile & joke for every one surly to be missed by his family & all who knew him. My thoughts & sympathy are extended to his family in this time of sorrow.
Darryl (Muggs) Lender
Friend
November 19, 2020
So sorry to hear of Russ passing! Our deepest sympathy to Joni and the family!! Larry and Cheryl Stimple
November 19, 2020
My sincere condolences to the Karr family. Russell, it was a good ride !!!
Bill Oblak
November 18, 2020
What a great guy! You’ll be sorely missed! Rest In Peace my friend.
Steve Eichelberger
Friend
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