Robert “Russell” Kight,
Jr., 77, of Renfrew, Pennsylvania, passed away on
October 24, 2014.
Russell was born in
Pittsburgh, PA to Helen and Robert R. Kight, Sr. in
1937. He graduated from West View High school in
1955, and Edinboro State Teachers College in 1959.
After college, Russell
served in the US Army as a Communications Center
Specialist. He was stationed in Ankara, Turkey. Mr.
Kight was awarded a Good Conduct Medal and named
Soldier of the Month (February 1960), before being
honorably discharged in 1965. Eventually, Russell
went on to become a distinguished art educator and
talented metal smith. He taught jewelry at Fox
Chapel Area High School for more that Thirty-three
years before retiring in 1997. As a teacher, he was
deeply admired, inspiring many of his students to go
on to become accomplished artists in their own
As well, Mr. Kight was
actively involved in the art community. He was a
member of the Associated Artists of Butler County,
Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, North Hills Art
Center, Pennsylvania Art Education Association,
National Art Education Association, among other
notable organizations. Russell received numerous
awards for his jewelry, and was recognized both
locally and nationally for his exceptional
craftsmanship. In 1995, Mr. Kight was named
Outstanding Secondary Art Educator of the Year by
the Pennsylvania Art Education Association.
Additionally, Mr. Kight was honored to serve as a
judge for the Regional Pittsburgh Scholastic Art
Awards; a prestigious award and recognition program
for creative teenagers whose distinguished alumni
include Pittsburgh native Andy Warhol.
Outside of teaching, Mr.
Kight’s passion was fly fishing. He spent much of
his free-time fishing with his son, and close
friends in streams all across the Keystone state;
one year catching more than 3072 trout and
steel-head combined. When Russell took to the
stream, fellow anglers would sometimes put down
their rods, gather around, and watch in amazement as
he reeled in trout after trout; releasing one,
before catching another. In addition, Mr. Kight was
an avid supporter of Trout Unlimited and their
efforts to protect and sustain our states wild trout
Russell is survived by his
wife of 55 years, Murley Kay Kight of Renfrew; his
son Randy R. Kight of Butler; as well as several
nieces and nephews.
In accordance with Mr.
Kight’s wishes, there will be no public visitation
Arrangements are being
handled by the Thompson-Miller Funeral Home, Inc.,
124 East North Street, Butler, PA 16001.