Robert "Russell" Kight, Jr.

August 16, 1937 ~ October 24,  2014


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 right.

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 resources.

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 or service.

Arrangements are being handled by the Thompson-Miller Funeral Home, Inc., 124 East North Street, Butler, PA 16001.



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