Russell Peter Krawchuk

Born in Palmerton, PA on November 21, 1946

Departed on February 19, 2021 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Surrounded by family, Russell P. “Rusty” Krawchuk, 74, of Radcliff Ln, Hendersonville, was summoned to his final fishing trip Friday, February 19, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

Rusty proudly hails from Palmerton, PA, a sleepy, valley town nestled just south of the Lehigh Gap of the Appalachian Trail. This area inspired his love of nature and the great outdoors, and he often told stories of maintaining part of the “AT” as an Eagle Scout and fishing along the Lehigh River with his brothers. He is a 1964 graduate of Palmerton High School and a received his BS in marketing from St. John’s University (NY) in 1970. He married Barbara that same year and the couple quickly started their family. After a few job relocations with three kids in tow, they happily settled in Hendersonville in 1981. He retired in 2008 from the Nissan Smyrna Assembly Plant.

Rusty’s thirst for nature never wavered. He could name any bird or frog on sight or by sound and looked forward to daily neighborhood deer sightings. Days were packed with filling bird feeders, nurturing his many air plants and orchids, and harvesting his summer garden. A beach bum at heart, you could find Rusty several times a year in Longboat Key pulling in fish, making friends and exploring new restaurants. When he wasn’t at the beach or playing with plants, he was rocking the kitchen with new recipes ranging from southern BBQ to his famous low country boils, all with fabulous cocktails! Grocery shopping was part of his DNA - he absolutely loved it and rarely missed his Wednesday shopping day, often hitting three different grocery stores. One of his favorite gifts was a roadtrip to Jungle Jim’s International Market in Cincinnati. Rusty also enjoyed traveling with his wife with noted trips to New England, Russia, Prague and the U.K. He was a devoted fan and a charter PSL season ticket member of the Titans and scored tickets to see them play (and lose) in Super Bowl XXXIV. Following his father’s footsteps, he rarely missed a Yankees game or a Notre Dame football game, and made a couple treks to Yankee Stadium and South Bend.

Rusty is survived by his wife of 50 years, Barbara A. (Goodrich) Krawchuk of Hendersonville; children Kristina M. Krawchuk of Hendersonville, Alyson N. Krawchuk of Palmerton, PA, and Jon David Krawchuk of Hendersonville; and his best buddy, Sir Winston Churchill the Westie. He is also survived by his sister, Jane Ann (Elwood) Bowman of Shermansdale, PA; brothers Andrew J. (Sally) Krawchuk of Palmerton, PA, and Jan E. (Michele) Krawchuk of Slatington, PA; and two granddogs, Sir Carr O’Neill and Lady Lily Rose. Rusty was predeceased by parents, Russell and Emily (Hrusovsky) Krawchuk.

In lieu of flowers and a service, please consider making a donation to Walden’s Puddle in Rusty’s name. He discovered the local wildlife rehabilitation center after saving an injured Cooper’s Hawk on the side of the road. waldenspuddle.org/donate/

11 Comments to Russell Peter Krawchuk

  1. Lynn and Tim Takacs
    February 23, 2021 3:57 pm

    Tim and I extend our heartfelt sympathy to Barbara and the family. We enjoyed many hikes and after hike meals with Rusty and Barbara with the Tennessee Trails Association, Sumner Trails Chapter.

  2. Mike Collins
    February 23, 2021 4:54 pm

    Rusty was a very friendly and kind coworker who was very respectful with all people.

  3. Randy Knight
    February 23, 2021 5:26 pm

    So sorry to hear of Rusty’s passing. I enjoyed working as a colleague of Rusty’s at Nissan. You could not work with Rusty and not enjoy it. It always had a hearty laugh and such a great sense of humor. He also had such a great zeal for life. I was blessed our paths crossed. My condolences and prayers to Rusty’s family.

  4. Jake Flaker
    February 23, 2021 5:39 pm

    Rusty was a great friend. We both started about the same time. I also like birds an the outdoors. Sorry buddy to see you go but you are in a better place I also love Jungle Jim’s. My sister lives close to it. My condolences to Barbara and the family from Lois and I.

  5. Jim Bowles
    February 23, 2021 7:32 pm

    Rusty was a joy to work with and so interesting to
    talk to about anything. He had been a lot of places and done a lot of things, but his true love was his family. He always spoke so highly of each of them. I will never forget seeing
    him interviewed on TV at the Titans’ pre-game tailgate cooking a host of Krawchuk delicacies. He did a fabulous job with the interview. He definitely could have done well with his own show as a TV chef. I am looking forward to seeing
    Rusty when I get to Heaven. He will quickly have me introduced to so many of his new friends.

  6. Linda D. Vaughn
    February 23, 2021 7:41 pm

    Rusty was a cheerful individual who was always helpful and kind. His sense of humor was notorius and enjoyable.
    I enjoyed working with Rusty at Nissan. My prayers and sincere condolences to his loved ones.

  7. Larry Burks
    February 23, 2021 8:36 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Rusty’s passing. I enjoyed working with Rusty over the years. He was quick witted and always has a funny comment just when it was needed. RIP old friend. Our prayers are with Barbara and the family.

  8. Gerry Kretschmar
    February 24, 2021 8:34 am

    Certainly one of Nissan’s finest teammates, always happy, always cheerful. The Lord took one of the best we had, RIP Rusty.

  9. Joe Reese
    February 24, 2021 9:38 pm

    One of my favorites at Nissan. Always had a story to tell that had you laughing and put a smile on your face. Wish we could do it all over again. See you on the other side my friend. Praying for peace for the family.

  10. Hewitt and Annie Sawyers
    February 25, 2021 11:17 am

    Hewitt and I extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Mr. Krawchuk. We did not know him, but we had an opportunity to meet his son, JD, who did some painting for us during his father’s illness. Having read his life’s story, however, we feel like we knew him. What a great nature enthusiast, sportsman, cook, and traveler he was! It sounds like he was a fun-loving guy. In times like these it is difficult to know the right words to say, but know that you are still in our thoughts and prayers. We recommend you to God, who is the source of all comfort. Remember! Those who walk with God on earth will definitely walk with Him in heaven. We might sleep for a moment, but we shall rise again.

  11. Al Cole
    February 27, 2021 10:07 am

    Rusty had a good sense of humor. He loved people and Telling a good joke, He was a fun loving guy. He had a passion for his family, friends and good food. I really enjoyed our conversations. Rest In Peace Rusty. One day I will see you again!

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