Russell Carl Nemec (’74)

Engineer, Car Enthusiast, Scout Leader, And Church Leader
Saturday, June 1, 2024

Russell Carl Nemec transitioned from his earthly journey to his heavenly home on the afternoon of May 29th, 2024. He passed unexpectedly and quickly.

He was a beloved husband, father and community member. Russell was a Christian and servant leader in his church family and the Boy Scouts of America. His actions always spoke louder than his gentle spirit. He was a past choir member where he attended St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church for over 40 years, where he loved singing.

Russell was born in Houston, Tx., and spent his first 30 years in the bustling city and studied at the University of Houston, working as an electrical engineer. Russell and Jane met through UofH and church friends and were married 47 years.

The pair quickly became proud parents of two boys, Daniel Aaron and Jonathan David Jerome and would lovingly raise them in the north Georgia mountains around Lookout Mountain and Chickamauga, Ga. Texas vacations, Boy Scouts and church activities were favorite family times. Later, they enjoyed time with grandchildren and their boys’ families. Russ was a proud Grandpa and “Pocky” to his grandkids, usually first to have the babies fall asleep in his calm, steady embrace.

Russell’s career trajectory vacillated between service to God and the discipline of engineering. He followed his heart and what he needed to do for the glory of God, but also for the success of his nuclear family and family community.

Russ was an engineer through and through, working internationally and on major consumer brands facilities. He spent seven years in ministry at Camp Lookout serving youth outdoor church education. He kept the camp facilities running and operating for the Holsten UMC Camp Conference.

He was an avid car enthusiast, an interest stemming from his grandfather and father’s interests. He spent over 30 years as a Scout and Scout leader, stewarding both his boys to the Eagle Rank. Russ received Vigil Honor, the highest level within the Order of the Arrow for service to the larger community. He volunteered in the Vestry, Soup Kitchens, Room in the Inn and many other impactful, needed causes for underserved communities.

Russ is survived by his mother, June Dell, and his wife, Jane Ann. His sons, Dan (Suzi) and John (Jennie), and brothers, Jeffery (Belinda) and Keith (Cindy) remain to continue his work on earth. Russ loved his grandchildren and would often simply want to spend time watching, learning and teaching them. They include Sawyer (13), Raleigh (11) and Jacqueline (3). Nieces, nephews and many other loved family members contributed to the wonderful family ecosystem that Jane and Russ strived to culture.

Russell Carl Nemec will be greatly missed.

Memorial service will be held at St. Thaddaeus Episcopal Church, 4300 Locksley Lane, Chattanooga, Tn. 37416 on Sunday, June 9, with visitation at 2 p.m. and service at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Hosanna House, Chattanooga Food Bank or St. Thaddaeus Book of Remembrance.

Please visit to view the online memorial tribute and share condolences with the family.

Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.

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