Richard Kneeshaw

Richard Ellington Kneeshaw

Sunday, October 19th, 1947 - Tuesday, February 4th, 2020
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Richard “Rick” Kneeshaw, 72, of San Diego, California, peacefully passed into God’s hands surrounded by his family after a short battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer on February 4, 2020.

Rick is survived by his wife Lenora (Schulte) of 47 years, daughter Kathy (Tyler) McIntosh, grandchildren Emma & Andrew McIntosh, brother George (Terry) Kneeshaw, sisters Rosalie (Norm) Lorenzen and MaryAnn (Larry) Parkhurst, 19 nieces and nephews and his beloved dog Charlie.

Rick was born October 19, 1947 in San Diego, California to Harriet (Marks) and Richard Kneeshaw. He contracted polio at age 3 and received ongoing treatment at Shriners Hospital for Children in Los Angeles. Rick graduated from University of San Diego High School in 1965 and received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo in 1970. Rick worked for Rohr Industries & Litton Automated Systems for 25 years.

Upon returning to San Diego, Rick became active in the San Diego Catholic Alumni Club where he met and married Lenora Schulte of Emery, South Dakota on October 21, 1972. Their daughter Kathy was born in 1974. Rick and Lenora enjoyed traveling through Europe, numerous cross-country trips in their motorhome and cruising the world together.

After his engineering career, Rick returned to the University of San Diego to obtain his Masters of Arts in Leadership Studies in 1998. He then began teaching math at his alma mater University of San Diego High School to teach geometry.

Rick was an active volunteer in the community and treasured the friendships he made through his involvement. He served as a leader in establishing Good Shepherd Catholic School, as president of the San Diego Post-Polio Survivors Group, school board president at USDHS, board member of the Disability Rights Legal Center and a proud member of the Uni Class of 1965 reunion committee. Rick loved serving as the “unofficial” mayor of his neighborhood, baking bread, woodworking, talking on his ham radio, walking Charlie in the park and watching his grandchildren grow.

A memorial mass will be held at 10:00am on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church at 11451 Blue Cypress Drive, San Diego, CA 92131. A reception will follow mass.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Shriners Hospital at
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    Saint Gregory The Great Catholic Church
    11451 Blue Cypress Dr
    San Diego, Ca 92131
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