Russell D Etzenhouser, III, M.D.

Russell D. Etzenhouser, III, M.D. passed away on January 2, 2013 at the age of 78. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Marie, daughter, Missy, son Russell IV and his wife Beth and grandsons, Russell V and Robert, son Bill and his wife Shelley and grandchildren Claire and Brian. Russell was born in Independence, Missouri on November 25, 1934. He was a graduate of William Chrisman High School, The University of Kansas and The University of Kansas Medical School. He served in the United States Air Force. He was a much admired pediatrician in Johnson County for nearly 50 years. His true passion, after medicine, was his family and he was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Visitation will be Saturday, January 5 at 1 pm, followed by a memorial service at 3 pm at The Presbyterian Church of Stanley, 14895 Antioch, Overland Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Lakeview Village Foundation Good Samaritan Fund or The Presbyterian Church of Stanley.


  1. Paul Heintz II on November 4, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Dr. Etzenhouser was my doctor until I turned 18. He was a great person and doctor.

    May he rest in peace…

  2. Bart Etzenhouser on March 22, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Dr. Etzenhouser, whom I met by accident, was the attending ped doc the night my daughter was born. Her mother and I were quite surprised when a man, greatly resembling my grandfather (23 years deceased) walked into our hospital room, announcing “I want to meet this family with my last name.”
    Dr. Etzenhouser, a cousin never met until then, was very kind. He was a very warm hearted man. He will be missed.

    Bart Etzenhouser.

    • Joan Lentz Richardson on August 12, 2020 at 11:53 am

      I just found out about the passing of my friend and former boss, Russell Etzenhouser. I was his RN assistant and was the one who helped set up his office in Mission, Ks. many years ago. He was not only a great physician, but he and Marie also became our friends. He was so kind and caring with his young patients and parents, and I never received a complaint about him or his care. He became my own Pediatrician, caring for my children for a number of years. We lost contact over the years due to location changes, but have thought of him and his family often. God bless and rest in peace, boss.

  3. Jane Gardner (nee Russ) on January 6, 2013 at 10:41 am

    I have so many fond memories of Dr. Etzenhouser and his kindness to me growing up. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. He will be missed.


    Jane Gardner

  4. Mark and Kimberly Arends on January 4, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Marie and Family…I am sorry to not be able to make it to KC…I remeber your father as is he was an amazing gentleman. He really had passion for his life and it showed that he LOVED his family. My thgouhts are with you all. Love Mark..(Shelly and Bill’s brother.)

  5. Doug and Dana Gepford on January 4, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    We were so sorry to hear about Russell’s passing! Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. I know that Toody and Gep are with him right now!
    Doug, Dana Gepford and Family

  6. Tiffany Dantzler on January 4, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    My heart is filled with sorrow as I hear of he passing of your father. I have heard so many great stories of Dr. Etzenhouser’s passion for children and his family. My prayers are with you Bill and your family.
    With deepest sympathy,

  7. Karen Nieman Monk on January 3, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I’m so sorry to hear. Dr. Etzenhouser was such a kind and gentle person and a great friend to our family for so many years. He will be missed by so many. Our thoughts in Colorado are with you Marie and your family. Love you all, Karen

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