Knox L. Rhine

Lt. Knox L. Rhine, retired, was 65 years of age when he died Sunday, April 14, 2013, at the
University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., following a rare complication from a liver
transplant he received April 3.

Knox was a man of many talents. He served 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, working in avionics
as well as water and helicopter search and rescue. Knox earned an Air Medal Award for rescuing six
people from a sinking ship.

Following his time in the Coast Guard, Knox worked at Boeing Aircraft as a lead avionics technician.
One of his assignments was working the Field Service Rep on the Presidential aircraft, “Air Force
One.” Knox’s position was working for TSA in Wichita.

Knox was also a well known country/western line dance competitor, judge, choreographer and
instructor. He judged competitions and taught at workshops throughout the United States, Canada,
Australia and New Zealand. Both he and his wife enjoyed dancing, traveling and spending time with
their loving families and the many friends they made.

But Knox is best remembered by our club as a funny, outgoing, cheerful and optimistic supporter of
the Icelandic Sheepdog. He was the fifth ISAA president, serving for five years (2002-2007). He
traveled to Iceland to attend a joint conference with Iceland and Europe to develop the breed
standard. He and his wife, Bette, were founding and lifetime members of ISAA. They raised and
bred Icelandic Sheepdogs for many years as Nor’Star Icelandics.

Knox also enjoyed many years working on getting the breed recognized by the AKC. After his years
as president, Knox worked tirelessly to maintain a database for Icelandic Sheepdogs, IS pedigrees,
which is published on the ISAA website as a pedigree generator. It contained thousands of Icelandic
Sheepdogs pedigrees and health information at the time of his death.

Knox is survived by many loved ones, including his parents, his wife, a son and daughter as well as
2 stepsons, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. a sister and brother, four nieces and one
nephew, and three beloved dogs, Pineridge Disa Be Nikki, Sand Creek Disa Be Sassi and Rosie ( a

In lieu of flowers, the family graciously suggested donations in Knox’s name to The Icelandic
Sheepdog Association of America (ISAA) as well as a caregiving organization.
Kathleen & Gordon McDaniel
Mary & Gary Skoog
George & Janice Arnold   
Charlie & Marvella James
Floyd & Kathy Arrington
Joyce & Vance Truskett  
Larr & Bev Koehn  
Bruce & Lois Collings
Bruce Huntsman, Jerry Myers, Greg Westrup,
Beuferd Fletcher, Tom Huntsman,
Tom Herzog, & Wally McCord
Edward Young & Karon Ballance
Judi Vittetoe
Ben & Lynn Marianno
Applied to  
The Icelandic Sheepdog Memorial  Fund
If you would like to make a donation,
please send a check or money order to:

ISAA Treasurer
Judi Vittetoe
24117 E. Rosewood
Newman Lake, WA 99025